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Love Wins – The Ana Grace Project

The Ana Grace Project

The Ana Grace Project

Please join us in our excitement over this new, inspirational event coming up on December 2, 2013. Nelba Marquez-Greene, a fellow LMFT, lost her daughter Ana Grace on December 14 of 2012 and her motto of “Love Wins” has now turned into a movement. See if you too might be able to join in this important inaugural foundation event.


Earn Up to 6 CEUs: CTAMFT Professional Development Workshop

Earn up to 6 CEUs – October 25, 2013

The CTAMFT Professional Development Committee is proud to bring to you our Fall Workshop this year. We, your friends and colleagues, have worked tirelessly to bring our membership something special, timely and ultimately useful for your continuing education demands. We have created a full-day or half-day – morning or afternoon option – to meet your busy scheduling needs.

Plus, a really cool part, is that lunch is included with every registration!

We, as always, have worked to keep the cost of this yearly offering as accessible as possible. A full day is $90 and EITHER half-day option is $75, and all registrations include lunch.

We hope to see our friends and colleagues on the 25th, to get caught up and to learn about the changes in the DSM-5 that affects every one of our jobs. Plus, if you attend the morning Ethics session, you can claim the credits towards a reduction in your annual Liability Insurance fees.

If you have any questions, please contact Shannon, our new Association Manager.

Date: Friday October 25, 2013

Time: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: Shelton, CT – Courtyard Marriott
Cost: $90 full-day; $75 half-day
8:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
*8:30 AM – 12:30 PM Ethics in the MFT Profession with Dr. Sebastian Perumbilly (3 CEUs)
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM DSM-5 Overview with Dr. Danielle Moreggi (3 CEUs)


Morning Session: “Ethics in the MFT Profession,” Dr. Sebastian Perumbilly

Seb Perumbilly is an assistant professor in the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Southern Connecticut State University. He is actively involved with academic, clinical and research communities both in the United States and in India. He teaches Research Methods, Ethics and core courses in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). He holds an M.A. in Bioethics; and another M.A. and Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus in MFT from the University of Connecticut.

*This workshop is eligible towards liability insurance discount.

Afternoon Session: “DSM-5 Overview,” Dr. Danielle Moreggi

Dr. Danielle Moreggi has been providing psychological services since 1997 and has been a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of CT for over 10 years. With a private practice in Milford, CT, she provides psycho-therapy, assessment, and professional consultative services, with an expertise in college student mental health. She continues to serve as full-time faculty at the University of New Haven Psychology Department in West Haven, CT since 2001; and also as a professional trainer for the New England Institute of Addiction Studies (NEIAS) since 1998.

Staff Changes

As many of you are aware, Wendy Haggerty has served CTAMFT in a number of different roles over the past 3 years – most recently as our valued Association Manager. She has done a terrific job for us, including helping to generate public awareness about the credibility of MFT’s, growing our membership, streamlining communication, securing outstanding speakers for our programs and much, much more! Her contribution has been vital to the success of CTAMFT.

Effective October 1, Wendy will be stepping down to concentrate on her expanding practice, as well as teaching and spending more time with her family. She will continue to support CTAMFT as the role transitions to the new Association Manager.

We are thrilled to welcome Shannon Eterginio! Shannon joined CTAMFT last spring as the behind-the-scenes person helping to manage the 2013 Annual Conference. She comes to us from Crimson Communications – a boutique marketing agency she founded, where her breadth of expertise ranges from day-to-day operations management, client service, marketing, public relations, social networking, legal and accounting matters and much more. In her new role as CTAMFT’s Association Manager, Shannon will be responsible for all day-to-day activities, including handling incoming/outgoing communications, working with CTAMFT’s various committees, as well as spearheading this year’s Annual Conference, The New Brain Science of Connection. Please join us in welcoming Shannon to the team! She can be reached at the Association’s phone number (860-952-9MFT/9638) or via email.

Annual Conference Recap and 2014 Save-the-Date

Late this past April, hundreds of us gathered together at the Mystic Marriott for our 2013 CTAMFT Annual Conference; “Healing Through Family Therapy.” We shared time learning, acknowledging colleagues, networking, and having great fun! This was the second year of an extended offering and the first time regionalization efforts resulted in a conference that was coordinated with our neighboring divisions, this year being Rhode Island division. We also had two keynote presenters, Dr. Kenneth Hardy and Dr. Eliana Gil, both of whom provided excellent learning opportunities. Much of the presentation material is available online at ctamft.org. We are also working on offering a couple of the workshop presentations for continuing educational opportunities through video downloads to those who were unable to attend and are interested in the topics. We will provide more details on those offerings soon.

