The Association of Family Psychiatrists is an association for psychiatrists, psychiatry residents, and allies. Our mission is to support psychiatrists and families in providing family oriented care. AFP is an allied organization of the American Psychiatric Association.
What is Family Psychiatry?
Family psychiatry supports family inclusive care for families of patients through the life cycle, from young child focused families through young adults, marriage or partnering, through the end of the life cycle. Family psychiatry includes family support, psychoeducation, family consultation and when appropriate, family therapy. It supports families as givers of history, as caregivers, and as persons with their own needs. Family psychiatrists train medical students, psychiatric residents, and practicing psychiatrists to include families in treatment, develop psychoeducation programs and resources to support families, and advance the field with program development, writing, and research.
- To connect family psychiatrists with one another
- To provide resources for therapists to share with families
- To strengthen training in family oriented care in medical schools and residencies, and encourage residents to specialize in helping families
- To raise awareness of family issues within the APA, AACAP, AADPRT and AAMC
- To encourage dissemination of family research within psychiatry
We are excited to introduce The AFP Listserv, an electronic discussion list for our members. It provides for the rapid exchange of information, assistance, and discussion of professional issues among AFP members. Participation in the listserv is a benefit of AFP membership. Professional questions – clinical, teaching, research, and consultation issues – and public policy concerns are all welcome. Requests for referral suggestions in other cities are always acceptable; in fact that is one of the main functions of our listserve. We encourage you to post information about workshops you are presenting or books/articles you have written. If you have recently read a great book, found a great DVD or a good teaching youtube video, please post that as well. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to email@example.com.
A Short History of Family Psychiatry
Psychiatrists have been central to the field of family therapy. Please click here to read more.
- Ellen Berman MD, President
- Alison Heru MD, Secretary-Treasurer
- Greg Miller MD, Liaison to the APA Assembly