Mission Statement

 

The New England Association for Family and Systemic Therapy is the professional home for family and systemic therapists in Massachusetts and surrounding states. We are a membership organization of professionals dedicated to the advancement of family and systemic therapy through advocacy, networking, and education.

Advocacy: NEAFAST seeks to communicate the effectiveness and quality of family and systemic therapy to lawmakers, insurance boards, employing agencies, and the public. We are currently creating an annotated bibliography and fact sheet with studies that describe the value of numerous types of family and systemic therapy in a variety of contexts. This information will help us build relationships with policy makers who inform practice on government and agency levels. If you'd like to join our advocacy committee, please email our advocacy chair, Donald Paine.

Networking: NEAFAST seeks to collaborate with other professionals who provide family and systemic therapy. We have created a region-wide referral system of therapists who work with various family arrangements and presenting problems. We provide settings for therapists to build relationships through our Networking Events, many of which provide continuing education credits and professional development advice. We highlight and celebrate the accomplishments of our members through our social media outlets. If you'd like to join our networking committee, please email our networking chair, Katherine Manners.

Education: NEAFAST seeks to improve the quality of therapeutic training through our oversight of high-quality, relevant systems-informed learning experiences. NEAFAST is a clearinghouse for continuing education opportunities that focus on couples and family therapy, both to meet state requirements for licensed marriage and family therapists in Massachusetts, and to train other therapists in family and systemic therapy. Our website houses ongoing CE events and basic standards for continuing education in family and systemic therapy. We also support the work of the NEAFAST Consortium, a group of organizations in Massachusetts which provide continuing education explicitly in systems-informed content. If you'd like to join our education committee, please email our education chair, Rick Hendricks.

For more information about how NEAFAST can meet your professional needs, or if you'd like to help us meet our mission, please look through our website, or email us at [email protected].