All whom were in attendance at this year’s conference had the honor of witnessing a very special award presented to our colleague and friend Nelba L. Márquez-Greene, LMFT. Nelba, in the midst of personal tragedy and sorrow at the loss of her daughter, Ana Grace, has been a strong and vocal advocate for the need of a focus upon nurturing and supporting family wellness along the entire continuum of American families, from urban to suburban settings. Speaking as an MFT, Nelba has raised awareness of the unique and relevant role MFTs play in this important social endeavor. She has served CTAMFT as a former board member and has contributed to the professional conversation through her work which outlines the importance of inclusion of cultural diversity as an essential lens in training and service provision. It is with great respect and admiration that CTAMFT presented Nelba Márquez-Greene the “Service to Families” Award in recognition of her advocacy efforts in the support of family wellness and the role MFTs play in contributing to the greater good of children and families.

Another acknowledgement for “Service to the Organization” was presented to Wendy Haggerty, Association Manager of CTAMFT. In her three years of service to CTAMFT, Wendy has brought to the organization a sophisticated degree of organizational development, marketing and event planning expertise, a deep understanding of working with the unique structure and goals of a professional membership organization, and a warm hearted diplomacy in her interactions on a state and national level.

Our Pamela Griffin Student Scholarship Awards were also presented during the conference and we congratulated Sarah Brixner (Southern Connecticut State University) and Trina Wong (Fairfield University) as recipients of the local scholarship awards this year. We are also pleased to have awarded Laura Filloramo (University of Saint Joseph) the scholarship to attend the AAMFT Annual Conference happening later this year.

We would like to take this time to acknowledge our 2013 Conference Committee who did exceptional work to deliver this year’s Annual Conference. The Committee succeeded in delivering two very organized and delightful days. The dates, location and overall theme have been confirmed for our 2014 Annual Conference. Please mark your calendars for April 24-25, 2014 for “Innovations in Marriage & Family Therapy” to be held at the Trumbull Marriott.

It’s Almost Here!

Mystic MarriottThe CTAMFT Annual Conference is just days away!

On April 25 and 26, 2013 we are proud to bring you what we consider to be the best conference this country has to offer.

We have packed 2 days full of learning, networking and sharing, there is  something for absolutely everyone.

The beautiful Mystic Marriott helps make this 2-day event even more special.

Please contact any of the Board members if you have questions or need more information, and we look forward to seeing you there!

2013 CPT Code Changes

For 2013 there have been major changes to the codes in the Psychiatry section of the AMA’s Current Procedural Terminology, the codes that must be used for billing and documentation for all insurers. These changes apply to any services provided beginning January 1, 2013.

  • A distinction has been made between an initial evaluation with medical services done by a physician (90792) and an initial evaluation done by a non-physician (90791).
  • The psychotherapy codes have been simplified and expanded to include time with both the patient and/or family member: There are now just three timed codes to be used for psychotherapy in all settings (90832  30-minutes; 90834  45-minutes; 90837  60-minutes) instead of a distinction made by setting and whether E/M services were provided.
  • The psychotherapy codes that remain the same include family therapy, patient not present (90846), family therapy with patient present (90847), multi-family group treatment (90849) and group therapy (90853).

There are also new codes for Crisis Psychotherapy, Interactive Complexity Add-on, and extended session times (+30-minutes, +45-minutes and +60-minutes), if your agency or practice accommodates those scenarios.

Please visit ctamft.org and read the AMA’s full description in more detail.

Changes in Connecticut

We are re-posting Dorothy’s President’s Letter, recently featured in the Connecticut Connection, to better ensure that all members learn about the changes in store for CTAMFT.


Dear Members,

We all understand that change is inevitable and even though change has always been a part of life it seems that change is happening faster than ever before. Being able to adapt and respond effectively in a constantly changing world has become a necessary skill. How we respond to change is a funny thing. When we initiate change we may view it as stimulating and full of opportunities. When change is imposed on us, our experience is likely to be quite different.

