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  • 16 Oct 2017 6:38 PM | Anonymous

    This legislative session, the Sunset Commission recommended the consolidation of the licensing boards for MFTs, LPCs, LCSWs and Psychologists.  The bill failed to pass and the behavioral health licensing boards will be back up for review in 2 years.  If you are interested in learning more go to:   https://www.sunset.texas.gov/

  • 15 Oct 2017 7:55 PM | Anonymous

    In case you missed it, The Texas State Board of Examiners added a new rule for those of us who work with our clients using any type of technology.  If you provide therapeutic services by phone, text, email, Skype, FaceTime, V-see or any other video conference method, this means you.  It is now an ethical violation to provide "technology-assisted services" without proper training.  According to the Texas Administrative Code Chapter 801, "licensees may use technology-assisted services only after receiving appropriate education, training, and/or supervised experience in using relevant technology. A therapist who uses technology-assisted services must maintain documentation of academic preparation and supervision in the use of technology-assisted services as part of the therapist's academic program or the substantial equivalent provided through at least 15 hours of continuing education and 2 hours every subsequent renewal period. Licensees must comply with this subsection by January 1, 2018." 

    The regulations also go into great detail in how to structure a therapy session and provide informed consent.  Read more here:

     Title 22 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 801 

    The Houston-Galveston Institute has put together 15 hours of training that meet the requirements of this statute.  I have asked HGI to offer a one-time, significantly discounted rate to HAMFT that allows us to bring this training to our members.  We will be offering the 15 required CEUs over a Friday and Saturday, January 19th and 20th, 2018.  Three of the 15 hours will be web-based.  The cost per person will be $175 for both days if you register by October 31st.  In the event of inadequate interest, the workshop will be cancelled.  So sign up! Location TBD.

    To register, visit our events page.

     

  • 15 Oct 2017 7:26 PM | Anonymous

    By:  Mathis Kennington, President, TAMFT

    Over the last several years, AAMFT has communicated to its divisions that the organization is experiencing a potential atrophy of membership. This is due in part to the fact that most AAMFT members across the United States are retiring and not enough younger members have become clinical fellows. To address this concern, AAMFT has proposed to dissolve its state divisions in favor of one national organization with the opportunity for members to organize in two distinct types. First, state divisions may choose to transition into special interest group. Interest groups are organizations of members who have chosen to affiliate and network around a common shared interest related to marriage and family therapy. That interest may be based on advocacy issues, specific types of therapeutic modalities or even geography. Second, AAMFT has offered divisions the opportunity to transition into Independent Affiliates. Affiliates are former state divisions who choose to retain their charter, maintaining an independent legal entity within AAMFT, but with certain restrictions. For example, Independent Affiliates no longer receive mandatory dues from division members as one of the changes AAMFT is making is that they are no longer requiring members to join their state division. In other words, beginning next year, members no longer are required to be members of TAMFT.

    With exception to some financial changes, the Independent Affiliate option is the one that requires the least amount of identity and structural changes. As a board, our chief concern has been to maintain the practical benefits of TAMFT membership. We’ve wished to retain our members’ opportunities to network at our conference and promote their work through our relationships. We’ve also been concerned with license advocacy. These have been the two most important considerations in the decision we’ve had to make in response to AAMFT’s pending changes. In consideration of these changes, the board has decided to choose an Independent Affiliate option. We believe this options is the best option for Texas LMFTs because we retain a legal and independent status within Texas, which is absolutely crucial to influence state legislators. Although we will remain active on AAMFT’s Family Team, we do not believe that we would have the same potential impact on matters related to LMFTs unless we have an independently regulated state charter.

    Although we feel comfortable with this decision, the choice brings its challenges. We can no longer depend on the state dues that were previous delegated to us by AAMFT unless individual members decide to join TAMFT. We need your help. Now more than ever, we need members to support the organization by sharing why you believe it’s important to retain your TAMFT membership.  As a reminder, this was the most successful legislative session TAMFT has ever had. We achieved five legislative victories, not to mention the victory over TMA in the supreme court. We cannot take on initiatives like this without your continued support through membership.

