2022 Virtual Ethics Event


Join GAMFT for our 2022 Virtual Ethics Event:

1013 Training & Intro to Legislative Action


  • Date: Saturday, August 13, 2022
  • Time: 9am to 3pm

This two-part event will cover 1013 training and an introduction to legislative action and advocacy. In this synchronous Zoom event, you will earn five (5) MFT ethics CEUs just in time for the 2022 licensure renewals in September! During this training, you will learn how and when to complete life-saving 1013/2013s — a privilege MFTs just secured in the 2021 legislative session. You’ll also learn how the Mental Health Parity Act that was passed in the most recent legislative session will affect you and your clients. Lastly, we’ll cover how you can become more involved in shaping the future our our licensure and mental health care in Georiga through legislative advocacy.

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  • 9am to 12pm: 1013/2013 Education & Training
  • 12pm to 1pm: Lunch break
  • 1pm to 3pm: Intro to 2022 Legislative Action & Advocacy


  • GAMFT members: $100
  • General admission, non-members: $125
  • Students: $50


  • 5 MFT Ethics CEUs


Workshop Descriptions

1013/2013 Education and Training

  • Presenter: Dan Upshaw, MA, LMFT, LPC, NCC
  • In the 2021 state legislative session, GAMFT successfully lobbied the Georgia General Assembly to grant the privilege of signing 1013/2013 orders to MFTs in Georgia. Prior to this bill passing, MFTs were the only mental health professionals in the state of Georgia unable to use this important tool to protect clients at risk of suicide. This training will provide an overview of the legal and ethical considerations that should be made prior to signing a 1013, and the protocols for using the 1013 form.

Intro to 2022 Legislative Action & Advocacy

  • Presenter: Steve Livingston and David Blanchard, with Licensure Board Members
  • During the 2022 state legislative session, the Georgia General Assembly voted unanimously to pass the Mental Health Parity Act, offering sweeping changes to Georgia’s mental health care system aimed at forcing health insurers to pay for mental health and substance abuse treatment. GAMFT worked with other allied professionals to protect LMFTs in the Licensed Professional Counselors writing of their licensing requirements defined in HB 972. GAMFT also introduced important improvements to education, training, and experience requirements for licensure in marriage and family therapy by introducing HB 1599.
  • This breakout will offer an overview of the leadership, collaboration and advocacy offered by GAMFT toward improvements to the Marriage and Family Therapy license, as well progress made this year in strengthening Georgia’s Mental Health Network. Speakers will also offer opportunities to become involved over the next year in supporting and engaging the work of the Composite Board’s work to convert changes to Georgia’s laws to rules and regulations that strengthen our licensure for LMFT clinicians. Speakers include Steve Livingston, David Blanchard, and Georgia Composite Board members Bridget Knowles and David Lane.

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