Welcome to the Middle Atlantic Division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Our mission is to promote and advance the profession and practice of marriage and family therapy in Delaware, the District of Columbia and Maryland, as well as to support the individuals, couples, and families with whom we work. This site is a resource for both members and the public, and will provide you with information on Division Events and resources.

Attention MAD-AAMFT Members!

Hello MFTs in Maryland, Delaware, and DC! I'm Dr. Emily Cook, your current MAD President...but I won't be for long...

​​AAMFT held a second bylaws vote this past summer that was voted in -- the new bylaws will dissolve all geographic divisions by early 2018.

​​As (almost former) MAD members, we must make crucial decisions about the future MFTs in Maryland, DC, and Delaware.​ How will we organize? How will we advocate for our license?

Here are three options for MAD​ given to us by AAMFT​:

1. DO NOTHING: The division will dissolve and all remaining funds will be used by the Family TEAM to support advocacy efforts in our state(s). Members are free to choose participation in offered topical interest networks (at an additional dues cost paid to AAMFT)​.

Dissolution Timeline (link to AAMFT Central Document)

2. INTEREST NETWORK: Transform the division, or parts of the division, into an interest network providing "engagement programs". Their primary activities will be doing much the current division does; however, it is not necessary to have geographic boundaries aligned with the state lines. This could include conferences and networking opportunities. State advocacy efforts will be coordinated by the Family TEAM. If geographic in nature, the area can be as small as a Metro Area or region like Middle Atlantic or as large as Northeast US, as long as it has a cohesive mission, minimum of 25 members, leadership (4 officers), a balanced budget, and relevancy per AAMFT guidelines. Interest networks will establish their own dues structure (paid by members on top of AAMFT dues, and membership in additional interest networks) and interest networks will be required to payback 25% to AAMFT (waived in the first year if launched in 2018). Any interested AAMFT member may join any interest group.

Existing Divisions to Interest Network Timeline (link to AAMFT Central Document)

Legislative Advocacy with Interest Networks (link to AAMFT Central Document)

Sample Interest Network Application (link to AAMFT Central Document)

3. INDEPENDENT AFFILIATE: (NOT AN OPTION FOR MAD, WE DO NOT QUALIFY) This would be the closest option to our current division structure and mission; think, "a franchise" of AAMFT. AAMFT will charge a 25% association management fee from the dues disbursement. The new "affiliate" organization will be required to follow strict accountability standards (minimum 350 members, operating reserves of 70%) and could be dissolved due to AAMFT determining they fall short. Affiliate dues would be paid on top of AAMFT dues and interest network dues, and would be restricted to members within the geographic area of the affiliate.

Independent Affiliate Timeline (link to AAMFT Central Document)

Legislative Advocacy with an Independent Affiliate (link to AAMFT Central Document)

Sample Independent Affiliate Application (link to AAMFT Central Document)

​MAD leadership needs to hear from all MFTs about what to do next.

We will be discussing the options (if quorum is reached, voting on them) at the LAST MAD annual conference, November 10, 2017. More information can be found on the Continuing Education page of this website.

Please attend! Please. Please attend.

The future of MFTs in Maryland, Deleware, and DC is truly at stake.


Emily Cook, PhD, LCMFT
President, Middle Atlantic Division of AAMFT