Association Of Family Psychiatrists

Enhancing Family Oriented Care

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, psychiatry residents, and practicing psychiatrists to include families in treatmentdevelop psychoeducation programs and resources to support families, and advance the field with program development, writing, and research.

Our Mission

  • 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


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Executive Board: Ellen Berman (President), Allison Heru (Treasurer), Greg Miller (Liaison to the Assembly)

Executive Committee: Sarah Nguyen, Daniel Patterson, Judith Katz, Tim Rice, Ayol Samuels, Anthony Rostain

Membership Subcommittee:  Ayol Samuels, Anthony Rostain

Training Subcommittee: Sarah Nguyen (Chair)  Tim Rice, Daniel Patterson, Judith Katz