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TAMFT members voted to 
END affiliation with AAMFT

Letter from the President of the TAMFT

TAMFT members,

I write to you today to inform you that on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, TAMFT members voted to end its affiliation with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Seventy one percent of you voted to approve this change to the TAMFT bylaws, meeting the minimum 2/3 majority vote for approval. We have notified AAMFT Executive Leadership of this change, which will be certified at the 2019 annual conference.

All active members currently hold membership in TAMFT. The board is currently developing a direct path to membership that includes new member categories, annual dues, and benefit summaries. In the next 30 days, the board will remove all language of affiliation from our bylaws. After the vote is certified, we will release the new bylaws to members and post them on our website. TAMFT will also undergo a significant rebrand that includes a new website, logo, mission statement, ethics statement, and leadership structure. We expect these changes to be complete no later than quarter three of 2019.

The board accepts the membership’s decision with humility and determination. We recognize that 30% of those who voted chose to vote against this change. We value that consideration and wish to engage those members’ concerns and questions. We know that the road ahead, while hopeful and optimistic, is uncertain. During this change, it is our hope that members will retain membership with AAMFT in an effort to show solidarity with partner organizations. I have reached out to AAMFT leadership to express this sentiment. In addition, we have invited AAMFT leadership to attend the annual conference at no cost in the spirit of open dialogue. We are grateful to AAMFT for the years of support and loyalty to Texas MFTs. We are grateful for the solidarity expressed through their support during the TMA lawsuit. We accept the change ahead as a call for growth and professional differentiation. We celebrate our heritage and move into the future as a mature and independent organization.

We will be releasing more information soon about the specific details of membership and leadership structure. We have an upcoming vote for new board members that will also be certified at TAMFT’s annual business meeting. In the meantime, we encourage members to reach out to board members or email with questions concerning the future.

Thank you all for your participation in this historic vote. We look forward to collaborating with all of you for the future of Texas MFTs.


Mathis V. Kennington, Ph.D., LMFT-S, CST   President

Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy


CLOSES February 15th

Supervisor / Supervisee Meet and Greet

Saturday, February 16th, 2019

Sponsored by the

LMFT & LPC Supervisor / Supervisee / Student** Meet & Greet

Interns, Associates and Students** are WELCOME

The Austin AMFT Organization welcomes you to join us for a meet and greet event to help LMFT-Associates, LPC-Interns, and Students** connect with potential supervisors!

What:    Supervision Meet & Greet

Who:     LPC & LMFT Supervisors, Interns, Associates, and Counseling Students** 

When:   Saturday February 16, 2019 from 10:30am-12:30pm

Where:  The Austin Center for Grief & Loss

              2413 Greenlawn Parkway

              Austin, TX 78757

** Students must be in their final 2 semesters of their graduate program or have already graduated. 


10:30am-10:45am    Arrival, sign-in, refreshments

10:45am-11:30am    Supervisor introductions   

11:30am-12:30pm    "Speed-Dating” Rounds (7-8 min talk with each supervisor)

Please note: Supervisors need to respond to these questions below to complete your online registration. You will be asked to answer these quesitons when you register.

Light drinks and refreshments will be provided. 

Students**/ Interns, you will receive a sheet of information regarding each supervisor in attendance and the following information:

  1. What is your orientation/approach to therapy?
  2. What client populations or issues do you specialize in?
  3. What style do you use in supervision? Group vs Individual?
  4. What are your expectations of interns/associates?
  5. What unique qualities do you bring into your supervision?
  6.  How long have you been in practice? Supervising?
  7. Which license[s] do you supervise for? Are you dual licensed?
  8.  How much do you charge per session or per week/month? Does that include emergency consultations?


FREE for Students**, Interns, and Associates

$15. for Austin AMFT Member Supervisors

$30. for all other Supervisors

Please note: This event was SOLD OUT last June.

For questions, please contact Brittany Neece at or 512-814-6027 

Registration for Supervisors
             Click Here

Registration for Interns, Associates, and Students
                           Click Here

Luncheon Event

Registration is now open

March 8th, 2019

Luncheon Topic

The Family Diagram 
 Family Research in Therapy

    Based in Bowen Theory

Please register by going to 



Did you know that the LMFT board 
 has a set of new Proposed Rules?

You have until January 13, 2018 to make a comment here: 

Use Subject Line: Comment on Proposed Rules

LMFT Proposed Rules

Proposed Rules to Know:


  • Records must be kept 6 years or 5 years beyond the age of 18 for a minor


  • If applicant has been licensed as an LMFT for 2 years preceding the application, academic and experience hours will be considered met


  • Unlimited supervision sessions by live video; only 50 hours by telephonic services


  • Maintain and sign a record to document the date and total number of hours of supervised experience at each supervision session
  • Supervisors must ensure the LMFT Associate knows and adheres to all statutes and rules


  • An applicant who fails the exam my retake the exam as many times as needed until the expiration of the application.


  • After an investigation and evidence indicating a violation of board rules, a Notice of Violation will be issued proposing disciplinary action on a penalty matrix (801.302) and an opportunity will be given for an Informal Settlement Conference

Technology-Assisted Services

LMFTs now need 2 CEUs in this area to renew licenses.

Do you know what the Texas Administrative Code is for LMFTs 

as it concerns Technology-Assisted Services?

We, as licensed LMFTs, need to have complied with these rules by

January 1st, 2018. (Yes, 2018.)

Click here to find out. 

One Technology-Assisted CEU
               was provided at our 
            October 2018 Luncheon

A second Technology-Assisted CEU
             will be provided at our 
            October 2019 Luncheon


We can help you find a therapist. No matter who you are, no matter what your situation, there is someone who can help you.

Find more information on the wide range of specialists available to assist you.

Click here

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We are the Austin Chapter of The Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (TAMFT), and a division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Our mission is to unite students, service agencies, and emerging and seasoned professionals to promote the licensure of marriage and family therapists, clinical systemic thinking, and to distinguish the field of Marriage & Family Therapy as unique and beneficial to the greater Austin community. 

If you have any questions feel free to email

Austin AMFT is calling for speaker proposals for our 


monthly luncheons!

We are looking for dynamic speakers to present on a wide range of clinical topics as seen through a systemic lens in working with individuals, families, and/or couples and how your work impacts the family system, community, and/or socio-cultural spheres.

Would you be interested in presenting at one of our 2019 monthly lunches?

If so, then please...

Click here

Meetings are held the second Friday of every month except for July and December at our new location: 

Cover 3 on Anderson Lane

Upcoming Events

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Clinical Group

Men's Group

Looking for a Few Good Men

   Maybe you’ve been working with the wife and the man needs therapy too.
   Maybe you’ve been seeing the couple but the man isn’t as receptive as the wife.
   Maybe he doesn’t believe in therapy but a group of guys sounds better.

   Mens group improves relationships and supports marital work. Men in group listen better, think more, and
             become more relational. The intimacy of group seeps into other relationships.

   After 30 years of leading groups in Houston, I’m starting a new mens group in Austin. Since I am now semi-          retired without a full practice, I’m looking for one or two additional members. If I can be helpful to you, please        let me know. 

   Please contact: Steve Katzman, LMFT 713-202-1942 /

   Posted 2/6/19



  Starting free peer support/supervision monthly group on Fridays in South Austin for        
  therapists with at least 5-10 years experience. 
  Call Deborah Vanko, LMFT      515-778-9671


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