    Please consider serving on one of our committees, come to conference 2018 and consider running for a board position to influence the growth and future of our organization. This coming election cycle, we have several opportunities for LMFT leaders in the field to get involved on the board during an exciting transitional period. Please be on the lookout for information from the elections committee on what board positions are forthcoming.

    Please review materials provided by AAMFT to answer questions about restructuring.  Also please attend the Conference in February. This conference will be unlike any we’ve had before it. It will be historic in the sense that we’ll be dealing with issues that change who we are as an organization, but mostly it will fun and exciting.

    Sincerely,

    Mathis V. Kennington, Ph.D., LMFT-S
    President-Elect
    Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

    The 2017 TAMFT Board 

  • 21 Oct 2016 3:08 PM | Elizabeth Cobb (Administrator)

    On October 21, 2016 TAMFT Secretary and Legislature Chair Jeanene Smith, LPC, LMFT provided an update of the current state of affairs for MFTs in Texas.  A copy of her presentation is here: TAMFT Slide Show Presentation.pptx

    TAMFT is asking MFTs to talk to physicians and ask them if they know about the TMA lawsuit. Many physicians are unaware of the lawsuit, and we can educate them about the lawsuit and advocate for our license at the same time. TAMFT is seeking 5,000 (of the possible 70,000) Texas physician signatures. What can you do? Talk to the doctors you know and ask them to sign the following letter in support of marriage and family therapists: Letter for Physician-2.pdf

    TAMFT is also asking members to reach out to your Senator and House Representative. Here are three guides for members designed to support us in our advocacy efforts, which detail how the legislature works, what to say when requesting an appointment with your representative, senator, and an explanation of Sunset: 

  • 17 Oct 2015 10:46 AM | Delee D'Arcy (Administrator)

    HAMFT values and supports professional growth!  Recipients of the scholarship are asked to share what they gained from their chosen experience.  Here's what our Wyn Fox has to say about attending the AAMFT conference in September, 2015:


    I want to sincerely thank the HAMFT board for awarding me the Warm Hearth Scholarship. This generous scholarship allowed me to attend the AAFMT annual conference held in Austin, Texas in September. I attended the conference from September 3-6, the full length of the conference. I enjoyed a wonderful stay at JW Marriott where the conference was held and had an opportunity to indulge in local food and fun. 

    My first day of attendance I had the privilege to hear a keynote speech my Mr. Morris Dees activist and civil rights speaker. Mr. Dees co-founded Southern Poverty Law Center. This law center is a non-profit specializing in lawsuits involving civil rights violations, domestic terrorism, and hate-motivated crimes. This speech had a great impact on me as he discussed how we should love and respect on another. I was truly enlightened by his heart-felt cry for justice for all.

    On the second day I had the opportunity to attend a workshop titled, “Resiliency and Spirituality”. This workshop definitely informs my professional work as many of my clients offer their spirituality as the reason for them to fight against all odds. This workshop allowed me to clearly see how the two intersect. I will continue to respectfully explore this area with my clients, armed with new and refreshing insight. Another memorable workshop was titled, “Couples in the Military”. This workshop offered a deeper look into military deployment and reintegration of soldiers that return from combat. This workshop was personal, as I was once that soldier. This workshop gave insight into ways to prevent and intervene with soldiers for some of their most prominent concerns.

    My final day at the conference I debated about leaving a little early so as to get home to be with my family sooner rather than later. I decided to stay and I am so glad that I did. The last workshop that I attended that day was one that resonated with me professionally and personally. This workshop was titled, “Black Men and Women in Therapy”. I feel that this workshop challenged therapists to deal with the difficult dialogues that black men and women deal with, such as black inferiority, white privilege, the impact of slavery on relationships and shame based racial trauma, among others. We discussed how racism may adversely affect black couples but there is not enough research in this area. This sparked a great deal of interest for me.

    Overall, this was a wonderful enriching experience. I plan to attend the conference next year. I appreciate HAMFT for giving me this opportunity. I will continue to apply what I learned from this conference as I continue on my journey as marriage and family therapist.

