THREE PATHS FORWARD

As you may or may not know, AAMFT is holding a second bylaws vote this summer to restructure ​divisions. Although ​MAD was able to mobilize a strong ​"​NO​"​ ​restructuring ​vote the first time, this ​summer's ​vote is expected to pass.​ We hope you take a look at the information sheet​ ​AAMFT has created about the upcoming bylaws vote (link on our homepage, www.madmft.org)

​​As MAD members, we must make crucial decisions about the future of our division and how to represent and organize as MFTs in Maryland, DC, and Delaware.​ Thank you for participating in this survey and making your opinions known!

* 1. Option 1: DISSOLVE: 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 interest networks​. 

“A division may ultimately choose to dissolve for any number of reasons—low engagement numbers, a geographic area that doesn’t ultimately make sense, or a desire to focus solely on advancing advocacy agendas and licensure protection through the Family TEAM. Dissolving the division means that any reserve funds will be used to cover existing expenses and the remainder will be earmarked for advocacy efforts exclusively within the state or province.” (language directly from AAMFT)

To what extent do you prefer our division choose option 1: DISSOLVE

Strongly Against - This is not a good option for the future. No preference
i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

* 2. Option 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.

“…Members organized around specific interests and networking opportunities, providing collaboration with those sharing similar challenges and opportunities. As these groups mature, they can offer benefits such as subject-specific newsletters, access to specific library/resource information, discounts on educational opportunities that are within the interest network’s scope, as well as leadership and volunteer opportunities. Interest networks will position AAMFT to capitalize on membership skills, knowledge, and experience thereby advancing the practice and profession of MFT…The activities of the interest network should help AAMFT become more relevant to consumers, policy makers, agencies, and members. Importantly, interest networks should reflect member needs.” (language directly from AAMFT)

To what extent do you prefer our division choose option 2: INTEREST NETWORK

Strongly Against - This is not a good option for the future. No preference
i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

* 3. Option 3: INDEPENDENT AFFILIATE: 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 affiliation is an option for those divisions that are in an extremely strong position…Affiliate advocacy efforts should be conducted in conjunction with the Family TEAM to ensure a consistent and strong MFT voice. Independent affiliates can only be geographic in nature and should focus on networking and advocacy first and foremost.” (language directly from AAMFT)

To what extent do you prefer our division choose option 3: INDEPENDENT AFFILIATE

Strongly Against - This is not a good option for the future. No preference
i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

* 4. Of the choices for the future, please rank them in order from most preferred to least preferred choice:

* 5. If our division was to dissolve (option 1), to what degree would you miss the current benefits your membership in MAD provides?

  Wouldn't miss it 2 Neutral 4 Miss it very much
e-Newsletter and e-Blasts
Private Practice Conference
Annual Conference with National Presenter
Networking
Mentoring
Website and Social Media
Lunch & Learns (Free CEU events)
Advocacy efforts

* 6. If our division was to become an interest network (option 2), what topic/interest area(s) would you be interested in offering to members? (e.g., geographic location, subject-specific)

* 7. If our division was to become an interest network (option 2), how committed are you personally to participating in its formation and continued success?

* 8. If our division was to become an interest network (option 2), how much would you be willing to pay in annual dues for the benefits identified (e.g., subject-specific newsletters, access to resource information, leadership/volunteer opportunities, online networking)?

* 9. General Comments: What would you like the MAD Board to know about what is important to you about the future of any organization?

* 10. If you would like to be contacted by a MAD Board Member about the upcoming AAMFT restructuring vote, the three options for the future of our division, or to share more of your opinions, please leave your contact information below. 

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