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HAMFT Restructuring

10 Mar 2018 7:02 PM | Delee D'Arcy (Administrator)

Many of you may be aware that American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy is restructuring and voted to abolish state chapters. In this process, AAMFT supported state chapters in making the decision to either restructure as an Independent Affiliate or an Interest Network in relationship with AAMFT.  Texas Association for Marriage & Family Therapy made the decision to move toward the Independent Affiliate status under AAMFT which would allow TAMFT to maintain their current infrastructure, finances, and to be an advocate for Texas Legislature and issues relative to Texas Marriage & Family Therapists.  TAMFT is expected to be set up as an Independent Affiliate under AAMFT by the end of 2018.

Due to the restructuring of Texas Association for Marriage & Family Therapy’s relationship with American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy, TAMFT voted to break their charter agreements with local chapters, including Houston Association for Marriage & Family Therapy. TAMFT will continue to be a resource to HAMFT, but HAMFT will no longer have an obligatory relationship which would require HAMFT members to pay to be a member of both TAMFT & AAMFT.  

Houston Association for Marriage & Family Therapy has been operating as an unincorporated, nonprofit association as a local chapter under Texas Association for Marriage & Family Therapy since its existence. With the changes that will be taking place with TAMFT’s restructuring under American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy, the current HAMFT board has voted to become an incorporated nonprofit corporation under Texas law and file for tax exempt status. This decision was made after consulting with several lawyers and Certified Public Accountants.   

Although Houston Association for Marriage & Family Therapy members are not obligated to be members of both Texas Association for Marriage & Family Therapy & American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy, we encourage our members to support TAMFT and AAMFT who will continue to be an advocate and great resource for our profession and share our common interest in proving quality marriage and family therapy.

How will all the above impact you as a member? It won’t! Houston Association for Marriage & Family Therapy will continue to provide quality Continuing Education Units on Marriage & Family Therapy issues/modalities, and workshops on maintaining the highest quality of ethical care for our clients. HAMFT also remains committed to providing you with a space for connection, community, support and networking.  

Sincerely,

Kristi Patterson, MA, LMFT, LPC, RPT

2018 HAMFT President


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