GAMFT is the professional association of and for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Prelicensees and Associates from the 159 counties of the State of Georgia.
GAMFT provides leadership and expertise in systems-oriented, relationship-focused therapy; serving as a unique prelicense, licensure, supervision and practice management information and assistance resource; and advances continuous improvement in marriage and family therapy through strategic partnerships, innovative programs, and collaborative policy positions.
GAMFT is the source of information, support, and expertise for mental health professionals at all levels of practice who prepare for, provide, and supervise services for all those in need, regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability.
Student Lobby Day at the Capitol! February 21, 2019 from 9:30-1:00 pm.
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Michael Chafin and Michele Smith, Co-Chairs (Prepared by Carl Johnson, out-going Chair)
Legislative/Governmental Affairs Committee
We believe that to succeed individually as marriage and family therapists, we must also succeed collectively; that is, in order to obtain jobs and grow our practices, we must work together to defend and advance the profession of marriage and family therapy. In large measure this involves being active politically – including getting to know our State Representatives and Senators, supporting those whose values we share and, when necessary, advocating with them regarding issues that affect the health and welfare of our profession.
Those of us who worked to obtain licensure, privileged communication protection, insurance reimbursement and, most recently, specific authority to diagnose for marriage and family therapists know this well. But if our profession is to remain strong we must pass this value on to the next generation of MFTs. To this end, in 2011 GAMFT began sponsoring Student Lobby Day in order to help the newest members of our profession become familiar with the process of legislative advocacy. And, so far, it has been an unqualified success among those who attended.
And so we are again encouraging all GAMFT Student Members to join us at the Central Presbyterian Church, across Washington Street from the Capitol in Atlanta, from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm on Thursday, February 21st for our ninth annual Student Lobby Day. We will meet in the Brotherhood Room. The program will begin with an explanation of the fundamentals of legislative advocacy followed by an outline of GAMFT’s current legislative agenda.. We will then go across the street in order to tour the Capitol and allow student participants to meet their Senators and/or Representatives and ask for their support. We are hoping to re-introduce the MFT 1013/2013 emergency transport bill that failed during last year’s legislative session when and if we find a sponsor. We are currently working on this and will hopefully succeed prior to Student Lobby Day.
In any case, learning how to be an effective advocate for MFT is a significant part of being a member of this profession. And authorizing MFTs to sign 1013/2013s is important to the ongoing health of the profession. Consequently, we urge every student member to attend.
UPCOMING NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES
Are you looking to expand your referral network? In today’s fast and busy world—filled with swiping left or right and hurried texting—connecting with others in the field can be a challenge.
But fear not. You’ve come to the right place!
Metro Atlanta GAMFT will host our first Speed Networking event Thursday, February 21st. If you’re looking to expand your professional
network in a fun and casual atmosphere, this is the right event for you. Bring your business cards and the best 3-to-5 minute spiel of your therapy or consultation practice. Open to all credential levels! $5 donation at the door.
When: Thursday, February 21
6PM sign-in | 6:30ish Networking Go Time!
Where: Your Pie | Buckhead
5 West Paces Ferry Road NW
To Register, visit https://www.metroatlantagamft.com/networking-events
April 5, 2019: LGBTQ Therapist Resource Networking Event
Hosted by LGBTQ Therapist Resource
SAVE THE DATE: May 2nd-5th, 40th Annual Spring Conference at Jekyll Island! Our main presentation is: “The Ideas and Practices of Narrative Therapy Within the Context of Trauma” by Paul Gallant, Ph.D.