- Stephanie Brooks Ph.D, associate professor and Chair in the Department of Couple and Family Therapy at Drexel University, was appointed as the new director of the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), part of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).NJAMFT congratulates Dr. Brooks and looks forward to working with her and all of the Drexel MFT students in the future. To read the AAMFT article on her appointment and to learn more about how the Minority Fellowship Program might help you, click on the link and then navigate to Pages 8-9 "A Journey Of Development and Hope". July 2015 Family Therapy Magazine
Debby DeroianIn 2014, the Southern Chapter of NJAMFT initiated a scholarship essay contest with The College of New Jersey MFT program. It is based on academic proficiency and a demonstrated ability in clinical application of systems theory. The project is an effort to support and encourage MFT students, as well as to encourage new therapists to connect with NJAMFT as new members.Applicants are asked to focus on their skills, life experiences and the qualities they bring to their therapeutic practice. Debby Deroian earned this award in 2014, and has become an excellent liaison between her fellow students and the NJAMFT.
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Some think of it as a fad, others think of it as a form of "mystic healing" and still others promote it as the best thing to happen in their office in a long time. Some therapists indicate that while it is helpful to themselves, they don't really use it in their everyday practice. Others recommend it to their clients while claiming not to have time to practice it themselves. The "it" here is of course the practice of "Mindfulness."Here is more grit for your own particular view on the issue. This video features Rick Hanson Ph.D in an interview with Jack Kornfield Ph.D. Kornfield is a bestselling American author and teacher in the vipassana movement in American Theravada Buddhism. He trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma and India, first as a student of the Thai forest master Ajahn Chah and Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma. He has taught meditation worldwide since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist Mindfulness practice to the West. Trained with a Ph.D in clinical psychology from Saybrook Institute, Kornfield has written extensively on the bridge between Eastern and Western psychology.To view the video, please click here: Rick Hanson Interview with Jack Kornfield
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LMFT Rated Among Best Careers
Once again, US News and World Report's annual job rankings shows that Marriage and Family Therapist was rated among the best careers (Top 50) for 2013 (follow link below to view the article). The article also says "By 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts this occupation will grow by 41.2 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations." This is heartening news during difficult economic times and times in which health care providers are feeling the strain of so much change.
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