Member Benefits

WAMFT is the professional home for more than 1,100 mental health practitioners, teachers, and students in the state of Washington. Participating in the numerous activities mentioned below is an excellent way to connect with your colleagues, expand your professional horizons, and stay abreast of advances in the field.

As a member, you help support your professional association’s mission to network, educate, and advocate for the enrichment of our members, the advancement of our profession, and the health of our communities.

Here are some of the ways you can get connected:

Networking

  • Newsletter: The WAMFT newsletter features clinical insight articles, member perspectives, book reviews, letters to the editor, legislative updates, training workshops, and a calendar of events, just to name a few. The newsletter is full of articles to enhance your professional growth, networking and job opportunities, and news about association activities.
  • Holiday Party/Awards Reception: WAMFT holds a fun and festive party to celebrate the season and honor those members who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to support WAMFT and enhance the MFT profession.
  • Networking Events: These free coffees and lunches are a relaxing way to network and discuss issues that affect the profession locally. To find an event in your community, check out the calendar in this notebook or visit www.wamft.org. (If there is not an event in your area, and you would be interested in starting one, please contact the WAMFT office.)
  • Listserv: Use this helpful tool to post inquiries about practice issues, stay in touch with WAMFT colleagues, share practice information, network with peers, and receive association updates. For more information, contact us at wamft@wamft.org.
  • Social media: Join the conversation. Follow TheWAMFT on Facebook and Twitter.

Education

  • Annual Conference: Each year, WAMFT offers a day-long workshop with renowned practitioners from around the country. Previous conferences have featured Scott Miller on what works in therapy, Janis Abrahms Spring on cybersex and virtual affairs, Patrick Carnes on sexual addiction, William Doherty on divorce issues, Michael Yapko on depression issues, Richard Schwartz on Internal Family Systems, Bill O’Hanlon on possibility therapy, Lynn Hoffman on “with-ness,” Ken Hardy and working with at-risk adolescents, Barbara Wilson and E.B. Vance regarding ethics, and Constance Ahrons on divorce and remarriage.
  • Northwest Regional Conference: Every other year, WAMFT offers a two-day workshop featuring a nationally known speaker. Past Northwest Regional Conference speakers include Sue Johnson on EFT and Michele Weiner-Davis on “Divorce Busting.” This year, we are proud to invite Sue Johnson back for a deeper discussion on EFT.
  • Workshop Series: Join your colleagues for these intimate learning opportunities. Workshops are conducted by local experts addressing issues important to your MFT community.
  • Mentor Day: This free event is intended for student and associate members to learn more about licensing, supervision, marketing, and much more.
  • Speaker Database: WAMFT maintains a database of members who are interested in making educational presentations to those working in agencies. This project is a way to connect members looking to share their expertise with agency practitioners who often find it challenging to go outside their workplace to attain CEUs.
  • Continuing Education Credits: WAMFT awards continuing education credits for various events throughout the state. To see how your event can qualify for CEUs for LMFT, LMHC, LICSW, LASW, certified counselors, and associates, contact us at wamft@wamft.org or download the CEU Application.

Advocacy

  • Policy/Legislative Advocacy: In 2001, WAMFT was instrumental in gaining licensure for MFTs. Today, association volunteers participate in the Washington Department of Health Advisory Committee, which writes the rules that define the terms of your MFT license. In addition, WAMFT works tirelessly to persuade legislators and principals of health care organizations of what we already know—that family therapy works and should be should be accepted throughout the health care system. Our recent accomplishments include:
    • Helped in drafting a new policy that will assist those working toward licensure by allowing associates to take the AMFTRB exam at any time after becoming an LMFTA.
    • Lobbied for a new law which allows LMFTs to have access to the HEAL-WA database.
    • Worked with DOH to help establish an online renewal process.
  • Scholarships for Student Members: WAMFT is proud to recognize Student Members based on academic achievement and contributions to their school and community. Scholarship recipients receive a $500 scholarship and free registration to WAMFT’s annual conference.
  • Supervisor Database: WAMFT offers a list of AAMFT Approved Supervisors and Washington state-qualified supervisors at no cost to those seeking supervision.

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