LAMFT History

Below is a history of LAMFT Presidents, Annual Conference Locations, Featured Presenters and Themes, as well as Awards Recipients. Some of the 70’s and 80’s history is currently unknown and/or may not be factual, due to a lack of consistent written documentation (much of the history has been developed from pulling together of information provided narratively from the memories of Past Presidents). If any LAMFT member knows of any missing history, please contact Dr. Kelly Tyner at ktyner@lamft.org . Thank you.

1976 ~ President: John Shalett
1977 ~ President: John Shalett
1978 ~ President: Walt Erhardt
1979 ~ President: Walt Erhardt
1980 ~ President: Stanley Watson
1981 ~ President: Stanley Watson
1982 ~ President: Unknown
1983 ~ President: Unknown
1984 ~ President: Doug Ezell
1985 ~ President: Doug Ezell
1986 ~ President: George Hay
1987 ~ President: George Hay
Featured Presenter: Bob Beavers
1988 ~ President: W. Harper Gaushell
Featured Presenter: Fred Piercy
1989 ~ President: W. Harper Gaushell
Featured Presenter: George Hay
Conference Location: Alexandria
1990 ~ President: Brian S. Canfield
1991 ~ President: Brian S. Canfield
Featured Presenter: Salvador Minuchin
Conference Location: New Orleans
Conference Theme: Structural Family Therapy
1992 ~ President: Wendel A. Ray
Featured Presenters: Bradford Keeney, Gianfranco Cecchin, Gerry Lane, and Wendel A. Ray
Conference Theme: Resource Focused Therapy and Systemic Therapy
1993 ~ President: Wendel A. Ray
Featured Presenters: John Weakland, Richard “Dick” Fisch, Carol Wilder-Mott, Janet Beavin-Bavelas, Steve de Shazer, Insoo Kim Berg, Gerry Lane, and Wendel A. Ray
Conference Theme: Honoring John Weakland
1994 ~ President: Phil W. Henry
Featured Presenter: Carl Whitaker
1995 ~ President: Phil W. Henry
Featured Presenter: Paul Watzlawick
1996 ~ President: John Shalett
~ No conference ~
1997 ~ President: John Shalett
Featured Presenter: Howard Turney
Conference Location: New Orleans
1998 ~ President: John Shalett
Featured Presenters: Ray Bardill and Mike Bowers
Conference Location: New Orleans
1999 ~ President: Carol Kacer
Featured Presenter: Dorothy Becvar
Conference Location: Monroe
Conference Theme: Spirituality and Grief Issues in MFT
2000 ~ President: Carol Kacer
Featured Presenters: Lynn Pearlmutter and Tim Dwyer
Conference Location: New Orleans
Conference Theme: Family Therapy: In the Mainstream or at the Margins?
2001 ~ President: Lane Brigham
Featured Presenter: Wade Luquet
Conference Location: Tulane University
Conference Theme: The Future of Marriage
2002 ~ President: Lane Brigham
Featured Presenters: Joseph B. Eron and Thomas W. Lund
Conference Location: Monroe
Conference Theme: Bringing out the Best in Families
2003 ~ President: Tim Dwyer
Featured Presenter: Scott Miller
Conference Location: Sheraton Convention Center, Baton Rouge
Conference Theme: What Works in Family Therapy?

2004 ~ President: Tim Dwyer
Featured Presenters: Froma Walsh and Shobbia Pais
Conference Location: Sheraton Convention Center, Baton Rouge
Conference Theme: Bouncing Forward: Family Therapy and Family Resilience in an Age of Uncertainty

Family Friendly Award: Senator Mary Landrieu and Representative Carla Dartez
Outstanding Member of the Year: Joanna Marx
Outstanding Student Member: Sue McCann

2005 ~ President: Tim Dwyer
Featured Presenters: Lynn Hoffman, Bradford Keeney, Peggy Papp, Karl Tomm, Wendel A. Ray, Michael Chafin, Frank Thomas, and Shobba Pais
Conference Location: Sheraton Convention Center, Baton Rouge
Conference Theme: Kitchen Table Wisdom: Conversations and Reflections on Family Therapy

Excellence in MFT Education Award: R. Lamar Woodham, Ed.D.

