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  • 21 Oct 2016 3:08 PM | Elizabeth Cobb (Administrator)

    On October 21, 2016 TAMFT Secretary and Legislature Chair Jeanene Smith, LPC, LMFT provided an update of the current state of affairs for MFTs in Texas.  A copy of her presentation is here: TAMFT Slide Show Presentation.pptx

    TAMFT is asking MFTs to talk to physicians and ask them if they know about the TMA lawsuit. Many physicians are unaware of the lawsuit, and we can educate them about the lawsuit and advocate for our license at the same time. TAMFT is seeking 5,000 (of the possible 70,000) Texas physician signatures. What can you do? Talk to the doctors you know and ask them to sign the following letter in support of marriage and family therapists: Letter for Physician-2.pdf

    TAMFT is also asking members to reach out to your Senator and House Representative. Here are three guides for members designed to support us in our advocacy efforts, which detail how the legislature works, what to say when requesting an appointment with your representative, senator, and an explanation of Sunset: 

  • 10 Aug 2016 11:49 PM | Julie Payne

  • 19 May 2016 1:16 PM | Julie Payne
    Ideally a person who is in private practice and has some time to work at the school. The current counselor has been there 8 years and has worked there 14 hours per week. The hourly contract salary has been very competitive with private practice and certainly with usual school counseling positions.

    if anyone you know is interested they can contact me for more information and/or send their resume’ to head of school:

  • 17 Oct 2015 10:46 AM | Delee D'Arcy (Administrator)

    HAMFT values and supports professional growth!  Recipients of the scholarship are asked to share what they gained from their chosen experience.  Here's what our Wyn Fox has to say about attending the AAMFT conference in September, 2015:

    I want to sincerely thank the HAMFT board for awarding me the Warm Hearth Scholarship. This generous scholarship allowed me to attend the AAFMT annual conference held in Austin, Texas in September. I attended the conference from September 3-6, the full length of the conference. I enjoyed a wonderful stay at JW Marriott where the conference was held and had an opportunity to indulge in local food and fun. 

    My first day of attendance I had the privilege to hear a keynote speech my Mr. Morris Dees activist and civil rights speaker. Mr. Dees co-founded Southern Poverty Law Center. This law center is a non-profit specializing in lawsuits involving civil rights violations, domestic terrorism, and hate-motivated crimes. This speech had a great impact on me as he discussed how we should love and respect on another. I was truly enlightened by his heart-felt cry for justice for all.

    On the second day I had the opportunity to attend a workshop titled, “Resiliency and Spirituality”. This workshop definitely informs my professional work as many of my clients offer their spirituality as the reason for them to fight against all odds. This workshop allowed me to clearly see how the two intersect. I will continue to respectfully explore this area with my clients, armed with new and refreshing insight. Another memorable workshop was titled, “Couples in the Military”. This workshop offered a deeper look into military deployment and reintegration of soldiers that return from combat. This workshop was personal, as I was once that soldier. This workshop gave insight into ways to prevent and intervene with soldiers for some of their most prominent concerns.

    My final day at the conference I debated about leaving a little early so as to get home to be with my family sooner rather than later. I decided to stay and I am so glad that I did. The last workshop that I attended that day was one that resonated with me professionally and personally. This workshop was titled, “Black Men and Women in Therapy”. I feel that this workshop challenged therapists to deal with the difficult dialogues that black men and women deal with, such as black inferiority, white privilege, the impact of slavery on relationships and shame based racial trauma, among others. We discussed how racism may adversely affect black couples but there is not enough research in this area. This sparked a great deal of interest for me.

    Overall, this was a wonderful enriching experience. I plan to attend the conference next year. I appreciate HAMFT for giving me this opportunity. I will continue to apply what I learned from this conference as I continue on my journey as marriage and family therapist.

    Many Thanks,

    Wyn Fox

  • 16 Oct 2015 3:38 PM | Delee D'Arcy (Administrator)

    Julie Payne, MA, LMFT-S

    M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

    Adjunct Faculty at College of the Mainland - Psychology Department

    Certified Military Family Life Consultant

    Certified in TF-CBT (Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

    Certified MAP Supervisor and Trainer (Managing and Adapting Practices)

    CA & TX Board Approved Supervisor

    I am a licensed Marriage and Family therapist in California and Texas.  I graduated from California State University Long Beach in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and then received my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles in 2007.  I have been working with couples, families, and individuals at community based mental health agencies and in private practice.  I ran the Crisis Response Team in South Central Los Angeles for over 3 years. I am certified in TF-CBT (Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and a MAP (Managing and Adapting Practices) certified therapist and Agency Supervisor.  My areas of interest include trauma, military families, and working with families and individuals suffering from a chronic illness or living with chronic pain.  I have been an arthritis advocate since 2005.  I have spoken at the Juvenile Arthritis National Conference in 2007 on the impact of a chronic illness on friends and families, at Cedars-Sinai for RA Talk to discuss a patient’s perspective, for Arthritis in PrimeTime in 2010 on dating and relationships with a chronic illness, in 2011 on communicating with your doctors, and 2012 on pregnancy and parenting.  I am also a Certified Military Family Life Counselor and provide on site brief therapy to unit debriefing for pre and post deployment military members and family.  In addition to working with the military I am also an active duty military spouse.  In addition to my private practice in California and Texas, I regularly provide training and workshops in California and am an adjunct faculty in the Psychology Department at College of the Mainland.

