FAMFT – Serving Florida’s families, through professional leadership and the highest standards in mental healthcare. Chapter Leaders and Legislative Chairs are planning for the 2017 Legislative Session Trip to Tallahassee! Contact your chapter president or the FAMFT office for details!

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Chapters are the link between the state division of the Florida Association for Marriage & Family Therapy and the local communities. Florida is a large state with many population centers. To serve our profession better FAMFT has establish a dozen chapters and groups across the state. Look here for more details about what we are offering in your area of Florida.

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The Florida Association offers quality training for your required CEU needs and for the advancement of your career. Each year we offer an annual conference with workshops on the latest and most relevant topics. Throughout the state our chapters have many monthly training.

Recent News

Wednesday, September 26 I attended the annual Long-Range planning meeting for Florida DOH Medical Quality Assurance. They manage all of the health care boards of Florida DOH. There were some updates to share with you.

  • The average to issue an initial DOH license has dropped to 58.79 days from start to finish. Within 30 days 99.01% of initial license applications are deemed either complete or deficient. Also, within 90 days they have almost 100% of initial applications are approved or denied.
  • Last year over 25,000 complaints were made to Florida DOH for all health care boards. When a priory 1 complaint is made investigators are processing it in about 1/4 days. It takes an average of 7 days to complete the case on these priority complaints. Then it takes about 2 months to issue an emergency order. The target for these cases is 30 days. An example of this was the West Palm case against “Dr. Love” – An 18-year-old in West Palm Beach, Florida, who was arrested recently and charged with masquerading as a physician without a license. To read more: http://www.people.com/article/florida-teen-arrested-fake-doctor.
  • Last year 2000 bills were introduced into legislation session with 279 bills passing. 16 bills impacted Health Care Professions. A copy of the MQA summary is attached.  Please note that we learned 2 weeks ago that AAMFT has a Task Force that will produce guidelines for Technology in January 2017. Since all health care is introducing telehealth possibilities next year,  this will be important to help train our members.
  • Because the legislature did not “sweep” the trust funds (these are the accounts which manage our licensing fees to pay for our regulatory 491 board) for the past two years, it is possible we may have a fee reduction approved for our March 31, 2017 license renewal fee. For example our estimated expenses for 2016-2018 is about 4.7 million dollars, but we are estimated to pay 5.5 million dollars. So there could be an overage.

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The Profession of Marriage and Family Therapy

Marriage and family therapists are mental health professionals trained and licensed to independently diagnose and treat mental health and substance abuse problems. Diagnosis and treatment occur with an awareness and understanding of the larger context within which an individual lives and works. This may include, but is not limited to, couples, families, and work and social groups. Hence, our focus tends to be on relationships among people in addition to distress within an individual. This approach is based on the research and theories that individuals are social creatures and do not exist in a vacuum. Therefore, their problems are best treated within a systemic context. As such, our orientation is unique among mental health professionals. The federal government has recognized marriage and family therapy as a core mental health profession along with psychiatry, psychology, social work and psychiatric nursing.

Marriage and family therapists focus on understanding client symptoms and interaction patterns within their existing environment. MFTs diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders within the context of marriage, couples and family systems. MFTs treat predominantly individuals, but also provide couples, family and group therapy; all in the context of relationships that incorporate family systems.

MFTs offer treatment for a variety of serious clinical problems include, but are not limited to: anxiety, depression, individual psychological problems, marital problems and child-parent relations. Other disorders and problems regularly encountered by MFTs include conduct disorder and delinquency, childhood behavioral and emotional disorders, substance abuse and alcoholism, marital problems, relationship enhancement and domestic violence.

Depending on one’s diagnosis and needs, approaches will vary. Marriage and family therapy’s prominence has increased due to its demonstrated effectiveness and its recognition of the contexts in which people live and work. Marriage and family therapy involves a broader emphasis on the person to examine the nature and role of all factors in primary relationship and networks.

Our members meet rigorous standards for education and training and are held to the highest ethical standards of the profession. Clinical Members have met the highest standards of the profession for education and clinical experience. Associate and Student membership categories are available for therapists in training for clinical practice. Members of allied professions and other persons who are interested in marriage and family therapy are eligible to become Affiliate Members.