Benefits of Membership

ALAMFT is the primary education, training, and networking resource for those practicing systemic and relational therapies in Alabama.  The mission of ALAMFT is to provide opportunities for professional development, education, and growth to enhance the delivery of marriage and family therapy to individuals, couples, families, and groups in Alabama.  ALAMFT will advocate in partnership with the Family Team for practice parity for MFTs in Alabama.

Membership Includes:

ALAMFT Board Members

Members of ALAMFT receive the service and advocacy of a four-person volunteer board who manage all aspects of the state organization. The ALAMFT Board creates and implements programming for its association members and responds to emerging needs of our profession-at-large by employing committees and task forces as warranted. Our state association is guided by our contract with AAMFT and their accompanying policies as well as licensure rules and regulations set forth by ABEMFT. Members of the Board are elected by the members of ALAMFT and serve their terms on a rotating schedule. The Board meets at least eight times a year, either in-person or virtually. Click here to view the list of the current ALAMFT Board members.

Members of ALAMFT have the opportunity to review and vote on the upcoming leadership of ALAMFT in the Fall of each year. 

Leadership

Members of ALAMFT have the opportunity to serve in a leadership role by nominating themselves for open positions on the ALAMFT Leadership Board or volunteering to serve on a committee or task force. 

Each Chair-Elect of ALAMFT will enroll in AAMFT's Leadership Certificate Program to complete before or during their service as Chair. 

 
Advocacy

ALAMFT advocates on behalf of all Alabama Marriage and Family Therapists regardless of membership status in AAMFT or ALAMFT.  

  • ALAMFT sends at least one current board member to all ABEMFT meetings. ALAMFT aims to understand licensure board decisions, advocate for our Alabama MFTs, and collaborate on changes that benefit both the profession and the public.
  • ALAMFT tracks all legislation in the state that may beneficially or adversely impact the practice of the MFT profession in Alabama.
  • ALAMFT has worked with a lobbyist in recent years to accomplish goals such as the ability of Alabama MFTs to legally diagnose and treat.
  • Currently, ALAMFT is pursuing advocacy/legislative efforts to eliminate barriers for Alabama MFTs with Alabama Medicaid and Alabama BCBS. 
    • When a need for legislative action arises, ALAMFT applies for "Foundational Funding" from our parent organization, AAMFT to ensure legislative efforts are supported. We received this funding in 2021, 2022, and 2023 which covered our lobbyist fee. 

ALAMFT Website

ALAMFT maintains online information available every day, 24 hours a day. This information is updated throughout the year and can answer most questions after office hours and on weekends. When logged into their account ALAMFT Members have access to website information that is not public.

Membership dues help support this website being updated throughout the year as updates arise. 

Education

ALAMFT advertises CE opportunities on our website and through email announcements to current ALAMFT members. 

ALAMFT Conference

ALAMFT offers an annual conference to aid in the fulfillment of the required continuing education units needed for licensure or renewal of licensure. Each year ALAMFT's conference overview will either include ethics or diagnose and treat CE hours. 

Substantial discounts are given to Members of ALAMFT for all ALAMFT hosted CE events. 

ALAMFT Business Meeting

Annually, ALAMFT hosts a business meeting to share a report of the prior year, as well as our plans and budget for the upcoming year. The purpose of the meeting is to aid members in their understanding of the work being done by ALAMFT. 

ALAMFT members are encouraged to ask questions, voice concerns, and participate in this meeting.

Additionally, the ALAMFT Board sends emails to members throughout the year with news and updates, as well as an end of the year report.

Supervision

ALAMFT maintains online information regarding current supervisors in our state. We offer a map of the state that features all AAMFT and ABEMFT Supervisors that live/work in Alabama. This map is updated quarterly and reflects which supervisors are taking new supervisees and information about those that offer telesupervision.

The ALAMFT Board is able to connect students and newly licensed MFTs with potential supervisors through these resources. 

Students/Associates

ALAMFT aims to support students and new clinicians as they enter the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. All ALAMFT events are offered to students at a discounted registration rate. Many resources are offered on our website and the ALAMFT Board is available to address requests from students and new clinicians via email. 

Resources
MFT Examination Prep Information
Supervisor's Map
Student/Associates Luncheon at ALAMFT Annual Conference
Licensure Requirement Information on Website
Networking and Job Information via our Facebook Page
Access to ALAMFT Board

The ALAMFT Board offers an internship opportunity annually to at least one currently enrolled student in the field of MFT. This internship is open for application in Spring of each year. To be considered for this internship, you must be a current member of ALAMFT. 

Social/Networking Opportunities

ALAMFT supports the management of a Facebook group that aims to help facilitate shared information, referrals, supervision and employment needs, as well as other news and updates.

Both online and at ALAMFT events, members of ALAMFT have the opportunity to connect with colleagues and supervisors, to find and expand opportunities, catch up on the latest professional news, or make new professional friends and acquaintances.

Spotlight a Clinician

ALAMFT celebrates the work of our members and fosters connection between them through our Spotlight a Clinician program. In this program, a chosen MFT will share about their background, current work, and give advice to new clinicians in the state. The information that they share is posted to our website quarterly. At the end of their spotlight, the clinician will meet with the next chosen Spotlight to support connection and networking in our state. 
 

Professional Liability Insurance

National professional insurance leader, CPH and Associates, offers ALAMFT members comprehensive liability insurance at competitive members-only annual rates, with sizeable discounts available to students and newly-licensed MFT’s.

Paid Subscription to Professional Publications

ALAMFT members receive free annual subscriptions to professional publications published by AAMFT: The Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and Family Therapy Magazine.


MFT Job Openings

Through the AAMFT Job Connection and on the ALAMFT website, ALAMFT members can be instantly aware of jobs for MFT’s that may become open throughout the state of Alabama.