  • 19 Sep 2015 9:04 AM | Delee D'Arcy (Administrator)

    Ethics in Working with Male Clients

    • 16 Oct 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Bo's Place, 10050 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77054 (713) 942-8339
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    Ethics in Working with Male Clients

    Presented by Dr. Jonathan Schwartz

    The workshop will explore theories on the psychology of men, bullying, and violence. Examples  will be provided to place the theory into context. Ethical issues will be covered, along with vignettes of real cases. The intersectionality of gender with social class, race, international student status, sexuality, and other factors will be addressed as well.

    Dr. Jonathan Schwartz is the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Education at the University of Houston.  He was previously Associate Dean of Research and Department Head of the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department at the College of Education, at New Mexico State University.  He is the past president of Division 51, Psychology of Men and Masculinity of the American Psychological Association.   He is the past chair of the Division 17 Prevention Section and executive board member of the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs.  Dr. Schwartz has published in the area of men and masculinity, prevention, and intimate violence.  He was named in 2010 the fourth most productive scholar in the Psychology of Men and Masculinity and has had grants supporting his work.  Dr. Schwartz was awarded the 2008 Researcher of the Year Award from Division 51 (Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity) of the American Psychological Association and received the 2011 Fritz and Linn Kuder Early Career Scientist/Practitioner Award from the American Psychologist Association Division of Counseling Psychology.  Dr. Schwartz was recently named a Fellow of Division 17, Society of Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association.

  • 11 Sep 2015 12:58 PM | Delee D'Arcy (Administrator)

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  • 20 Jul 2015 4:52 PM | Delee D'Arcy (Administrator)

    Infidelity: A Multi-Dimensional Perspective

    Presented By:  

    Robert Hochschild, Ph.D., Sarah Pollack, Ph.D., and Lee Winderman, Ph.D. 

    Infidelity is one of the most frequently encountered and clinically difficult issues in couple's therapy.  This workshop will address the various types and descriptions of infidelity, working with the crisis triggered by the infidelity, dealing with the environmental and contextual factors that may have contributed to the infidelity, and steps toward rebuilding or ending the relationship.  Three experienced MFT's will share their perspectives, process, and experiences of working with couples during this traumatic experience.

    Robert Hochschild, Ph.D. is in private practice with the Houston Family Institute and an Adjunct Faculty of the University of Houston Clear Lake Marriage and Family Therapy Program.  Prior to going into private he was the founder and Director of the Family Therapy Program at the Michael E. Debakey Veterans Administration Center in Houston.  Rob is licensed as a Psychologist and a Marriage and Family Therapist.  He has been Past President of HAMFT, a Board Member of TAMFT, and Ethics Chair for HPA and HAMFT, and has consulted to the VA, Baylor College of Medicine, and various community organizations.  Special interests include couples and family therapy, adult individual therapy, and training and consultation. His wife, two daughters, sons-in-law, and five delightful grandchildren provide him life training and humility on a daily basis.

    Sarah Pollack, Ph.D. Is a marriage and family therapist in private practice at Houston Family Institute.  Dr. Pollack has participated in training psychology interns and psychiatric residents with the Family Therapy Program at the Veteran's Administrative Medical Center and taught in the Department of Human Science and Humanities at the University of Houston at Clear Lake.  Currently she facilitates a group of interns for Perkin's Theological Seminary at Southern Methodist University and works with residents in the Chaplaincy Education Program at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital.  She is a clinical member of AAMFT and has been on the boards of HAMFT and TAMFT.  She has a special interest in working with children, adolescents and families dealing with divorce/remarriage, chronic illness, developmental delay, ADDH, cancer and loss of a family member.

    Lee Winderman Ph.D. has been practicing family therapy and family psychology for 35 years. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. He first came to Texas to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston where he first met and was supervised by George Pulliam, Harry Goolishian, Harlene Anderson and Paul Dell. He then was one of the two first postdoctoral fellows at the Galveston Family Institute (now HGI) where he first met Leslye Mize (and his wife Barbara). He later was Associate Director of the Institute. During his term as president of the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy from 1991-1993 MFT’s in Texas achieved licensure. Lee has co-authored several chapters and articles on family therapy with Harry Goolishian, Harlene Anderson and George Pulliam. He has presented at local state and national conferences 2 million times.

  • 06 May 2015 1:22 PM | Delee D'Arcy (Administrator)

    Well Done! HB3995 is Moving Forward.