“The Drama of Opposites” written by Charlette Mikulka, a presenter at our upcoming 2013 Annual Conference, helps to illustrate this point in family life. The changes and “growth” of our professional association also demonstrates this to us as a group. So what types of changes are we referring to now you may be asking yourself?

A significant change that has been determined by the Board to be important in adapting to the changing times, as well as being fiscally responsible, is the elimination of future printings of the newsletter. Communication platforms have shifted so significantly over the last two years and we believe that we can reach our members most efficiently and effectively in an electronic format. Even Newsweek magazine has recently announced that they will publish their final print edition December 31st, as they go completely digital in 2013. We have already been publishing a Monthly E-News and our plans include enhancement of this communications vehicle as we move ahead.

Another change that is underway is the offering of a new marketing/advertising program that provides an opportunity for members and other organizations promoting workshops and trainings to gain inclusion on our website and reach members via email with a Listserv package. This is in part due to diminishing income from individuals seeking MFT CEUs for workshops, a change that has been occurring over time due to many providers choosing to offer just NASW CEUs, which meet the requirements for MFTs as well. This new program will go into effect as of January 1st, 2013, and will include the limiting of Listserv postings that are advertising directly to members for workshops and trainings to those that have either contributed via applying for MFT CEUs or have taken advantage of the new marketing/advertising program.

A final note on change has to do with our 2013 Annual Conference on April 25-26. Following a year of engaging our neighboring divisions in discussion about collaborating for growth opportunities, the Rhode Island division has elected to join us in hosting an expanded conference offering. Our upcoming conference will encompass two days and feature multiple popular presenters including: Dr. Kenneth Hardy, Dr. Eliana Gil and Charlette Mukulka. There will be new social and networking opportunities along with special offers from the Mystic Marriott to enhance your visit and encourage overnight stays. We will also offer multiple ticketing options to accommodate various needs. Further details and registration will be available soon.

On a closing note, I would like to remind members that one way to accept change more readily is to be a part of it and understand all that goes into the decisions that are being made on behalf of the organization. We are actively recruiting at this time for committee involvement and hope that you will consider getting involved. Some of our more active committees include: Membership, Annual Conference, Professional Development, Ethics, the Student Committee and the Legislative Task Force. For further information please email us at manager@ctamft.org.

-Best Regards, Dorothy Timmermann, LMFT

CTAMFT Call for Poster Submissions

April 25-26, 2013
Mystic Marriott, Mystic, CT

Submission Deadline: January 15, 2013

The Poster Session Committee invites the submission of proposals for poster presentations during the 2013 CTAMFT Annual Conference. Posters will be prominently displayed during the Annual Conference. In addition, presenters will be asked to stand by their poster during the poster session to respond to comments and questions posed by conference attendees. Posters will be presented on Friday April 26th, the second day of the Conference.

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 in the field of family therapy. While the Poster Session is used to enhance the scope of information offered by the conference, posters that include work with children or families are encouraged.

Anyone who plans to attend the CTAMFT Annual Conference is welcome to submit a poster as a way to enhance the conference experience. Teams of researchers or clinicians may submit posters if at least one member of the team will be present at the Annual Conference. Posters will be selected based upon the quality and relevance of the proposed presentation, with preference given first to CTAMFT members, next to individuals and organizations in Connecticut, and finally to out-of-state presenters. Accepted presenters will be notified by February 15, 2013 and must confirm their attendance by March 1, 2013.

A complete Call for Posters Proposals can be found on CTAMFT.org.

More information is also available by contacting: Dr. Rachel Tambling, Poster Committee Chair

2013 Annual Conference Save-the-Date

CTAMFT is excited to announce the expansion of our 2013 Annual Conference to include the Rhode Island Division and a two-day event that will begin in the afternoon Thursday, April 25th through Friday, April 26th; once again at the beautiful Mystic Marriott. With a focus on Family Therapy: Working with Children and Adolescents, we are finalizing our agreements to welcome Dr. Eliana Gil and Dr. Kenneth Hardy as our two keynote speakers. Single day admission will be available in addition to the full conference admission to offer flexibility to attendees. We do hope that many will plan ahead and share extended time with fellow CTAMFT members and other guests including our neighbors from RIAMFT. More details will be available soon.