Dear NAMFT Member,
AAMFT has recently proposed a number of significant changes to its structure as an organization and has sent a variety of information on this topic in a number of emails over the past year. As your NAMFT representatives it is our responsibility to ensure that you are aware of important issues, such as this one, affecting MFTs in our state.
NAMFT has chosen to not take a position on this issue but would like to attempt to provide a clear summary taken from the information provided by AAMFT so that you are able to make an informed decision.
Essentially, AAMFT has been working to ensure that it is able to continue to meet the needs of its members in the coming years. They have worked for several years to research this issue and based upon the challenges they found are now recommending that the structure of AAMFT be changed. This issue will be given to members to vote on from June 2015-August 15, 2015.
A YES vote on this issue will mean that the new bylaws will be approved and AAMFT will move forward with the restructuring process beginning January 1, 2016. At that time geographical divisions such as NAMFT will transition to either a geographical based Special Interest Group (SIG), an independent organization or be dissolved altogether. Over the next three years of transition, AAMFT will launch several core interest groups and accept applications for other interest groups, both geographical and topical, with several levels. Based on AAMFT expectations these groups will operate through a variety of mediums (online, in person, conferences). Minimum dues will decrease for members; however, for each SIG joined there will be additional associated dues. Many questions and details about this restructuring process have been left unanswered and AAMFT has not been able to clarify how exactly this transition will work and how effective it will be.
A NO vote on this issue will mean that AAMFT’s current bylaws stay intact and the organization of both AAMFT and NAMFT will continue as currently structured. Members will have access to both the national organization and state chapters. AAMFT believes that this would be ineffective long term; they believe the current structure does not adequately meet anticipated needs. One major reason given by AAMFT for this belief is that there are decreasing membership rates, yet Nevada’s membership has consistently grown over the past 10 years.
Please feel free to contact the NAMFT Board with any questions. We recognize this is a complex issue with a variety of potential impacts and would like to help you in any way possible.
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