Connecticut Division

2017 CTAMFT Spring Conference 

Resilience: Change Among Uncertainty

We want to thank all of the members that attended the 2017 CTAMFT April Conference this past Friday! The Board Members would like to especially thank those of you who addressed the panel with their questions and opinions about the proposed restructuring. For those of you who did not have a chance to ask their questions; please feel free to send any additional questions to We will compile all unanswered questions and provide the entire membership with the answers in the form of a newsletter, podcast, or future town hall event. 


CTAMFT would also like to thank the Trumbull Marriott Hotel for being such great hosts and creating an amazing environment for our conference. Last but not least, we would also like to thank Mel Schwartz, LCSW, for a great key-note presentation on change and the uncertainty that accompanies it! 


Please stay on the lookout for an upcoming Letter from the President that will address some more of your unanswered questions from the Town Hall Event. 

Welcome to CTAMFT! 

We are the professional association that represents Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) in Connecticut. We work to promote the well-being of individuals, couples, families, and other systems through the advancement of the profession and practice of marriage and family therapy. CTAMFT is a division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and is a 501-c-6 organization. 

Often thought of as marriage counseling, couple counseling or family counseling, marriage and family therapy works from a perspective that is unique in the mental health field. MFTs provide individual therapy, couple therapy and family therapy, within a wide range of settings. 

Families influence individuals and therefore may need to be part of treatment. In marriage and family therapy, the unit of treatment isn't just the person, even if only a single person is interviewed. It is the set of relationships in which the person is imbedded. 

Marriage and family therapy is:

  • Brief
  • Solution-focused
  • Specific, with attainable therapeutic goals
  • Designed with the "end in mind"

Marriage and family therapists treat a wide range of serious clinical problems including: depression, marital problems, anxiety, individual psychological problems, and parent-child issues. 

Who are Marriage and Family Therapists?

Marriage and family therapists are licensed mental health practitioners educated with a master's or doctoral degree. They are trained with a minimum of two (2) years of supervised clinical experience. MFTs are family-focused psychotherapists and mental health generalists. While many are in private practice, MFTs can also be found in schools, government agencies, businesses, hospitals and other health care facilities (i.e. community mental health centers, residential treatment facilities), legal and correctional systems and county mental health departments. 

What is the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)?

Based in Alexandria, VA, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy is the professional association for the field of Marriage and Family Therapy representing the interests of more than 24,000 MFTs throughout the United States and Canada. AAMFT develops standards for graduate education and training, clinical supervision, professional ethics and the clinical practice of marriage and family therapy. The Association leads the way to increasing understanding, research and education in the field of marriage and family therapy, and ensuring that the needs of the public are met by trained practitioners. 

For additional information on the marriage and family therapist profession or the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, please contact:

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 838-9808

Connecticut Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

1224 Mill Street, Bldg. B, East Berlin, CT 06023  (860) 952-9638




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  • Letter from the President - Upcoming CTAMFT Conference 


    Dear Treasured Members and friends of CTAMFT;


    “Try not to resist the changes that come your way.  Instead, let life live through you.  And do not worry that your life is turning upside down.  How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come” - Rumi


    Whether you are with us for the first time; if you are a student, an associate member, newly licensed, or a seasoned colleague change is upon us all at CTAMFT.  We have been preparing for many months now the impending transition that has been in the works for a long while at our national level within AAMFT, which will culminate during this summer 2017 by-law vote.  Please participate and let your voice be heard.  Like you, my role as a Marriage and Family Therapist is not just a title or a job but a life choice and a personal identity.  Our professional association has been the hub for many of us; to learn, grow, and connect.  For countless members who have partaken in leadership roles here at CTAMFT you have invested your life force and your passion for the practice and profession of Marriage and Family Therapy.  You have all made an enormous impact on your friends, colleagues, professionals within our state and nationally, and ultimately the clients we serve and impact.  For this, I wish to thank you as a collective body of people making a difference in the world, in my world, in each other’s world.  


    AAMFT’s direction is changing, and with that, we here in Connecticut at CTAMFT are prepared to adapt and grow into the new challenges ahead.  The geographic divisions will be replaced with interest networks, special topical groups and a variety of other forms during the next few years.  A favorite quote of mine is “I know that when one door closes another always opens…but man, these hallways are a bitch”.  Your CTAMFT Board volunteers are now the hallway monitors, lighting the way and guiding us to our new direction.  We have a strong and solid plan that will carry us through the transition from where we have been to where we are going.  I am confident in the new team that is forming here at CTAMFT, these leaders are filled with new ideas, youthful energy, and are embracing the challenges ahead of us.  They know what is important; protecting our licenses, keeping us employed, creating an opportunity to connect and grow.  I am certain our future is bright.  I see the light of the door opening far at the end of the hallway.  Let’s join collected while we walk a bit in the darkness of uncertainty, but let us walk together knowing, as only MFT’s certainly know, it’s the relationships that count the most. 


    With Love,


    Heather M Ehinger

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