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VAMFT is Now Independent

Pursuant to the recent vote on revised by-laws and subject to final sign-off from AAMFT, VAMFT is no longer a division of AAMFT. This outcome is the result of the change in AAMFT by-laws that required some change in the various divisions, removing the historic dual membership requirement, I.e., members were required to join both the national association AND their respective division. When this requirement was dissolved, it become necessary for the divisions to select from several optional organizational options, including ending the division entirely. The VAMFT Board of Directors unanimously decided to propose to the membership that VAMFT continue as a wholly independent not-for-profit rather than any of the other options,  The option of becoming independent was overwhelming selected by VAMFT’s membership (107 – 8). The current VAMFT Board of Directors will continue as the Board of the “new” VAMFT, but many things, e.g., the logo, will be changing. A new dues structure will be created and current VAMFT members will be invited to join (or, technically) re-join VAMFT.

Please be patient as we move into this new territory. Call me or email me with questions, suggestions or concerns.  It is not clear that the Executive Director position will continue as we move forward, but we will try to keep you informed.  In the mean time, we urge you to remain members of AAMFT; join the FamilyTEAM to promote and support mft advocacy issues at both state and local levels; and, more than anything, stay try to the systemic principles that provide us, as mft’s, a powerful set of interventions to help the families, couples and individuals that we serve.

Arnold Woodruff, Executive Director, VAMFT

awoodruffmac@mac.com; (804) 370-6154

 

 

Here’s the latest from Charlottesville regarding providing pro bono counseling services. If you are interested, please respond. The coordinator is John Rogers. His email is: johntelluride@icloud.com  
Wally
“Hi All, a quick update for you:
“It was a quiet day at the library, with only a couple of consultations and about 20 walk-up interactions at the front desk.  We did a local TV spot to spread the work, and we are also in touch with city and county DSS folks so they know we are here.  The emotions on display at the city council meeting last night are evidence of what is still just below the surface.
“Many thanks to Dr. Nancy Miller, who returns home to PA with her therapy dog tomorrow.  Nancy was tireless doing assertive outreach all over downtown, including spending most of today with our police department.
“We are open all day tomorrow, and have two clinician openings noon-5, and help at the front desk is needed 9-6.  If we are quiet at the library, you can do outreach on the mall, at the park, and at the free speech wall.  Just let me know if you are free, or drop by the library.
“Our plan is to discontinue this service after Saturday and hand it off to CAVA and the other organizations offering drop-in services. Let’s hope we don’t need it again anytime soon.”
John

Fee Increase Announced

Special Notice:  The Board of Counseling recently announced fee increases for Marriage and Family Therapists as well as all of the other licenses that they regulate, effective February 8, 2017.  Please click here for details.  They did not yet appear in the regulations document on the BOC website as of the publication of this notice.

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Arnold Woodruff, LMFT

ARNOLD WOODRUFF, LMFT

Executive Director, VAMFT

  • Clinical Fellow of AAMFT since 1981
  • Approved Supervisor in AAMFT since 1984
  • Over 45 years of experience in public and not-for-profit behavioral health and child welfare settings, including;
    • Director, Mental Health Division, Prince William County (VA) CSB
    • Director, Juvenile Mental Health Services, Alexandria (VA) CSB
    • Regional Program Director, Region IV Consortium of CSB’s
    • Clinical Director and Co-owner, Help Your Way, Richmond, VA
  • Several terms on Board of Dirctors of Virginia and Illinois AMFT’s, including two terms as President in Virginia.
  • Legislative Liaison, Virgina AMFT
  • Site visitor, COAMFTE
  • Member (2nd term currently) AAMFT Minority Fellowship Program
  • Frequent presenter at AAMFT National Conference

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Dr. Ronnie Zuessman, President

PRESIDENT, Virginia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

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Dr. Ronnie Zuessman, PhD  LCP  LMFT  LPC

DrZuessman@gmail.com

mobile  (347)  267  3170

PO Box 4523, Fairfax VA 22038

www.DrZuessman.com

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As a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor in AAMFT since the early 1980s, my interest is in promoting the availability of systemically informed psychotherapy to the many individuals, couples and families who have the need for quality professional services.

I have an extensive background in public service and private practice, and in graduate teaching and clinical supervision.  Licensed in Virginia as a Clinical Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapist, and Professional Counselor, I have an appreciation of the disciplines, the preparation of practitioners, and how each may serve the people who reach out for assistance with the difficulties or problems they are experiencing.

Today, some of the stigma for seeking mental health (or what is now called behavioral health) services has diminished.  However, because of a system of insurance payment that relies and narrowly focuses upon a diagnosis of mental disorder located within one individual, practitioners with lesser preparation than Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists often miss the dynamics of the relationship or family system that are contributing to the ‘problem’ seen in the person suffering with symptoms.  By entering therapy with a LMFT there is enhanced opportunity to address those dynamics and to seek resolution.

This new era is calling upon LMFTs to maintain a balance between the needs of people presenting as our clients, understandings of systemically oriented theories, research informed practice, and the pressures of the contemporary health care system and pop culture expectations.  Our foremost concern is the welfare of our clients, and bringing to them excellent, ethical clinical practice, taking into account the client’s unique experience, culture, ethnicity, spirituality, identity and history.

Working alongside other members of the VAMFT board and the general membership, we are helping people who need the services of LMFTs by:  enhancing the profile of marriage and family therapy, improving the accessibility and quality of advanced professional education, and engaging in appropriate advocacy.

It is my hope that people seeking services come to LMFTs with a sense of confidence in their therapist.  The scope of my professional experience is indicative of the types of concerns LMFTs can address.

My experience includes working in:  community mental health, inpatient psychiatry, substance abuse treatment services, child and family services, disability services, public schools, correctional services, forensic services, residential services, not-for-profit agencies, and employee assistance services.  Some of the areas with which I have been clinically involved include child protection, domestic violence, sexual abuse, human resource management, civil commitment, court assessment and expert testimony, personality assessment, diagnostic reporting, and risk assessment.  I provide individual, couple, family, and group psychotherapy.  As an ASSECT Certified Sex Therapist, I also work in the areas of sexual identity, orientation, dysfunction, paraphilia, abuse survivorship, and harassment.  I have clinically supervised practicing LMFTs and graduate students.  I have also clinically supervised practitioners and students from other disciplines.  I have taught graduate courses at many universities and currently serve as adjunct faculty at George Mason University, and affiliate faculty at Union Institute and University.

Many LMFTs have a rich clinical experience and are prepared to help individuals, couples and families who have the need for quality professional services.

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