    Many Thanks,

    Wyn Fox

  • 16 Oct 2015 3:38 PM | Delee D'Arcy (Administrator)


    Julie Payne, MA, LMFT-S


    M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

    Adjunct Faculty at College of the Mainland - Psychology Department

    Certified Military Family Life Consultant

    Certified in TF-CBT (Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

    Certified MAP Supervisor and Trainer (Managing and Adapting Practices)

    CA & TX Board Approved Supervisor

    I am a licensed Marriage and Family therapist in California and Texas.  I graduated from California State University Long Beach in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and then received my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles in 2007.  I have been working with couples, families, and individuals at community based mental health agencies and in private practice.  I ran the Crisis Response Team in South Central Los Angeles for over 3 years. I am certified in TF-CBT (Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and a MAP (Managing and Adapting Practices) certified therapist and Agency Supervisor.  My areas of interest include trauma, military families, and working with families and individuals suffering from a chronic illness or living with chronic pain.  I have been an arthritis advocate since 2005.  I have spoken at the Juvenile Arthritis National Conference in 2007 on the impact of a chronic illness on friends and families, at Cedars-Sinai for RA Talk to discuss a patient’s perspective, for Arthritis in PrimeTime in 2010 on dating and relationships with a chronic illness, in 2011 on communicating with your doctors, and 2012 on pregnancy and parenting.  I am also a Certified Military Family Life Counselor and provide on site brief therapy to unit debriefing for pre and post deployment military members and family.  In addition to working with the military I am also an active duty military spouse.  In addition to my private practice in California and Texas, I regularly provide training and workshops in California and am an adjunct faculty in the Psychology Department at College of the Mainland. 



    http://www.hamft.memberlodge.org/event-2023895

  • 19 Sep 2015 9:04 AM | Delee D'Arcy (Administrator)

    Ethics in Working with Male Clients

    • 16 Oct 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Bo's Place, 10050 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77054 (713) 942-8339
    • 55

    Registration


    Ethics in Working with Male Clients

    Presented by Dr. Jonathan Schwartz


    The workshop will explore theories on the psychology of men, bullying, and violence. Examples  will be provided to place the theory into context. Ethical issues will be covered, along with vignettes of real cases. The intersectionality of gender with social class, race, international student status, sexuality, and other factors will be addressed as well.



    Dr. Jonathan Schwartz is the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Education at the University of Houston.  He was previously Associate Dean of Research and Department Head of the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department at the College of Education, at New Mexico State University.  He is the past president of Division 51, Psychology of Men and Masculinity of the American Psychological Association.   He is the past chair of the Division 17 Prevention Section and executive board member of the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs.  Dr. Schwartz has published in the area of men and masculinity, prevention, and intimate violence.  He was named in 2010 the fourth most productive scholar in the Psychology of Men and Masculinity and has had grants supporting his work.  Dr. Schwartz was awarded the 2008 Researcher of the Year Award from Division 51 (Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity) of the American Psychological Association and received the 2011 Fritz and Linn Kuder Early Career Scientist/Practitioner Award from the American Psychologist Association Division of Counseling Psychology.  Dr. Schwartz was recently named a Fellow of Division 17, Society of Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association.


  • 11 Sep 2015 12:58 PM | Delee D'Arcy (Administrator)

    Fields have been added to show that you offer LMFT, LPC or dual license supervision.  Take a moment now to log in and edit your profile if that is something that you'd like to offer through our membership directory!

  • 20 Jul 2015 4:52 PM | Delee D'Arcy (Administrator)

    Infidelity: A Multi-Dimensional Perspective

    Presented By:  

    Robert Hochschild, Ph.D., Sarah Pollack, Ph.D., and Lee Winderman, Ph.D. 


    Infidelity is one of the most frequently encountered and clinically difficult issues in couple's therapy.  This workshop will address the various types and descriptions of infidelity, working with the crisis triggered by the infidelity, dealing with the environmental and contextual factors that may have contributed to the infidelity, and steps toward rebuilding or ending the relationship.  Three experienced MFT's will share their perspectives, process, and experiences of working with couples during this traumatic experience.



