Thanks For Making Our Spring Conference A Success!
A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors!
Letter from Our President
As the year winds to a close the opportunity to reflect back on the last year and look forward to our future seems important. So much has happened in the world and in our country. Change is ever present. As therapists, we often strive to bring change into the lives of our clients, but sometimes when it comes knocking at our door we can be hesitant to receive it. We, as MFTs, are presented with yet another opportunity to grow and change. So I would like to invite you to contemplate what this change can mean not only for you but also for your colleagues and the profession as a whole.
This summer AAMFT is requesting a vote to change the bylaws from a two-tier structure. If this vote passes you would be able to become a member of AAMFT and then would have the opportunity to join other special interest groups as well. State divisions will have the option to dissolve, form a special interest group, or form an independent affiliate. There is a lot that goes into this decision. South Carolina is currently a mid-sized division but on the small end of that. We have approximately 250 members. We have been a financially stable institution thanks to past leadership and the careful management of Marie Queen. However, we face a future of an inevitable decline in membership. With almost half of our membership 65 or older we face the possibility of losing a great number of our members to retirement within the next 10-15 years. Those numbers are not likely to be replaced by incoming memberships of students and fellows. AAMFT is interested in protecting our profession and meeting the needs of members in the ever changing landscape of today’s world. I am sure that there are many questions that you all have so we would like to have some regional town hall meetings to present the information we have and invite your comments, questions, and concerns. Dates and locations will be announced on our website and in future emails so please keep your eyes open.
NEW BOARD MEMBERS
We are also excited to announce the results of our most recent election. Please take the time to congratulate these board members as they prepare to help lead our division through these times of transition.
Kelly Kennedy – Member at Large
Laura Long – Upstate Regional Representative
If you are interested in helping serve your state’s policy interests please consider joining the Family Team. To learn more about it check out this video: https://youtu.be/KY1KGp8pGpQ
CONTINUING EDUCATION & NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES
The spring conference will be in Charleston March 10-11th. We are excited about hearing from Dr. Cravens about subjects that are so relevant to working with clients in this digital age. We hope to continue to make the conference a fun way to learn and network with each other.
LEGACY PROJECT: SC MASTERS
Next year will also be a time for us to recognize those who have served as MFTs for many years. We will be interviewing willing participants and receiving written works from others as we explore the legacy that MFTs have cultivated in this state and for the profession. Be on the look out for articles, blog entries, and videos exploring these wonderful clinicians and their work.
Finally, I want to take the opportunity to thank all of you for doing the work that you do. There is great diversity in how we do what we do but at the core, we have the same goals. To respect the person, the families, the systems, and the relationships. To help people towards growth and change. It is deeply challenging and often underappreciated. This work can stretch us greatly and outcomes can sometimes be a mystery. From my years studying and then working in this profession, I can say that I have had the privilege of meeting amazing people. Many have been clients but there have been a great many who have been colleagues and mentors. I am grateful to be a part of this group of caring professionals and look forward to knowing (sometimes without seeing) that great works will be done.
All my best,
SCAMFT Office: 1215 Anthony Avenue, Columbia, SC 29201
Support for Townville
The South Carolina Association for Marriage & Family Therapists would like to extend their condolences to the family and friends of Jacob Hall, as well as the others involved in the Townville Elementary shooting. Due to the traumatic nature of this event in our community, we would like to offer referral sources for therapists in your area of the state should anyone feel the need to talk to a mental health professional about what has shocked this school & community. It is understandable that anyone related to these children & teachers, as well as school faculty & staff and many others in Townville may be impacted by this traumatic event. As a state organization, we want to support our fellow South Carolina neighbors to have courage to reach out to get the help they need. We are here for you, Townville.
Click here to find a list of qualified mental health professionals near you: Townville Resources
Companies and organizations that would like to promote their goods and services to conference attendees are invited to participate as conference sponsors or exhibitors. Exhibitor receive a skirted display table in the conference registration area, recognition at the conference, list of attendees, one complimentary registration to one day of the conference. Exhibitor fee is $200.
Conference sponsor opportunities are also available for $500. Sponsors receive skirted, display table in the conference registration area, recognition at the conference, list of attendees, one complimentary registration to both days of the conference, and web-site banner advertisement for six months.
SCAMFT will also set up a special table for those companies who wish to promote their products and services. Cost to have your items available on this table is $100. Please ship at least 100 items for the take-one table to the SCAMFT office.
The SCAMFT Blog is a place where MFTs from all over the state can have a voice. Articles may reflect information about the work we do, topics we're interested in, or observations about the field itself. We're excited to offer this "window" into our world and hope you'll take some time to explore!
To submit an article to be considered for publication on the blog, please complete this Blog Post Submission form.
A Word From The President
AAMFT Will Vote on Restructuring This Summer–SCAMFT President Kellie Buckner Shares More in Video
SCAMFT Held Informational Meetings in Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston. View Frequently Asked Questions at these meetings and responses to them.