Letter from Our President
Hello South Carolina MFTs!
I hope that you all have enjoyed a wonderful summer and are settling into the more regular routines that seem to accompany the beginning of a new school year. I wanted to make a few announcements about some new changes for this year.
SCAMFT President Kellie Buckner
One Conference A Year:
For the next two years, we are only going to hold a Spring Conference. The 2017 Spring Conference is in the works, so save the Date for March 10-11th in Charleston. More information to come soon on our Conference & Workshops page.
Our hope is that this will encourage you to attend some of the Regional Workshops that your board members will be hosting across the state. If you are interested in a topic for a small group training or in hosting a networking event, please contact your regional representative to let them know.
Check out these great upcoming trainings in your area! More details here.
- Upstate – October 21st in Spartanburg, Family Constellation Amy Billingsley, LPC This program is approved for 7 hours of continuing education by West Gate TCN under its accreditation by the state of South Carolina Board of Examiners for licensed professional counselors, marital and family therapists,social work and psycho-educational specialists.The program is also valuable for pastoral counselors. Please register by Friday, October 14 there will be a registration fee of $70. This event will be held at the Middle Tyger Community Center, 84 Groce Road, Lyman, South Carolina. For more information or to register email email@example.com
- Midlands – October 28th, Lunch & Learn: Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples in Columbia from 1:00 -2:00 pm at the Richland Two Meeting Space on Two Notch Road. Earn 1 CE hour, eat lunch, network with peers, and learn more about Emotionally Focused Therapy. The speaker for this event will be Danielle Allen, Ed.S., LMFT, LPC, LPCS. Lunch will be provided. Register online
- Lowcountry -- October 29th in Mt. Pleasant, Lunch & Learn: Couples Communication/ThriveSphere™- Register online Kent MacEachern, LMFT, SCAMFT Lowcountry Regional Representative will be conducting a workshop and networking opportunity Saturday, Oct. 29th in Mt. Pleasant SC. Kent has been in private practice for over 35 years. He is a Certified Instructor and Training Associate for the Couple Communication program which he has used with couples for over 20 years. The workshop will provide an overview of the course, the ThriveSphereTM which is an online marriage assessment tool and what's involved in becoming a certified instructor. ThriveSphereTM marital assessment is used in conjunction with the course and/or couples counseling. For more information about the course and the ThriveSphereTM visit either www.partnercoach.com or www.couplecommunication.com
- Spartanburg-- The Supervisor as an Ethical Helper 5 CE Hours. Friday, November 11 from 9:00-3:00 in the Conference Room at Mary's House (236 Union Street) A continuing education event specifically geared towards supervisors. Topics will include a review of the 2015 Code of Ethics, a review of SC LMFT regulations, eTherapy and eSupervision, Supervision Contracts, and competency concerns.This seminar includes topics of Supervision and Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues. Charge is $50 for members; $75 for nonmembers. Presenters are Elizabeth Pratt, EdS, and Gabrielle Leopard, EdS. Please bring your own lunch.Register online
Proposed Bylaws Revisions:
AAMFT has proposed some bylaws changes that will impact the way dues are collected. It may also impact how divisions operate. I will attend the AAMFT conference in mid-September to learn more about what these bylaws revisions may mean for SCAMFT. Please stay tuned.
Cast Your Vote:
Take some time to read through the bios of our nominees for vacant offices and cast your vote. We have some wonderful MFTs running to make a difference in our state.
Website & Facebook:
Be sure to watch our Facebook page for frequent updates about upcoming events and interesting topics to ponder. The website will also be undergoing some updates. We hope that this will allow you to communicate more easily with us by submitting nominations, registering for events, and finding the information that you need as a professional. Keep checking back at www.scamft.org to see what is new. If you have a suggestion, please send it our way!
Calling all writers!
If you are interested in writing and want to share your thoughts with others, please consider submitting a piece to be posted on our SCAMFT blog. It is a wonderful way to share thoughts related to our journeys as MFTs and as humans.
As always, we love to hear your feedback and suggestions. Please feel free to reach out to any of your board representatives to let us know how we can help.
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
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.