Personal Message from Jessica Baudoin, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC
Welcome to the official website of the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (LAMFT)! As a professional organization, our purpose is to advocate for the interests, activities, and values of marriage and family therapists in the state of Louisiana.
For the past few years, the Board of Directors has worked hard to ensure that marriage and family therapy remains an option for individuals, couples, and families in our state. We continue to do this work and represent our membership by staying abreast of legislative issues and educating our legislators about the importance of our discipline. The Board members remain committed to protect our profession. Louisiana’s division goals continue to be twofold: 1) to increase awareness about the usefulness of marriage and family therapy and 2) to educate the public on the differences and similarities between counseling, psychology, psychiatry, and marriage and family therapy. Our strategy has been to build and strengthen relationships with others across disciplines in this state and the nation, while concurrently stepping back to observe the context of mental health in its entirety.
The Board members put forth great effort in planning educational opportunities, especially a meaningful, annual state conference. I’ve often heard participants state that they feel as though they return “home” when they come to the conference. At least once per year, we gather, as if for a family reunion. Be sure to make plans to attend the annual conference to make lasting friendships and receive CEU credits through informative presenters.
I encourage you to like our Facebook page in order to network through social media. Bookmark our website for quick access to updated information such as legislative issues, workshop and conference news, and volunteer opportunities.
I encourage current LAMFT members to become involved in some way, whether taking a position on the Board, volunteering for a committee, or attending the state conference. Membership is your direct, year-round connection to fellow therapists and others interested in the field. If you are not already, we invite you to become a member, and we welcome your active participation!
It is an honor to serve you,
Jessica B. Baudoin, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC