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A Message from CCSU

CTAMFT is always proud to offer its members information on new programs.

CCSU now offers a weekend cohort track in the MFT Program. Please see the attached flyer  (Weekend flyer Summer 2016 – General (rev 12-10-15) for more information.

 

AAMFT Restructure Vote Results Are In

Dear Connecticut Membership;

The results are in from AAMFT’s recent call for partial by-law changes that would include eliminating the state divisions.

The vote DID NOT PASS. This means the vote to eliminate the state divisions did not pass. The result percentages per state were published, and in CT, we were very close to 50% in favor of keeping the CT division intact; while 50% voted for elimination of divisions. Many of the other states were either slightly or significantly in favor of the change, and a few states were strongly opposed. We do not know the total number of voters per state, so we do not yet know what percentage of the CT membership that voted. We do know that AAMFT needed a 2/3 vote (66.6%) to pass and only received 61%.

What does this mean for us here in CT? For now, it means that nothing changes in terms of how your dues are distributed, including day-to-day operations of the Connecticut division. We do anticipate that AAMFT will have a backup plan, which we expect to hear more about at this year’s national conference in Austin, Texas next week, September 3-6, 2015. I am pleased to represent you, along with several of our Board members, as well as our Student Representative. We will gather as much information as possible and share it with you after reviewing at our next Board meeting on September 11, 2015 at Fairfield University.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to talk to all of us on the Board and who contributed to the rich discussions and provided feedback. Thank you for taking the time to vote on this important topic.

Warm regards for a happy fall, and I will be in touch soon.

Kindly,
Heather Ehinger
President, CTAMFT

Heather Ehinger

Restructure Vote Closes Saturday, August 15 at 4:00 PM!

This Saturday, August 15th at 4:00 p.m. voting will close regarding the AAMFT proposed bylaw changes, which if passed will dissolve all State/Provincial divisions, including CTAMFT.

Please read more on our blog to learn about CTAMFT’s communication with regard to this vote. There is also further information here on our homepage: http://www.ctamft.org. More information from AAMFT regarding the proposed restructuring can be found here: http://www.aamft.org/restructuring/booklet.pdf.

In order to vote, you either need the control number that was mailed with your ballot (sent on May 29) or the special email link sent specifically to you on June 1 from aamft.ballot@intelliscaninc.com.

If you lost these items or did not receive them because you recently joined, renewed your membership or for some other reason – you can still vote! To do so, you must email Darlene at AAMFT (dschubert@aamft.org), and she will have the elections vendor send you a unique voting link. In order to ensure this response, email Darlene ASAP as AAMFT staff is not reachable on weekends.

If you have any further questions or feedback please email your local leadership at manager@ctamft.org.

Kind regards,
Heather Ehinger
President CTAMFT

Save the Date!

The CTAMFT 2015 Annual Conference is coming soon!

terry_video_thumbSave the date for CTAMFT’s 2015 Annual Spring Conference, which is scheduled for  April 30 – May 1, 2015, at the Trumbull Marriott. Our theme for 2015 is  “The Couple Experience: Therapy Comes Alive” featuring Terry Real.

Our keynote on Friday May 1, 2015 is couples therapist Terry Real, who will be bringing therapy to life with video and live demonstrations with couples.

maddenr_profilepageBack by popular demand, Bob Madden will be joining us once again to present legal and ethical issues related to couples therapy.

We will also have the usual opportunities for networking, posters and research.

So save the date and we look forward to seeing you there! More information is coming soon!

Student Corner

2015 Pamela N. Griffin Scholarship – Application Deadline Extended

Would you like to attend the 2015 national AAMFT Conference next fall in Austin, TX? Or perhaps the CTAMFT’s Annual Spring Conference April 30 – May 1, 2015 in Trumbull, Connecticut? Here’s how you can apply to receive either $500 for the national conference or full admission to CTAMFT’s 2015 Annual Spring Conference!

