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April 17, 2008

Sutton and Jardine-Randel attend AAMFT national training conference

Dr. Jana Sutton, ULM Marriage and Family Therapy professor and president-elect of the Louisiana Marriage and Family Therapy Association, attended a national training conference for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists in Washington this month.

She was accompanied by Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Student Representative and incoming ULM Ph.D. student Robyn Jardine-Randel of West Monroe. The two met with legislative assistants from both Sen. David Vitter’s and Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office as well as with a legislative aide to Rep. Charlie Melancon (La-D).

Sutton and Jardine-Randel went to Capitol Hill to lobby on behalf of the AAMFT and its professional membership of Marriage and Family Therapists. Additionally, the two participated in the training effort, designed to more adequately prepare divisional leaders in conference planning, improving communication among members, and administrative tasks such as budgeting and staffing.

Sutton commented on the conference. “Meeting with the national board of directors for the AAMFT and other divisional leaders was a great experience.”

Jarine-Randel stated that there is a myriad of pending legislation that will be of weighty significance to the profession of Marriage and Family Therapists in the near future.

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