The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy is the professional association for the field of marriage and family therapy. The organization represents the professional interests of more than 50,000 marriage and family therapists throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.
Prison Fellowship’s InnerChange Freedom Initiative is a Christian religious program meant to help prisoners make the transition back to freedom. InnerChange starts working with them behind bars and organizes support and volunteers from local churches to help them upon their release.
The Institute for Practical Ethics & Public Life provides an intellectual home for professors and students from across the University of Virginia who wish to purse interdisciplinary scholarship, research and teaching on the complex ethical issues that underlie contemporary professional, organizational and public life. The Institute is directed by James F. Childress.
The ElderSpirit Community for people 55 and older in Abingdon, Va., has a focus on late-life spirituality. Residents also agree to care for one another as they age in a community of mutual support. Dedicated in June 2006, the 38-home community has a core group of former nuns. Catherine Rumschlag is the first resident, Dene Peterson the founder. Monica Appleby is director of the ESC Extension Project, working with six groups interested in developed similar communities elsewhere.
The Retirement Research Foundation in Chicago promotes elder-friendly communities. It funded a project to replicate the ElderSpirit Community in Abingdon, Va., in other areas and provided some development money for the community. Marilyn Hennessy is president.