Upcoming events

    • 14 Feb 2019
    • 28 Feb 2019

    February 12, 2019

    TNAMFT Colleagues:

    Early this morning MFT graduate students and LMFT professionals traveled from across the state and gathered at the Cordell Hull Building in Nashville to rally for TNAMFT’s first Day on the Hill.  Three legislators spoke to the high impact of face-to-face interactions in advocating for your profession and welcomed stronger relationships with constituents.  Former TNAMFT Legislators of the Year and mental health champions pictured below are (L to R) Senator Richard Briggs, Representative Sam Whitson, and Representative John Ray Clemmons.

    The group was dismissed to meet with state lawmakers in individual meetings to champion the profession and ask for support for key bills at play in the Tennessee Legislature.  Hopefully, you have seen the memes on our Facebook Page and blurbs in our monthly E-Briefs for this event.  

    Now, it’s your turn.

     TNAMFT needs your advocacy support NOW.  The Legislative Committee is issuing an advocacy Call to Action for two state bills and one national bill.

    The most urgent bill is the Board for Licensed Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Clinical Pastoral Therapists sunsets in 2019.  Senate Bill 98 would renew our board until the year 2023, offering protection not only for our LMFT license but also for the rules that govern our profession in Tennessee.  Senate Bill 98 has been added to the Government Operations Committee agenda for Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 9:30 am.  It is expected to move to the House Government Operations Committee in the coming weeks.  

    1.  Identify your TN Lawmakers and plan to a time to contact him or her at your earliest convenience.


    2. Review the PDF summary of two state bills that you, as a constituent, are asking your legislator to support.  

    A brief summary of each bill and corresponding talking points from our lobbyist are included in the PDF below. 

    • Change to Even Year Requirement -  SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING - SB204 (Briggs)/SB36 (Whitson)

    • Add LMFTs to the Student Loan Reimbursement program - SB771/HB879 (Yarbro)/HB879 (Dixie).  Review this bill so that you know where we stand.  However, you do not need to advocate for this bill at this point in time as it has not moved to committee.


    3. Call, email, or visit your lawmakers in their local offices.  

    If you make a phone call, you will most likely speak to an aide, but it’s certainly possible you’ll be connected to a legislator.  Identify yourself as a constituent and Marriage and Family Therapist, and include that you are a member of Tennessee Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.  Ask for support of each bill in a simple, straightforward message.  Each contact from a constituent is logged by the aide as one voice of support or one voice of opposition for each bill.  

    Let us know which state lawmakers you contacted through a quick email to mftadvocate@signethousellc.com.  If you make a personal visit, ask the lawmaker for a photo together to post - they love the publicity.  Post your action of advocacy, send it to the legislator, and send it to us to post on our FB page!

    4.  Please Like, Share, & Tweet our Day on the Hill posts to amplify our efforts in Tennessee. 

    Watch the TNAMFT Facebook page, AAMFT Twitter and AAMFT Family TEAM, or MFT university program social media for photos with these hashtags.  If you post your photos with the legislator in the coming days, please use the same hashtags below.




    5.  Pivot to National Advocacy - Medicare Inclusion

    Tennessee MFTs, let’s pivot to the national scene.  Identify your members of Congress and repeat the process - call, email, or visit each one to ask for his or her support of the newly refiled LMFT Medicare Inclusion bill.  Enclosed is a link for you to identify and contact your members of Congress.  There is also a pre-written letter provided that you may elect to sign upon review.  This system also allows AAMFT to track which members of Congress are connected to MFTs in Tennessee.  


    A brief video and article about MFT Inclusion in Medicare may be found under the Family TEAM tab on the AAMFT website or by clicking here:]


    A PDF summary of talking points for Medicare Inclusion is also included below.

    TNAMFT Federal Policy Concerns 2019 .pdf

    Thank you in advance for responding to our Call to Action,

    The TNAMFT Legislative Committee

    • 22 Feb 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • East Tennessee State University

    FREE NETWORKING & CE: The next East TN lunch and learn event will be held February 22nd at East Tennessee State University. Our presenter will be Dr. Graham Disque and his topic will be "The Real Causes of Depression and Unexpected Solutions; the work of Johann Hari. We will meet in the conference room on the 3rd floor of Warf-Pickel Hall. Times are from 12:00- 1:30 PM and it's bring your own lunch. The will be 1 CEU for attendees.

