WMU News

Hovestadt to head national marriage and family group

Sept. 12, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Alan J. Hovestadt, professor of counselor education and counseling psychology at Western Michigan University, is the new president-elect of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Hovestadt was elected by the 28,000-member organization, which represents the professional interests of more than 75,000 licensed marriage and family therapists practicing in the United States, Canada and abroad. He will serve as president-elect for 2003 and 2004 and then move into the presidency for 2005 and 2006.

A fellow of the AAMFT, Hovestadt has twice been honored by the organization with national awards and previously served as the group's treasurer and as a board member. He also served as president of the AAMFT Foundation, an endowed trust used to facilitate research in the profession. The Washington, D.C.-based AAMFT is focused on research, theory development and education, and has developed national standards for education, training, clinical supervision, licensing and professional ethics.

Hovestadt, a WMU faculty member since 1985, has served as president of the Michigan Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and has been appointed by Gov. John Engler to serve two terms as a member of the State of Michigan Board of Marriage and Family Therapy.

Media contact: Gail Towns, 269 387-8400, gail.towns@wmich.edu

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