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Prospective Student Weekend

0 Commentsby   |  05.05.13  |  Uncategorized

The prospective student weekend in March was not only an opportunity to look for future MFT’s, it was an opportunity to show future MFT’s what they can expect from our program here at ACU. Even though that weekend is long gone, the importance it holds still resonates and carries on in the heart of this program’s history.

The interview weekend tied it all together for the curious explorer. We offered a student panel, tours of the clinic and the campus, a presentation given by Dr. Goff and Dr. Blakeslee, several opportunities for prospective students to chat with us in a relaxed atmosphere, and of course, great food. First year intern Natalie Villalobos said, “The events of the perspective student weekend were organized in a way for the students to get to know faculty, staff, and current students in a relaxed environment. It reminded me of my experience just a year ago and I am excited for the journey the new students are about to take.”

Another first year, Holley Craft, said “Having the opportunity to speak to perspective students allowed me to reflect on my short time in the program and to remember being in their shoes. I could tell that even though it’s been a year the growth that has happened for me is indescribable.” Holley was also on the student panel and touched on the passion this program imbues, a passion she didn’t know she had until put under the hot seat. “I believe in this program and would choose to do it over and over again. Speaking and sharing the novice amount of wisdom that I have made me very thankful that I was chosen…and I was able to share my weird and fierce passion for the MFT department,” said Craft.

As Dr. Goff stated, “We interviewed an excellent group of prospective students this year from colleges and universities across the country. I’m really excited about finalizing the cohort and getting to know these students better over the next several years.” Soon enough these things will all be so: the second years will graduate and go on to exert their therapeutic prowess, the first years will get a step closer to graduation and become mentors to the incoming class, and the new first years will filter into Abilene and begin an incredible journey of growth and discovery.

AAMFT Membership

2 Commentsby   |  02.13.13  |  Uncategorized

The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) is an association that represents professionals in the field of marriage and family therapy, and supports more than 24,000 marriage and family therapists worldwide. The AAMFT firmly believes in the unity of communication, especially among working professionals who are involved in clinical, educational, and research settings. Connecting the field under a common thread also has many purposes, two of which are to give a unified voice to those of us in the field, and to provide consumers with access to mental health care.

Dr. Dale Bertram is a new faculty member here at ACU and an active member of AAMFT. On the national level Dr. Bertram has served on the COAMFTE Standards Review Committee, The AAMFT Approved Supervision Handbook Revision Task Force, the AAMFT Code of Ethics Revision Task Force, the AAMFT Ethics Committee, and the AAMFT Distance Education Committee. He has also served on a number of state level committees, and currently serves on the TAMFT Legislative Committee.

Dr. Bertram is a proud supporter of the purpose and benefits of membership with AAMFT. According to Bertram, the best advice for students is to check out the AAMFT website (www.aamft.org) and become familiar with member benefits, resources, and student opportunities. “As an associate member, get involved and get on committees, volunteer for tasks”, said Bertram “because you can meet other students and people who are well established, which can lead to important networking and even pave the way for future opportunities”.

Aside from networking and active involvement, AAMFT membership has its benefits far beyond graduation and licensing exams. From a legal and ethical standpoint, “If you are facing a subpoena or court order, or someone files a complaint against you, or you have general questions about ethics, you can call AAMFT as a member and obtain a free consultation with an attorney” said Bertram. Members also benefit from excellent resources, quality research, and up-to-date practice information.

These and many more are just a few of the perks to connecting with professionals across the country, and Dr. Bertram’s final word provides a simple bit of advice with springboard-like potential, “Roll up your sleeves and get involved with committees”.