AAMFT President Chafinís Report on Board Activities
I hope all
of you are enjoying your Fall activities! It was great seeing many of you in Portland two weeks ago for a very
successful annual conference. I have
been attending this conference since 1986 and it is such a rich experience, as I
get to see so many friends and colleagues that I only see once a year.
Prior to the
conference, your Board of Directors met on July 15-16. Below I have provided a synopsis of the
agenda items with the associated action by the Board. Additionally, you can view my video report which highlights in greater detail several of the items.
Consent Agenda Items: The following items were reviewed
and approved unanimously: the July Board meeting minutes, Task Force and
Committee appointments, Elections Council year-end report and charge letter,
Performance evaluation policy changes, the Executive Director’s Policy
Monitoring report, and Employee Handbook changes.
Executive Committee Work Group Report: This work
group recommended that the AAMFT form an Executive Committee made up of the
President, President Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Board passed this recommendation.
Elections Council Policy Work Group: The Board
accepted the recommendations of this work group to strengthen the Elections
Council conflict of interest, code of conduct, and accountability
policies. The Board also passed a motion
that prevents anyone who is currently serving an elected position from being
placed on the ballot without first resigning from that position.
Ethics Committee Policy Task Force: The current
policy to defer ethics case investigations to state/provincial regulatory
boards has produced many unintended consequences. Therefore the Board
authorized the President to appoint a task force to look into this issue
further and make policy recommendations to the Board at a later date.
Finance Committee Report: The Board passed a motion to set aside $900,000.00 for research and development (reinvestment in AAMFT) in the pursuit of new products and services that meet the strategic objectives related to increasing AAMFT’s relevancy among members, nonmembers, and the public.
Board of Directors continues to be committed to transparency by routinely
communicating the results of our Board meetings in a timely manner and we
appreciate your interest in following these activities by reading these
reports. Remember you can always check the status of Board, financial, and scorecard information at www.aamft.org/management. Thank you!