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Letter from the President – AAMFT Restructure Report

Denise Parent, LMFT, President of CTAMFT

Denise Parent, LMFT, President of CTAMFT

by Denise Parent, LMFT, President of CTAMFT (president@ctamft.org)

Hello everybody, welcome back, after one of the most gorgeous summers I can remember!

Both AAMFT and CTAMFT have been busy! Stay tuned for our September E-News, which is coming out shortly. In the meantime, we feel it’s important to discuss the many changes underway at AAMFT, which will certainly impact us on a local/CT division level. I encourage you to please read this closely and share your thoughts with us, as well as AAMFT.

It is our understanding that next month, AAMFT’s restructuring task force (or DASC), is likely to recommend that AAMFT move toward centralizing services at AAMFT in order to create a more uniform MFT “brand.” We believe that AAMFT is heading toward creating a structure similar to the American Counseling Association (ACA) in which members will be invited to join the national organization and optional practice specialty groups – eliminating geographic divisions like CTAMFT.

AAMFT’s rationale is that in order to adapt to changing membership demographics, service inequities from state-to-state, and to address the needs of the future – structural change is necessary. Any changes will likely take four to six years to realize, and will depend on an AAMFT Board vote this October, followed up by a full membership vote in order to change the AAMFT bylaws.

The logistical process of any change has not yet been discussed. These decisions will create the organization that represents our profession in the coming years. The CTAMFT Board and the five MFT academic programs in Connecticut feel strongly that no matter what structure is decided upon, there needs to be a strong association presence locally for employment advocacy/legislation, as well as support for students, new professionals and clinical members as they navigate their careers.

On behalf of CTAMFT, I strongly encourage you to share your thoughts with the AAMFT task force (DASC) via their Community Forum.

Furthermore, we’d like you to share your opinions with us at CTAMFT. Please link here (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8FTCBTT) for a short (we promise!) survey. The intent is to learn from you the local services you count on and value as members of CTAMFT. Your opinion counts and we’re hopeful you will take a few minutes to respond.

In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us at CTAMFT. I can be reached at president@ctamft.org.

Student Committee Corner!

by Jessica Floyd, Student Representative and Mika Vinci, Student Consultant
CTAMFT Student Committee (students@ctamft.org

Welcome to CTAMFT’s first Student Committee Corner! Student Committee Corner is a new column in our newsletter aimed at giving our student membership information that’s relevant to you and your studies.

As we look forward to 2014, we are pleased to share some of the goals CTAMFT’s Student Committee has set for the coming year.

A large priority for us is to increase awareness of events, including workshops and lectures, at schools throughout the State where CTAMFT student members can attend, learn and network. A new page has been added to the “Students” section of the Website titled, “Student Events.”

Second, we are pleased to share that due to popular demand, the Student Committee will be bringing back CTAMFT’s student dinner on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the Trumbull Marriott – in conjunction with CTAMFT’s 2014 Annual Conference. We will also be giving you the opportunity to network at this dinner with potential job contacts. Be sure to save the date and stay tuned for more information!

Finally, please note that CTAMFT has a Student Committee member located at each of the MFT programs throughout the State. Please feel free to reach out to your school’s contact with questions or suggestions for us at any time.