CTAMFT Professional Development
Welcome to the Professional Development section of the CTAMFT website. This is a place for articles, book reviews, workshops and other learning opportunities that support the professional growth of new and seasoned marriage and family therapists. It is designed to support your development as a professional. Your suggestions for topic-specific articles and workshops are encouraged. They may include, but not limited to, starting, maintaining and enhancing a private practice, social media and family therapy, clinical issues, working within social service agencies, education and supervision of marriage and family therapists, etc.
Notice Regarding AAMFT Bylaw Vote Taking Place Through August 15
Dear CTAMFT Colleagues,
Regarding the AAMFT by-law vote taking place this summer through August 15:
Many of you have asked us our opinions regarding the proposed AAMFT by-law changes. Our division charter limits us as Connecticut Board members to follow AAMFT direction regarding voicing opinions about AAMFT matters. Therefore, we will share how either vote will be likely to play out in Connecticut:
A "yes" vote would eliminate the Connecticut division by ending mandatory dues payments and division leadership, with a transition starting in January 2016. This will mean all leadership authority and fiscal decision-making will be centralized with the national organization with a focus on forming special interest groups.
In the event that CT MFTs choose not to fund local services in any respect, lobbying, employment advocacy, local conferences/CEUs and statewide student/new grad mentoring in Connecticut would end.
We are optimistic, however, that local adaptations are possible, and will consider forming an organization independent from AAMFT to close any gaps in services.
A “no” vote would maintain mandatory local dues payments and fund the services that are currently in place in Connecticut until a new plan is accepted. If a plan for restructuring is re-drawn, we would advocate that it include specifics for all regions that AAMFT serves, regarding ways to:
- maximize strengths to promote the MFT profession locally
- include regional leadership roles and information gathering
- address weaknesses and threats to the MFT profession
- incorporate fiscal plans for specific regional and lobbying initiatives
- incorporate service region culture and demographics
- incorporate future service trends in the MFT profession
We strongly encourage you to check for your AAMFT ballot and control number, emailed May 29, or vote via paper ballot before the vote ends August 15.
We fully support your vote based on your own interpretation of the abundant information shared. For more information, feel free to call work numbers for Heather 203-438-3139 and Denise, at 860-486-2396.
CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE
CEU Opportunity: Social Media Workshop
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