Welcome to CTAMFT!
We are the professional association that represents Marriage and Family Therapists - or 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.
What is Marriage and Family Therapy?
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:
- 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
AAMFT Restructure Vote Results Are In
Dear Connecticut Membership,
The results of AAMFT’s recent call for partial by-law changes that would include eliminating the state divisions are in.
The vote DID NOT PASS. This means the vote to eliminate the state divisions did not pass. The result percentages per state were published, and in CT, we were very close to 50% in favor of keeping the CT division in tack; while 50% voted for elimination. Many of the other states were either slightly or significantly in favor of the change, and a few states were strongly not opposition. We do not have the number of voters per state, so we do not yet know what percentage of the membership voted. We do know that AAMFT needed a 2/3 vote (66.6%) to pass and only received 61%.
What does this mean for us here in CT? For now, it means that nothing changes in terms of how your dues are distributed, including day-to-day operations of the Connecticut division. We do anticipate that AAMFT will have a backup plan, which we expect to hear more about at this year’s national conference in Austin September 3-6. I am pleased to represent you, along with several of our Board members, as well as our Student Representative. We will gather as much information as possible and share it with you after reviewing at our next Board meeting on September 11.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to talk to all of us on the Board and who contributed to the rich discussions and provided feedback. Thank you for taking the time to vote on this important topic.
Warm regards for a happy fall, and I will be in touch soon.
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