    Robert Hochschild, Ph.D. is in private practice with the Houston Family Institute and an Adjunct Faculty of the University of Houston Clear Lake Marriage and Family Therapy Program.  Prior to going into private he was the founder and Director of the Family Therapy Program at the Michael E. Debakey Veterans Administration Center in Houston.  Rob is licensed as a Psychologist and a Marriage and Family Therapist.  He has been Past President of HAMFT, a Board Member of TAMFT, and Ethics Chair for HPA and HAMFT, and has consulted to the VA, Baylor College of Medicine, and various community organizations.  Special interests include couples and family therapy, adult individual therapy, and training and consultation. His wife, two daughters, sons-in-law, and five delightful grandchildren provide him life training and humility on a daily basis.


    Sarah Pollack, Ph.D. Is a marriage and family therapist in private practice at Houston Family Institute.  Dr. Pollack has participated in training psychology interns and psychiatric residents with the Family Therapy Program at the Veteran's Administrative Medical Center and taught in the Department of Human Science and Humanities at the University of Houston at Clear Lake.  Currently she facilitates a group of interns for Perkin's Theological Seminary at Southern Methodist University and works with residents in the Chaplaincy Education Program at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital.  She is a clinical member of AAMFT and has been on the boards of HAMFT and TAMFT.  She has a special interest in working with children, adolescents and families dealing with divorce/remarriage, chronic illness, developmental delay, ADDH, cancer and loss of a family member.


    Lee Winderman Ph.D. has been practicing family therapy and family psychology for 35 years. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. He first came to Texas to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston where he first met and was supervised by George Pulliam, Harry Goolishian, Harlene Anderson and Paul Dell. He then was one of the two first postdoctoral fellows at the Galveston Family Institute (now HGI) where he first met Leslye Mize (and his wife Barbara). He later was Associate Director of the Institute. During his term as president of the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy from 1991-1993 MFT’s in Texas achieved licensure. Lee has co-authored several chapters and articles on family therapy with Harry Goolishian, Harlene Anderson and George Pulliam. He has presented at local state and national conferences 2 million times.

  • 06 May 2015 1:22 PM | Delee D'Arcy (Administrator)

    Well Done! HB3995 is Moving Forward.

     

    To all Texans:
     

    Great news, I just received a call from Rep. Romero who advises that Chairwoman Crownover told him that the House Public Health Committee voted HB 3995 favorably from committee on a vote of 9-0!!  We have been advised that once the bill gets reported out of committee, HB 3995 will go to the Local Calendars Committee for floor action.  To get this result so quickly, is surely a testament to the groundwork of our author, Rep. Romero, our discipline on witness testimony, and the huge volume of support delivered by the TAMFT, TCA and other groups and individuals weighing in!!   A special thanks to those who called and emailed in support of HB 3995 as we were told that over 1000 calls were made in support of HB3995. An even bigger expression of gratitude is due to Rep. Romero’s strong commitment and hard work since the bill was voted out of the House Public Health Committee on the same day it was heard, which is incredible!!   With only 27 full days remaining in the state’s regular legislative session, there is just one week left before some very real procedural deadlines begin to thwart passage of many stand-alone bills.  We are fortunate that we have a favorable vote on HB 3995, but the time-lines are going to very tight. Today’s vote on HB 3995 goes a long way to meeting that deadline, giving ourselves a good chance to be legislatively succeed. In this political process there are times for a large showing and times for a more subtle approach. For the moment we need to hold off on making calls but we will be reaching out at the opportune time in the near future and will need as strong an outreach as we have had thus far. We are making ground and are making a strong showing in support of all mental health providers across Texas.  You can begin to prepare by learning who your Representatives are.  Reaching out to your particular Representative as a constituent will carry more weight. You can also line up family and friends to prepare as well.  Remember that you do  not need to be a mental health professional in order to weigh in on this important piece of legislature.  If you are a Texas citizen your voice will count when the time comes to make the calls.

    Be proud of our progress and success.  Hold tight as we navigate the political process and be prepared to take action when the time comes. While we still have a ways to go we are headed in a good direction.

    WELL DONE!!!

     Respectfully,


    Peter D. Bradley, PhD, LMFT, LPC
    President – Texas Association for Marriage & Family Therapy

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