May 2022 Message
WE ARE GAMFT and STAND UNITED!
Dear GAMFT Community,
On behalf of the GAMFT Board of Directors as well as committee and chapter leadership, we extend our deepest condolences and support to those directly and indirectly affected by the war in Ukraine, the Buffalo shooting that targeted and took the lives of ten Black residents of Buffalo, New York, and most recently, the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas in which the lives of 19 children and two adults were taken. We are deeply saddened and horrified by these tragic and violent attacks and know that lives and communities will forever be changed. While words will never be enough, we stand united with their communities and fellow MFTs who serve them. We extend our compassion, empathy, and support during this extremely difficult time to each and every one of you.
As Marriage and Family Therapists, we have specialized training in and an awareness of the systemic impact that violence, overt and covert racism, oppression, and inequity have on all of us. As our members and their clients continue to mourn, to process, and to foster healing, GAMFT is here to help support and encourage taking the necessary time to care for yourselves and your loved ones. We are also beginning to take the steps to no longer be silent on these matters.
For now, it is with great hope that the resources below will assist in the process of healing (obtained from AAMFT.org):
- Disastershock – How to Cope with the Emotional Stress of a Major Disaster
- Supporting Children Through Their Grief Journey
- How the Death of a Child Can Impact a Marriage
- Racial Justice Resources for MFTs
- Tips for Parenting During Times of Crisis
We will continue to use our systemic knowledge to help guide policy change, stand up for our clients and our communities, and to help shape a better world. You are not alone, and GAMFT is here to continue to stand on the right side of history.
GAMFT Board of Directors