2006 ~ President: Annie Forsyth
Featured Presenters: Howard Liddle, Charles Figley, James Barbee, and Frank Thomas
Conference Location: Sheraton Convention Center, Baton Rouge
Conference Theme: Essentials in Family Therapy: The Heart and Soul in Systemic Practice

Family Friendly Award: Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu
First LAMFT Special Meritorious Award: J. Kelly Barnett, Ph.D
Excellence in MFT Education Award: Wendel A. Ray, Ph.D.
Lifetime of Distinguished Service Award: Dr. Judy Miranti and Dr. George Hay

2007 ~ President: Annie Forsyth
Featured Presenters: Craig Everett, Sandra Volgy Everett, Douglas Flemons, Shelley Green, Frank Thomas, and Michael Chafin
Conference Location: Hilton Capitol Center, Baton Rouge
Conference Theme: Family Therapy: The Evolution Continues

Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award: Charles and Anna Cole
Distinguished Educator Award: Tom Moore
Family Advocacy Award: Doug Brinkley and Cindy Murray
Meritorious Service Award: Jill Peyton
Outstanding Student of the Year Award: Courtney Putnam
Volunteer of the Year Award: Davelynn Melito

2008 ~ President: Annie Forsyth
Featured Presenters: Cloe Madanes, Dorothy Becvar, and Ray Becvar
Conference Location: Hilton Capitol Center, Baton Rouge
Conference Theme: Being Systemic in a Predominantly Linear World

Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award: Bradford P. Keeney, Ph.D.
Distinguished Educator Award: Lane Brigham, Ph.D.
Family Advocacy Award: Judge Sharon Ingram Marchman
Meritorious Service Award: Tony Melito
Outstanding Student of the Year Award: Bethany Snavely Simmons

2009 ~ President: Jana P. Sutton
Featured Presenters: Wendel A. Ray, Bradford P. Keeney, Nora Bateson, and Michael Kerr
Conference Location: Hilton Capitol Center, Baton Rouge
Conference Theme: A Systems Approach: Circles of Influence

Family Advocacy Awards: Rep. Page Cortez, Sen. Eric LaFleur, Sen. Mike Michot, and Rep. Joel C. Robideaux

2010 ~ President: Jana P. Sutton
Featured Presenters: Bradford P. Keeney and Michele Weiner-Davis
Conference Location: Hilton Capitol Center, Baton Rouge
Conference Theme: Systemic Therapy: What Makes a Clinical Difference?

Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award: Frank Thomas, Ph.D.
Distinguished Educator Award: George Hay, D.Min.
Family Advocacy Award: David Legendre, Ph.D.
Meritorious Service Award: Tim Dwyer, Ph.D.
Outstanding Student of the Year Award: Jessica Broussard Baudoin, M.A.
Volunteer of the Year Award: Judy Parish

2011 ~ President: Scott Shelby
Featured Presenters: Betty Alice Erikson, Lewis Moore and Tom Moore
Conference Location: Hilton Capitol Center, Baton Rouge
Conference Theme: Hypnosis, Personal Growth, and Spirituality in Family Therapy

Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award: Lewis Moore, Ph.D.
Family Friendly Award: Tom Moore, MA, M.MFT.
Family Friendly Award: State Representative Charmaine Marchand Stiaes

2012 ~ President: Scott Shelby
Featured Presenters: Bill O’Hanlon, Scott Miller and Frank Thomas
Conference Location: Hilton Riverside, New Orleans
Conference Theme: Hope, Success and Solutions in Marriage and Family Therapy

Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award: Brian Canfield, Ed.D.

2013 ~ President: Jessica Baudoin
Featured Presenters: Frank Thomas
Conference Location: Renaissance Baton Rouge
Conference Theme: Home Sweet Home: The State of MFT in Louisiana

Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award: Wm. Eddie Parish, Jr., Ph.D.