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IN THIS EDITION:

Meet the Member
Advocacy Committee Update
Education Committee Events
Get Involved

Chief Editor: Kathleen Laundy, PsyD, LMFT, MSW

MEET THE MEMBER

 Moses Farrow

1. What inspired you to become an MFT?

Some would say (and have said) that growing up in my family naturally would lead me to become a family therapist. It might be the case for many in our field – on some level. To personally answer this question, I look at where I am now and can say it’s been a journey of self-discovery. I’ve enjoyed my career as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and I’m proud to be a graduate of the Humphrey Center at UConn. As a graduate student, I was fortunate enough to have had the supervision and guidance from Cheryl Planten at Waterbury Hospital and Les Strong at UConn. They were integral to the start of a fulfilling life and career. At this point, 18 years later, I’ve finally come into my own with the understanding that there is no limit to my potential. What an amazing realization that has been! It’s quite rewarding to work with my clients and help them along their journey of self-discovery.

2. What do you look forward to contributing to the MFT profession? 

I feel like this question is really asking about what I hope my legacy will be in this profession, which is an area where I am devoting more serious thought. I remember having a conversation with Les a number of years ago in which I was figuring out how to advance in my career. I felt I needed a specialty and additional credentials and in his usual gentle way, he pointed out that marriage and family therapy is a specialty. Now is a great time to be a Marriage and Family Therapist as the global sociocultural climate is evolving and “family” is being redefined in new ways. This means that each of us is actively engaged in this climate of change. For now, my passion is to serve my clients and help my colleagues achieve success in their practices. I’m always open to opportunities that help me do these things better!

3. As a statewide organization, representing and supporting its members, what purpose would you like to see CTAMFT serve?

I know CTAMFT is already involved in many ways to support MFTs in the state and has been a tremendous asset in growing and shaping the profession in CT over the years. Mental health itself is becoming more mainstream and it would be great to see Connecticut continue as a destination to start and raise families. As an association, serving your members means supporting their clients, their families, communities, and towns throughout the state. One solution that I’ve become quite passionate about is helping those in practice grow and thrive. It’s important, not just for the therapist, but to the greater good of the community they are serving. Building supports, workshops, educational materials, etc. for your members in (and interested in) private practice will be beneficial to this greater good throughout the state. Strong, healthy families means prosperous and thriving communities. We must all do our part to raise the standard of living and quality of life in all regions of the state.

4. How can members contact you for questions or comments?

I currently have a practice in Glastonbury and enjoy working primarily with adoptive families. The address is 381 Hubbard Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033. I also love to be creative as a photographer and website designer, and I offer marketing and business consultancy as well. You can find my creative work at my website viscomsolutions.com.

I’m also available on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Email and phone are moses@viscomsolutions.com and 860-368-0715. Lots of ways to find me and contact me, I’m always happy to help in whatever way I can! Thank you!

Great day to you! We had a very productive month. Grassroots efforts are well on their way, on a state and federal level. We are also engaging with our members.

Thank you to everyone who sent letters and called legislators to request the introduction of the associate license. We gladly report that Representative Jillian Gilchrest introduced this legislation. We made sure to send her a thank you letter. The collaborative effort with you and CTAMFT has paid off. We enjoy working with you!

To reiterate, the associate license allows for MFTs to pass the exam, receive an associate license while completing experience hours to receive the full license. This means having the ability to obtain a job that requires a license without having to wait on 1000 face-to-face hours of clinical contact to be completed. We have been working on getting this legislation passed for 8 years, and I think this could be our year to obtain an associate license for MFTs.

We met with multiple legislators within the past month, including public health committee co-chairs and Senator Marilyn Moore to discuss the associate license. Every one of the public health committee constituents have been receptive. At the end of February, Chair, Rebecca Ruitto, LMFT and Advocacy Committee Chair, Norja Cunningham, PhD, LMFT, testified at the public health committee in support of the associate license. Their testimonies went well and we are hopeful the bill may move out of committee. Stay tuned for more call-to-action alerts as we prepare for next steps.

We also met with Congressman Jim Himes to request he cosponsor the Medicare legislation for MFTs to be added to the provider list. We left the meeting confident he was considering the co-sponsorship, after reviewing the Medicare legislation. Ultimately, this connection gained CTAMFT another ally on the federal level.

Lastly, thank you to everyone who responded to our member engagement survey. It provided us valuable information about our members. We are in the process of reviewing all of the replies and will be disseminating the data in a future newsletter.

As you have read, we are in full swing regarding grassroots efforts, and we welcome more advocacy team volunteers. If you would like to join us, contact us at advocacy@ctamft.org.

I am so excited because we are accomplishing a lot. Why? Because we have a great team! And I am so grateful for each of them! Until the next newsletter, make it a great month!

Sincerely,
Norja Cunningham, PhD, LMFT
Advocacy Committee Chair


 

CTAMFT’s Education Committee would like to thank Erin Cushing, LMFT for leading our licensure exam study group in February. She thoroughly reviewed how to sign up for the test and useful resources when studying. Erin challenged students with test questions and helped students understand how to read/answer some of the questions. Thank you, Erin! These study groups will be held 3-4 times a year and are free to members. Keep a look out for upcoming ones! 

CTAMFT will be hosting a networking event on March 14th. This networking event will be held at 66 Church, 66 Church St, Naugatuck, CT from 5pm-8pm. This is a great opportunity to get to know other MFTs over food and drinks. Hope to see you there! 

As always, we are seeking volunteers for 2019! Volunteers will be asked to assist in planning and hosting educational events. This may include finding guest speakers, booking venues for the trainings, sending out mailing letters, etc. Volunteers will be required to attend Education Committee meetings, which are currently held the second Friday of the month at 9:30am. These meetings are subject to change due to overall availability of all committee members. Once volunteers have attended three meetings, they can attend trainings in exchange for their assistance. If you are interested in volunteering or have any further questions, please email education@ctamft.org.

 

Best,
Briana Hansen 
CTAMFT Education Committee Chair 

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GET INVOLVED


Effective January 1, 2018, CTAMFT is now optional and we need your support! You will notice the optional "Connecticut Interest Network" when you renew your AAMFT membership. If you would like to continue to have a state and local presence to advance our profession and protect our practice, please be sure to pay the additional $75. Without membership support, CTAMFT will not be able to continue as a Interest Network. Any questions, please contact Rebecca Ruitto at Chair@ctamft.org

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