Social Justice Initiative

We stand in solidarity with those who are marginalized or those whose worth in the world is called into question. We are allies to one another.

FPI’s Vision of Acceptance

The American society should be a place where all families have the opportunity to achieve their full potential regardless of skin color, birthplace, or structure. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.” As we celebrate the birthday and legacy of Dr. King, let us reaffirm our commitment to treat all families with respect, dignity, and fairness. With acceptance, civility, and tolerance we at Family Process Institute aim to set a tone of inclusiveness. We embrace a culture of equality in research, theory, practice, and policy for the benefit of all families. We ask that you join us in appreciating and encouraging a society free of discrimination and barriers to optimal family development. The time is now to do what is right.

Sincerely, Marlene F. Watson, President

FPI’s social justice statement:

The Family Process Institute unequivocally affirms the right to life, liberty and happiness for all people regardless of race, creed, color, sexual orientation, religion, age and ability. We denounce all actions, including policies and laws, that target, oppress, exploit and cause injustice to any group of citizens.

As mental health practitioners and systemic thinkers we advocate respect, equity and inclusion for the sake of our collective humanity. We strongly believe that diversity is our strength and call on everyone to say no to intolerance, hate and bigotry.

In solidarity, we stand with those who speak up and out for social justice.

Position Statements

See our position statement on Child Separation from Families

American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) position statements


“Working with African American Clients and Families” with Nancy Boyd-Franklin.

October 26, 2018 Rutgers