    To all Texans:

    Great news, I just received a call from Rep. Romero who advises that Chairwoman Crownover told him that the House Public Health Committee voted HB 3995 favorably from committee on a vote of 9-0!!  We have been advised that once the bill gets reported out of committee, HB 3995 will go to the Local Calendars Committee for floor action.  To get this result so quickly, is surely a testament to the groundwork of our author, Rep. Romero, our discipline on witness testimony, and the huge volume of support delivered by the TAMFT, TCA and other groups and individuals weighing in!!   A special thanks to those who called and emailed in support of HB 3995 as we were told that over 1000 calls were made in support of HB3995. An even bigger expression of gratitude is due to Rep. Romero’s strong commitment and hard work since the bill was voted out of the House Public Health Committee on the same day it was heard, which is incredible!!   With only 27 full days remaining in the state’s regular legislative session, there is just one week left before some very real procedural deadlines begin to thwart passage of many stand-alone bills.  We are fortunate that we have a favorable vote on HB 3995, but the time-lines are going to very tight. Today’s vote on HB 3995 goes a long way to meeting that deadline, giving ourselves a good chance to be legislatively succeed. In this political process there are times for a large showing and times for a more subtle approach. For the moment we need to hold off on making calls but we will be reaching out at the opportune time in the near future and will need as strong an outreach as we have had thus far. We are making ground and are making a strong showing in support of all mental health providers across Texas.  You can begin to prepare by learning who your Representatives are.  Reaching out to your particular Representative as a constituent will carry more weight. You can also line up family and friends to prepare as well.  Remember that you do  not need to be a mental health professional in order to weigh in on this important piece of legislature.  If you are a Texas citizen your voice will count when the time comes to make the calls.

    Be proud of our progress and success.  Hold tight as we navigate the political process and be prepared to take action when the time comes. While we still have a ways to go we are headed in a good direction.

    WELL DONE!!!


    Peter D. Bradley, PhD, LMFT, LPC
    President – Texas Association for Marriage & Family Therapy

  • 24 Apr 2015 1:27 PM | Delee D'Arcy (Administrator)


    Shana D. Lewis, LPC-S, NCC

    Sally Eisen Miller

    Aisha Ussery

    Domestic violence has made the rounds in social media as if it were a new phenomenon.  A universal fact is that it has existed ever since families have roamed the earth.  Research shows that after completing a therapeutic program, mentoring helps to sustain the gains made.  


    This workshop will be both experiential and didactic.  We will look at the symptom of domestic violence in one family from a systemic perspective.  A new program of mentorship will be presented, and participants will hear from a talented young woman and how she uses her traumatic experience in a creative way to bring awareness to others.


    Shana D. Lewis, LPC-S, NCC is the owner and clinical director of Living Well Professional Counseling Services, PLLC, a private practice counseling agency in Bellaire, TX. Additionally, she is a faculty member at the University of Phoenix, a Doctoral Candidate at Sam Houston State University in the Counselor Education department and the Executive Director/Founder of Her VOICE, a 501c3 organization dedicated to empowering survivors of domestic violence through mentorship and education.


    Mrs. Lewis is a state approved CEU provider and trains mental health practitioners on a variety of topics including ethics, depression, CBT, and supervision. With over 13 years of experience working in the mental health field serving adult, child, and adolescent clients in schools, day programs, inpatient hospitals, outpatient community mental health facilities and church organizations, Shana's specialty has evolved into addressing women's issues including depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationship problems, trauma, intimate partner violence and stress. 


    Sally Eisen Miller, Board member and president of HAMFT in 2012, has had a diversity of experience in her over 40 year career.  She began as Executive Director of the Women’s Home, transforming the place into a home of rehabilitation.  She has worked at DePelchin in adoptions and foster care; as program director of a drug and alcohol program at a military base; assistant chief of social work, Texas Children’s Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic; and director of professional services at Jewish Family Service, to name a few.  She has been in private practice since 1978.  

    A graduate of Our Lady of the Lake with an MSW, she received her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy at Texas Woman’s University.  Post graduate training was done at The Georgetown (Bowen) Family Center with Murray Bowen.  She is a charter member of the American Family Therapy Academy where she originated the Interest Group:  Murray Bowen:  The Man and the Theory.

    Aisha Ussery is a choreographer, musician, playwright, director and educator.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a minor in dance and interdisciplinary studies from the University of Houston. She obtained a Post-baccalaureate in Education from LeTourneau University.  She has taught at Walter Sisulu University in South Africa and has published curriculum with Houston Teachers Institute.


    Aisha was named Alexander Hamilton’s Teacher of the Year (2006), received the Upton Sinclair Award that recognizes American educators influencing youth around the world (2008) and was inducted into the Willowridge Wall of Honor (2013).


    Aisha has performed in or choreographed Once on this Island, Little Shop of Horrors, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Dancin’ in The Street, Two Trains Running, Parade and many others.  She played “B Angie B” and an MC Hammer dancer in Vh1's: 2 Legit: The MC Hammer Story. Aisha has performed with Delfeayo Marsalis, Hubert Laws, Brian Courtney Wilson, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child and others.

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