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Message From Aamft Board Of Directors Regarding Call To Change

  1. 1. Wednesday, May 27, 2009 10:03 PM If you have difficulty viewing this message, please click here. !quot;#$%&'()*%++,-%)./01)22*34)50,/6)0.)78/%&'0/+)/%-,/689-):,;;)40):<,9-%) 7,'%()!quot;#$quot;%#&'()*&')+,()+--.)/0/,)1* 3/01()quot;2quot;34&&56789:; 40()<66=3quot;)+--/)>quot;%7)?:=@quot;)A%quot;:);9$B&C98D&3=;&CEFquot;4E5D8quot;#E :09=%/+,'809()*quot;%%&;quot;)6:95)GG*H>)I9&:#)96)?=:quot;379:%):quot;;&:#=$;)J&CC)>9)JK&$;quot;) May 27, 2009 Dear Gonzalo M. Bacigalupe: The AAMFT Board of Directors appreciates your concern for the future of the MFT Profession and the well being of the Association. We share with you the goal that AAMFT be well positioned to carry its stewardship for the profession forward, and that MFTs be well known and well respected as practitioners. Nothing is more important to us as individuals, or to us as an organization, than our profession continuing to advance and our organization remaining healthy. We met as a Board on May 21-22 to discuss several issues. At the time of our meeting, we also reviewed the letter entitled quot;Call to Action,quot; or quot;Call to Change,quot; of which you were listed as a signatory. We share with you the recognition that there is a need for change to address the emerging issues that face the organization and the profession. As a Board, we have focused for well over a year on creating a process to consider our future direction. This focus has led us to our current process of strategic planning—a process that began in mid-2008, and we anticipate will take into 2010 to complete- as we gather broad input and data from both within and around our organization. As part of that process, we will be gathering a diverse cross section of AAMFT members in July to begin identifying possible desired futures that we might consider. As we identify these possibilities, we expect that members will have opportunity to provide input and thoughts about the implications of those possible futures, to determine which direction and options are most desired. There are also characteristics of our organization that we believe are important to preserve and maintain, regardless of which future we might envision for the profession. Among others, these include the following: 1 of 3 Page
  2. 2. envision for the profession. Among others, these include the following: 1. A respectful and professional environment The AAMFT Board of Directors is committed to dialogue, and we recognize that it is our responsibility, as the group elected by the membership of the organization, to establish the ground and context in which dialogue occurs. It is our responsibility to do this to ensure that all voices are heard, and that no subset of members is able to gain privilege in a way that is disrespectful of others or other parts of the organization. 2. The integrity of the AAMFT governance process While we respect the questions that some members may have about the Board's working process and how it delegates authority and responsibility to staff, it is the Board's responsibility to manage itself in its role and to oversee the staff of the organization. We do not believe that our process is broken, or that our ability to govern is impinged upon because of our policies and processes, or because of our staff and the working relationship we have with staff. 3. A process and protocol in the organization that is understandable to the members and managed in an orderly and fair manner As an organization of 24,000 members, we as a Board need to listen to all voices in an orderly and fair manner. Our goal is to hear from all members, and we commit ourselves to ensuring that there are mechanisms and processes that allow dialogue to occur. We say this in no way to minimize anyone's voice or anyone's concerns. As we stated earlier, we agree with the fact that our organization must be nimble and make changes and adjustments to face an uncertain and, to some extent, unknown future professional environment. We are committed, with you as divisional leaders, to considering what we might face as an organization and profession, and how we can best respond to the challenges—and opportunities—that we face. We believe that change can come to the AAMFT central organization in the same way that changes come to the federal government—through following existing laws and policies. It is incumbent on us as fiduciary agents of AAMFT to ensure due process and fairness in any change process. Our policies allow for changes to the policies themselves in an ordered manner. 4. The functioning capability and integrity of our staff We recognize and own our responsibility to manage and direct the staff through the Executive Director. We believe the Board has, across time, taken that responsibility seriously and exercised it with due diligence. While we respect that some may have different opinions about the Page 2 of 3
  3. 3. While we respect that some may have different opinions about the Executive Director, we have confidence in our staff operation, and we have no intention, based on our own evaluation as fiduciary agents for the organization, in forcing change at the leadership level of our staff. We will continue to evaluate our staff consistent with Board policies and directives, and we expect that both the Executive Director and we will continue to work in the best interests of the organization. Within those conditions, we welcome dialogue, debate, and consideration of the future in the context of current policies. Our work together, and what unites us, is too important and too great to be diminished by differences or disagreements that we might have. We invite you to join with us in building our profession and our organization for the long-term future together, and we look forward to your input as divisional leaders through this current strategic planning process as well as in the future. Sincerely, The AAMFT Board of Directors 112 South Alfred St., Alexandria, VA 22314 • Phone 703.838.9808 • Fax 703.838.9805 • www.aamft.org quot;The AAMFT does not sell or rent your e -mail address to third parties. You received this email due to your membership, participation, or interest in the AAMFT. If you would like to be removed from future e -mails regarding the AAMFT's programs or services, click here . By clicking this link, you will no longer receive any e -mails from the AAMFT including dues notices, event registration and course information, advocacy updates, membership information, etc.quot; To ensure delivery of AAMFT messages, please add memberservice@aamft.org to your email address book. If you are still having problems receiving our emails, see our whitelisting page for more details: http://www.commpartners.com/website/white -listing.htm 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 Page 3 of 3

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