Connecticut Division

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 Therapists Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

1224 Mill Street, Bldg. B, Suite 224

East Berlin, CT 06023

(860) 952-9638

We are currently accepting applications for the position of Association Manager. Please click the link below for more information:

Here is a brief job description for the position available:

CTAMFT Administrative Manager Position Available


The Connecticut Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CTAMFT)  is seeking a motivated and organized individual to serve as Administrative Manager in a part-time salaried position offering flexible hours and competitive salary.  This person provides diverse services including implementing, organizing and maintaining records and facilitating communication between board members. Administrative background and familiarity with the MFT profession strongly preferred.


Applicants are asked to send their completed application with cover letter and resume to:


Job duties include (but not limited to):

Maintain workflow by communicating with board and members regarding meetings and events.

Create and revise systems and procedures (i.e. organization monthly meetings, recordkeeping systems and communications)

Provide information to the public and membership by answering questions and requests (i.e. respond to emails/calls)

Create/revise/edit CTAMFT website content (i.e. knowledge of DDoS, integrate calendars, code for Proxy/STMP/POP3, or correspond with hosting company to troubleshoot problems)


Create and distribute weekly CTAMFT e-classified (i.e. correspond pricing/content, revise/edit advertisement, publish) 


Deadline February 15, 2017 

For More Information Please Click the Link Below

CTAMFT Job Opportunities


Tracy Todd - AAMFT Executive Director

State Division Reorganization Presentation


State Division Reorganization Update

As many of you know, in 2014 the AAMFT national board of directors proposed bylaw changes that included language to eliminate state divisions. This proposal did not receive enough votes to pass.  Recently, AAMFT national announced that a subsequent vote to modify the bylaws will go out to members in June 2017. This upcoming proposal will include 4 options to reorganize the two-tier system, offering state divisions the opportunity to:

  1. dissolve – A state division may choose to dissolve. Any cash reserves following dissolution will be earmarked for local advocacy.
  2. become an Independent Affiliate - This option allows divisions to form new structures, not necessarily limited by state lines.  These groups would have formal governance structures, fiscal management, and decision making authority within the context of an affiliation agreement with AAMFT national.
  3. become an Interest Group – In this option groups would organize around specific interests and networking opportunities, and collaborate with those sharing similar challenges and opportunities.
  4. dissolve and reorganize separate from AAMFT – A state division may choose to dissolve and reorganize as an entity separate from AAMFT. The new organization would ‘go it alone’ without guidance or connection to AAMFT.

AAMFT has provided an explanation guide, flow matrix and worksheet planner to assist divisions as they assess the best course for their unique circumstance.  Members can find a copy of these resources Click Here.

AAMFT Executive Director, Dr. Tracy Todd leads a discussion and Q&A on state division restructuring options. Location: Fairfield University, more details to follow.



Leadership Development Committee


CTAMFT invites those interested in pursuing a leadership track in the field to consider attending to 2017 AAMFT Leadership Symposium. This is a unique opportunity for individuals to network with other AAMFT leaders as well as expand their own knowledge and skills in leadership throughout the field. AAMFT also offers a Leadership Certificate track as part of the symposium experience. Early registration ends January 9th, 2017. For additional information on the symposium and the leadership certificate, please visit the link below or attend one of the following informational sessions with Rebecca Ruitto, LMFT, Leadership Certificate 2016-2017 Cohort member:

Wednesday,  December 7th 9:30AM-10:30AM- Starbucks, Corbins Corner Shopping Center, 1449 New Britain Ave, West Hartford, CT 06110

Saturday, December 10th 11AM-12noon- Panera Bread- 2320 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield, CT 06825
Saturday, January 7th, 2pm-3pm- Dog Lane Cafe, 1 Dog Lane, Storrs, CT 06268

For additional information, please contact Rebecca Ruitto at REBECCALRUITTO@GMAIL.COM 



    Please feel free to attend one or all of the events listed in this calendar. If you have any events that you would like to add, please email me at and provide me with a description of event, location, date/time, and any other useful information pertaining to the event. 


    **Please note - Only events that are sanctioned by the Executive Board will be allowed on the calendar**










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  • 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.



    Heather Ehinger

    President, CTAMFT

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