Vote Results Held March 28-April 28, 2018
This decision has been a tedious one with much conversation with AAMFT, the MAMFT board, and members of MAMFT over the past two years. The advantages, disadvantages, and impacts have been weighed heavily in regards to forming a Special Interest Group vs ending the relationship between AAMFT and MAMFT. At this time, continuing to exist in the state of Mississippi as a non-profit organization is what the MAMFT members think is best suited to meet the needs of the organization.
The vote was held in accordance with the bylaws. An overwhelming 94% of the votes casted by MAMFT members were in favor of the new bylaws which terminates the relationship with AAMFT; 6% of the votes casted by MAMFT members were opposed to the new bylaws and wanted to continue with a Special Interest Group.
We will continue a positive and supportive relationship with AAMFT’s Family TEAM in Mississippi. We will continue to have members that will need to remain part of AAMFT to meet their individual needs such as AAMFT Supervisors. However, with this new structure of MAMFT, our membership options have expanded to include all LMFT’s in the State of Mississippi regardless of their membership with AAMFT.
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Dr. Shelstone Wallace Carr
Dr. Shelstone Wallace Carr, 97, passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Dr. Carr accomplished much in his life but we wish to acknowledge his contributions to the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) profession. In addition to being a Presbyterian minister, Dr. Carr was a professor at the Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi where he taught courses in Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Carr helped found the Mississippi Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, serving as its first treasurer and then as president for the association. He worked tirelessly to advance the profession and to secure licensure for family therapists. Dr. Carr spent many hours at the Mississippi State Capitol educating legislators on the need to have Marriage and Family Therapists as licensed mental health professionals. He advocated for MFT’s throughout the state with insurance regulators, mental health centers, and hospitals. Those of us who were privileged to know Wallace benefited from his knowledge, service, mentorship, wisdom, humor, and friendship. He will be missed.