New Jersey Division

Miles Burklow Ed.S., LMFT
NJAMFT Legislative Chair

June, 2018

If you are like most of us, you may not know much about how a lobbyist works or accomplishes. As we listen to the daily news, you may even have negative feelings about lobbyists. In the past, many of us on the NJAMFT board have had reservations about hiring our own lobbyist. We have since learned differently. Consider the following: 1. A lobbyist knows people that we have no access to and may never have even heard of, but are necessary to help move our bills along. 2. A lobbyist has access to every bill that passes through the legislature and spends hours noting the bills that impact marriage and family therapy. 3. A lobbyist knows the appropriate steps to MFTs identified as a provider rather than being part of "other mental health providers.  Our recent fundraising effort is the result of our need for additional funding to keep the services of our lobbyist. This call for additional funds is not issued frivolously. Our lobbying efforts are the core of our advocacy to protect and advance your profession (and mine). 

Below is an excerpt from our e-Blast from a short while ago:  

"Four years ago, when the Legislative Committee retained the services of a professional lobbyist, we found that none of our state legislators had ever heard of the NJAMFT! They had little to no awareness of what a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist was or did. That problem has been resolved. Our lobbyist now gets calls from our legislators as they consider and write new bills. Even the Office of Legislative Services contacts us now as they review newly written bills before they are introduced on the legislative floor!

The primary goal of local advocacy is to maintain and expand the scope of your professional practice. We have worked hard to make sure that LMFTs are included as recognized providers in relevant legislation. There have been over 30 instances in which we were able to have bills amended to include LMFTs as recognized providers when they were initially excluded. None of this, or the passage of our Associate License bill, could have been accomplished without our lobbyist." 

To read the e-Blast in its entirety, please click here:  and be as generous as you can in joining in the effort to maintain the benefits of our lobbyist.
Thank-you for serving the citizens and families of New Jersey. It continues to be an honor and a privilege to serve you and our profession. We Are MFT!!!


NAMFT Chapter News

June, 2018

< Central Chapter >

Elizabeth Karlinski LMFT
Central Chapter Presiden

Following our first workshop of the year, I'd like to thank all who participated in making it a success. A special thanks to our presenter, Eric Kispert, for giving a dynamic, engaging and authentic presentation. 

Looking forward, it is more important than ever for the MFT community to stay connected, not just to each other, but to other professionals as well. It is the Central Chapter's goal for the rest of this year to host some local networking opportunities and hopefully enhance the benefits of being a member of NJAMFT-IA. Keep an eye out for the E-vites and please reach out if you have any ideas about venues or types of events!


< Northern Chapter >

Roseann Stanton EdS Roseann Bennett LMFT
 Northern Chapter President

There are so many changes going on with your association. NJAMFT-IA is now an independent affiliate and it's a wonderful time to join and be a part of this reorganization making great achievements for MFTs throughout the state. The Northern chapter is happy to announce our workshop for the spring held on June 15th at the Cultural Center in Lewis Morris Park in Morristown. This workshop will focus on typical grief responses; what is considered appropriate grieving; when does grief become complicated; what is disenfranchised grief and how can that complicate the grief process; what are complicating factors in grief and how to address them; what interventions are available to help as ice-breakers; facilitate conversation and start the healing process; and what resources are available to offer support and facilitate the grief process. This workshop is presented by Diana Sebzda, MA, LPC, FT. If you're looking for a way to connect with other MFTs in your area, consider being a part of NJAMFT-IA. There are many opportunities and ways that you can contribute your talents. 

Today is a great day to join and support NJAMFT-IA.


< Southern NJAMFT Chapter >

Wanda Sevey MDiv Southern Chapter Pres.

 Wanda Sevey MDiv
 Southern Chapter President

It has been a bad news week that included another shooting at a high school in Texas and the news that children of families who cross our borders unlawfully will be separated from their families and housed on military bases. This morning broke grey and cloudy. That's when my better half said "why don't we watch the Royal Wedding?" We hadn't planned on watching it. My spouse said "It's been a hard week and here's something joyful and hopeful. Let's just watch it." That's how I came to hear Michael Curry say in his wedding homily.

The late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr once said, and I quote: "We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world, for love is the only way. It is a privilege to work along side all of you, my colleagues in the NJAMFT. In our work of listening and bending our hearts and minds to the concerns and longings of our clients' and their relationships we are doing our part in participating in the redemptive power of love that changes the world.

As for news of our chapter in the South part of the state, we'd like to draw your attention to our Spring workshop coming up in just a week. There is still time to register and, take advantage of our new, special pricing! Join us as we explore the timely and important topic "Healing the Body and Mind During the '#MeToo' Movement: Effective Treatment of Sexual Pain." Please follow this link to learn more and register: "SNJAMFT-IA Spring 2018 Workshop"   

Yours in the redemptive power of love.


    Need your CEUs by June 30? We're here to help! The NJAMFT-IA Northern Chapter is pleased to announce the Spring 2018 Workshop. This year's event is entitled "Dealing with Grief and Loss over the Lifespan"  and will be held on Friday, June 15, 2018 in North Jersey. 


    This might well be your last chance to capture your license renewal CEUs before June 30, 2018, so act now! The workshop offers 6 CEUs to MFTs, LPCs and  LCADCs. Click here to learn more: NNJAMFT-IA Spring Workshop

  • Of Clinical Interest To All


    Who would have thought that there are studies, yes, real studies--university type--about just how many spaces should appear after a period in a sentence? It's real and it is an "issue" though perhaps not on the same level as global warming. We here at NJAMFT-IA deal with it on every workshop description, every newsletter article submission and all public documents.  Some clearly prefer 2 spaces and some, 1 space after every period. There are also those who argue that 2 spaces came from the days of the typewriter while 1 space is all that is needed in today's computer world. A fascinating article appeared in this month's Atlantic Monthly entitled "Are Two Spaces Better Than One? The Effect of Spacing Following Periods and Commas During Reading." sharing laboratory studies and professional opinions. 


    To read the article in its entirety, please click here and you decide how many spaces are needed!: The Scientific Case for Two Spaces After a Period  

  • Looking for MFT work? Know someone who is hiring? MFT items for sale/trade? Space to share? We post industry related items here! Simply click on the "Classifieds" image here and then select the specific category you are interested in. To let us know about something you'd like to post, please contact:

  • 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.

    Read the article now by clicking here:  US News and World Report: The 100 Best Jobs

  • To locate contact information for your NJ State Representatives, download the document from the link below.

     NJ Representative Contacts

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