Connecticut Division

Message from President-Elect

November 1st, 2017

Greetings MFT Community, 

I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween. As you may already know the AAMFT Bylaw vote passed over the summer which eliminated the mandatory state divisions. On Friday, October 13, 2017 the CTAMFT board voted to dissolve the non-profit 501C(6) status of CTAMFT and transfer funds to AAMFT. This is the first step to open a Connecticut Geographical Interest Network through AAMFT. The next step is for our members to vote to dissolve the non-profit status of CTAMFT and transfer the funds to AAMFT. Voting via email has already been sent out and we ask you for your support as we make this transition. Please vote "yes" to dissolve the non-profit and transfer our funds to AAMFT. 

Once the voting ends and we transition to a CT Geographical Interest Network, we will continue to have a local state presence and our focus will be on Education (offering CEU and networking opportunities) as well as Legislative/Advocacy (protecting and advancing our profession in CT). Connecticut's Geographical Interest Network will be optional to join and will need to reapply to AAMFT to continue our work. Part of this application is to prove there is a need for a Connecticut Geographical Interest Network and one of the factors to determine this is how many people we have opting in (i.e. paying to join the CT Geographical Interest Network). 

I ask you to please support the Connecticut Geographical Interest Network by checking the box on the new application forms in 2018. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Warmly, 
Jes
 

Jessica Joseff, LMFT
Jessica@Joseff.com
(203) 605-2245

CTAMFT President-Elect/Chair of CT Geographical Interest Network

Certified School Family Therapist
AAMFT Clinical Fellow
Central Connecticut State University Clinical Faculty

 


 

A Letter from our President

Dear MFT Community;

May 16, 2017

On April 28th, 2017, the CTAMFT Board of Directors, with the help of many volunteers and staff, held its possible last annual conference!

This may seem surprising to many of you.  Those of you who attended the conference may not be as shocked about this or the topic of AAMFT restructuring and the elimination of state divisions.   Many of you have been hard at work and play in your lives and have not been keeping up recently in the goings on at AAMFT and CTAMFT.  I would like to take this opportunity to give you a brief update to catch you up to speed and to consolidate the current situation so you feel in the know.

For many years, perhaps 8-10 years, our national organization has been working on looming challenges that face our organization.  The challenges that come into consideration and are impacting the future of our organization include the retirement of large numbers of membership, evolving membership needs, fluctuations in the health care system, political climates, economic changes, demographics shifts, and technology advancements to name many of the them.  These changes have factored into a decrease in membership at AAMFT, with further decrease predicted in years to come.  There has not been a decrease in numbers of MFT’s in the country but a decrease in membership.  Upon examining this phenomenon, the director and staff of AAMFT has made recommendations to the Board of Directors at AAMFT to reorganize the Association to combat these challenges.  Three years ago, a recommendation was pursued by national to eliminate the mandatory two-tiered structure (to date membership includes AAMFT and the member’s residence state automatically) to a more flexible structure.  The new format would provide the membership with options such as the ability to participate in topical groups, ones that might be subject based or even geographically based.  The benefits of this structure would be to create platforms for progressive research furthering our professional viability and professionalism, as well as giving members more options that other larger mental health organizations currently have.  This proposed structure would also conciliate funding for national advocacy and other resources needed to advance the profession. 

In the summer of 2015 AAMFT held a vote to change the bi-laws to eliminate the two-tiered structure.  The membership voted NO, with only a small margin against the restructuring.  You might have been aware of this vote but perhaps not.  If you were, you might recall that here in CT the numbers came in with about 50% of our members supporting the idea and the other 50% against the idea of restructuring.  As a leader in the organization at the time I was aware of many of the concerns for those who voted NO.  Some of these thoughts included fear of eliminating the following: legislative and advocacy support within our state to protect licensure, community gatherings, CEU opportunities locally, and finally lack of understanding the details and benefits of AAMFT’s new proposal.  Leadership at CTAMFT was also concerned with lack of communication by AAMFT with leadership in our state and others, lack of details surrounding the restructuring.  These caused our Board of Directors a degree of distrust, and we questioned the reasons behind this proposal.  Our instinct was to protect our division and support the current structure. 

Fast forward 2 years, CTAMFT Board of Directors and myself have worked tirelessly to research and explore the details and reasons behind the national proposal to restructure.  AAMFT has also spent the last two years reaching out to leadership across the country including CTAMFT for more detailed feedback, providing more inclusive dialogue with each state.  AAMFT has also worked hard to provide a more detailed plan for the organization to establish trust and confidence in its overall plans to reconfigure its organization.  A vote last years (2016) for bi-laws updates further promoted the need by national to implement a more unified front requiring all divisions to align with the national direction.  In February of 2017 the director of AAMFT, Tracy Todd, came to Connecticut and spend time with the board to answer any further questions we might have and provided further insight to the challenges facing our industry, our national association and the business of mental health overall.  He provided insight into the strategy that AAMFT has in protecting the profession of Marriage and Family Therapy. 

This summer, 2017, AAMFT will hold a new vote to once again eliminate the two-tiered membership structure and move in the direction of interest networks.  I encourage you to vote YES to support the restructuring.  While our future will be in flux as I mentioned above, it is becoming increasingly apparent that there is an impending shift going on in our profession.  In order to provide our national board of directors the resources and leadership it will need to focus its energy on protecting the profession of marriage and family therapy we will need to be behind them.  I too am apprehensive about these changes.  I too mourn already the loss of the legacy and traditions we have created here at CTAMFT.  With no better options and the larger obstacles that face our profession I know I need to embrace uncertainly.  As the President of CTAMFT I believe that the board of directors has put into place the most secure transition plan it could have to protect your license, thus your jobs and income, as best as it possibly can.  CTAMFT has begun the daunting task of putting into place a transition team and plan to provide security to our membership.  This plan includes contracting our lobbyist and advocacy strategies for the next three years as well as putting a team together to continue working as a community as a geographic interest network.  This team, led by our incoming president elect, Jess Joseff,  will monitor the lobbying efforts and focus as well as implement educational/conference opportunities for the years to come.  If the national bi-law vote passes we will already have a structure and hopefully our membership will not notice any major difference.  We will no longer be an independent CT based 501C6 but we will be here! We must all come together NOW to ensure that our community rallies behind each other to create our future.  Now more than every each of your voices and participation is essential.  CHECK THE BOX.  GET INVOLVED.  ATTEND EVENTS.  TOGETHER WE MUST STAND.

 


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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    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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