The Connecticut Association for
Marriage and Family Therapy

     A Division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy



Connecticut Association
for Marriage and Family Therapy

Executive Office:
PO Box 96, Newtown, CT 06470



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CAMFT Mission Statement

The CAMFT seeks to promote the well - being of individuals, couples, families, and other systems through the advancement of the profession and practice of marriage and family therapy.

Marriage and family therapy is one of six licensed mental health professions serving the citizens of Connecticut. The State of Connecticut regulates all those in our profession who are licensed.

CAMFT has a 25 year tradition in the state of Connecticut. At the state level, CAMFT supports its members with continuing education and professional opportunities. As a division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, we help promote the profession of marriage and family therapy throughout not only Connecticut, but also in the United States and Canada.

Marriage and family therapists (MFTs) are educated in accredited institutes' Master's and Doctoral programs to provide mental health services to individuals, couples, families and other systems of human relationships. Marriage and family therapists work with client strengths to improve organizational, interpersonal and intrapersonal well-being. For more details about how to work with an MFT, click here.

As the WebMaster of CAMFT, I encourage you to learn more about us through this website and to keep us in mind as effective providers of mental health services. Include an MFT in your lifetime healthcare team-both for prevention and for treatment.

Melissa L. Thornton, MBA, LMFT
CAMFT WebMaster



Marriage and Family Therapy Facts

- MFT originated about 60 years ago when health care clinicians began to seek more effective and comprehensive ways to treat disorders such as schizophrenia, anorexia and alcoholism.

- MFTs work with individuals, groups, couples, and families, and focus on the power of the family system as an instrument of change and healing.

- MFTs treat the client's relationships within systems (e.g. families, couples, schools, work and cultures) as a way of understanding the development of dysfunctional patterns.

- MFTs view relational systems as frequent sources of stress and symptom formation.

- MFTs come from a wide variety of backgrounds, such as medicine, psychology, psychiatry, nursing and social work.

- MFTs frequently treat such mental health disorders as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, adjustment disorders, marriage and family conflict, and behavioral disorders in children and adolescents, among others.

- MFTs have historically been trained to work within 20 session "brief therapy" time frames.

- MFTs recognize that while disorders have relational consequences, treatment often must include psychiatric consultation, medication, psychological testing and individual psychotherapy.

- MFTs in Connecticut became licensed in 1995.

- MFTs in Connecticut are assured confidentiality of clinical records as a result of the 1992 Privileged Communication Bill.

- MFTs in Connecticut received vendorship in 1992. This bill requires that eligible licensed MFTs receive third party reimbursement on the same basis as the other four state-regulated mental health providers.

- There are over 800 CAMFT members in Connecticut.

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