    For more information, contact East TN Director, Gordon Brewer- email: lgordonbrewer@kingsportcounseling.com

    • 7 Mar 2019
    • 9 Mar 2019
    • Arlington, VA

    Click here to find out more about AAMFT's Supervisor Refresher Course which precedes the AAMFT Leadership Symposium in Arlington, VA.  March 7-9, 2019.


    • 8 Mar 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    The quarterly meeting for the Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Clinical and Pastoral Therapists will take place on Friday, March 8 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

    665 Mainstream Drive, Metro Center, Nashville, TN.


    • 22 Mar 2019
    • 23 Mar 2019
    • Belmont University

    TNAMFT's Middle Tennessee regional gathering will take place Friday, March 22 at Belmont University.  There is NO COST to attend the workshop, and the mid-day luncheon is free!  Registration is required, and 5.5 CE hours are available; hours of the workshop are 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.  To register for the workshop, contact brianna.bradshaw@belmont.edu.  Three regional workshops will take the place of the TNAMFT annual conference in 2019.  

    UPDATE:  Dr. Cyndi Matthews is unable to present our workshop due to a recent accident.  We wish her a peaceful recovery during this difficult time.

    New Presenter:  Dr. Brian Le Clair is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in the State of California, and is a member of CAMFT, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.  He will present on the same topic.

    Dr. Le Clair has a private practice in the Los Angeles, CA area where he services individuals, couples and families. He specializes in men's issues and in the area of sexual compulsion and trauma. He treats individuals and couples whose lives and marriages have been affected by bodied and disembodied compulsive sexual behavior. Dr. Le Clair runs groups for persons coping with sexual addiction, love addiction and unmanageable abuse of Internet pornography. He works with people in English, Spanish and French and has extensive experience working with immigrant populations especially as they navigate the cultural stressors that arise as they negotiate life in inner-city Los Angeles.

    Dr. Le Clair has had an extensive career of 31 years working for the Los Angeles Unified School District where he has held various positions in language immersion education and counseling. Dr. Le Clair holds an MA in Psychology and an MS in Family Therapy from Cal State University, Los Angeles and completed his doctoral degree in Counselor Education from Texas Tech University in 2017.

    He has recently published articles on bullying, human trafficking and non-consensual pornography. He is currently co-authoring a chapter on career counseling from an Adlerian perspective.

    We invite you to also attend an event the following day, Saturday March 23.  An Extended Town Hall Meeting is also in Middle Tennessee - hosted at the Otter Creek Church, 409 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN.  This Extended Town Hall meeting will begin at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm and will offer you free networking opportunities and free ethics and traditional CE hours.  The agenda for the Town Hall meeting will include annual reports from the TNAMFT Board Officers and Directors, State of the State from the TNAMFT President, Membership Update, Advocacy Update, and Proposed Bylaws Changes with periods of open discussion woven throughout the agenda.  This is a critical time in our association's history, and your attendance and voice are needed!  

    • 23 Mar 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Otter Creek Church

    Much has changed in our state association in the last few years due to consequences of the restructure process with AAMFT, threats to the profession, and a host of other factors.  This is a critical time in our association's history, and your attendance and voice are needed at this special event.  

    TNAMFT will present an Extended Town Hall Meeting in middle Tennessee - hosted by Otter Creek Church, 409 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN.  This Extended Town Hall meeting is from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm and will offer you a free light breakfast, free CE hours, and networking opportunities.  The agenda for the Extended Town Hall meeting will include annual reports from the TNAMFT Board members, State of the State from the TNAMFT President, Advocacy Update, Membership Update, and Proposed Bylaws Changes with periods of open discussion woven throughout the agenda.  Proposed Bylaws changes will be posted online by February 23, 2019.  The event is free.  Lunch is on your own.  Registration preferred.

    This event follows a regional workshop in middle Tennesse, and was coupled with this Extended Town Hall event in lieu of an annual conference.  Click on the Calendar Event on Friday, March 22 at Belmont University.  Additional free regional workshop events will take place in East and West Tennessee. 

TNAMFT is a 501 (c) 6 non-profit organization and Independent Affiliate of AAMFT 

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