Pamela N. Griffin established a trust to award scholarships to MFT students entering the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. The intent of the scholarship is to support students wishing to attend CTAMFT, AAMFT and other MFT conferences.

The amount to be awarded in 2015 will be $1,250 – and distributed in two ways:

  1. One (1) award of $500.00 for the 2015 AAMFT National Conference (or another MFT conference of applicant’s preference).
  2. Five (5) awards of $150 to one student member from each MFT program in CT (i.e., one student will be selected from each of the following programs: SCSU, UConn, University of Saint Joseph, CCSU and Fairfield University) to attend CTAMFT’s annual conference on April 30 – May 1, 2015.

Please link here to learn more about this scholarship, as well as to download a copy of the application. The application deadline is Saturday, February 28, 2015.

Call for Posters, 2015

The Poster Session Committee invites the submission of proposals for poster presentations during the 2015 CTAMFT Annual Conference “The Couples Experience: Therapy Comes Alive!” The poster session will take place on Friday, May 1, 2015 from 12:30-1:30pm at the Trumbull Marriott. Presenters will be asked to stand by their poster during the poster session to respond to comments and questions posed by conference attendees.

A poster may be about research findings, clinical interventions, or any topic of interest to Marriage and Family Therapists. Posters can include text, charts, tables or other graphic representations suitable for conveying the message. We encourage posters that are creative and that address current issues or trends in the marriage and family therapy field. Teams may submit posters if at least one member of the team will be present during the poster session at the Annual Conference on May 1, 2015.

Posters will be based upon the quality and relevance of the proposed presentation. Poster Committee members will hold a blind review of submissions, with preference given to submissions that are consistent with the Annual Conference theme, “The Couples Experience: Therapy Comes Alive!” Accepted presenters will be notified by March 1, 2015 and must confirm attendance by March 15, 2015.

Four posters will be selected as recipients of the 2015 Poster Awards. Each poster category award winner will receive a cash prize of $100. The Poster Award categories are: Best Research-Based Poster, Best Clinically-Based Poster, Best Poster Related to Conference Theme, and Best Poster by a Clinical Fellow. The Poster Committee and CTAMFT Board will evaluate accepted posters being considered for the Poster Awards during the Annual Conference.

Completed applications shall consist of the “Poster Session Proposal Form,” which includes the “Poster Presenter Agreement.”

Posters selected for presentation must be no larger than 36” x 48”. In addition, each presenter should bring a sign-up sheet for conference participants who may want more information about their poster. For additional information about poster requirements, please contact the Poster Session Committee Chairs: Dr. Nicole O’Brien and Dr. Erica Hartwell at posters@ctamft.org.

Email the completed Proposal Form/Agreement to: posters@ctamft.org by February 1, 2015.

Elections Committee Update: New Executive Team and Directors Announced

Early this spring, we ran our annual elections.  We had a great deal of members running for open positions.  And while everyone was highly qualified, our membership has voted and made their selections.  Please join us in welcoming your newest Executive Team Members and Directors.  Their term begins in July.  If you would like to learn more about the new additions to our leadership team please link here.

Heather Ehinger

Heather Ehinger

Maryann LaBella

Maryann LaBella

Nicole O'Brien

Nicole O’Brien

Wendy Haggerty

Wendy Haggerty

Eve Hornstein

Eve Hornstein

 

 

 

 

Michelle Triompo

Michelle Triompo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Heather Ehinger was elected to serve as our incoming President-Elect. Heather will serve one year as President-Elect and move into the President position in July 2015.
  • Maryann LaBella has been elected to serve as our new Legislative Liaison.  In addition, Roxanne Pomeroy has graciously agreed to Chair the Legislative Committee for Maryann.
  • Nicole O’Brien has been elected to serve as a Director.
  • Wendy Haggerty has been elected to serve as a Director.
  • Eve Hornstein has been elected to serve as our Pre-Clinical Representative.
  • Michelle Triompo has been elected to serve as CTAMFT’s Student Representative.

For more information, please contact Paula Levy at elections@ctamft.org.