Welcome to Behind the Scenes.” This monthly, online column provides members with a backstage pass to see what CAMFT is doing to serve our members and how we are working to ensure that the interests of LMFTs and MFT Interns and Trainees are being served.

February 2015

  • CAMFT Board and Staff participated in 11 meetings with MFT Leadership Collaborative, Irregulars, Peace Officer Training Workgroup, BBS, California Psychological Association, Department of Managed Health Care Timely Access Stakeholders, US Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Burrell, and Consortiums in Inland Empire, Sacramento, Central Valley, and San Diego. It is critical for CAMFT to have a place at the table with other mental health professionals and regulatory bodies. These meetings will always be a high priority.

  • CAMFT Legal Staff responded to 1773 calls from members with questions on legal, ethical and licensure issues. Access to this expert, legal guidance is one of the most beneficial and popular member benefits.

  • Over 16,665 people visited the CounselingCalifornia.com website with 14,085 of those being unique visitors. There were hits to 3,974 different therapist profiles and 31,904 total page views. The CounselingCalifornia.com marketing tool is available to all members for the purpose of promoting services to the public. Create your profile now.

  • CAMFT staff submitted advocacy letters to:

    • CA Assemblymember Jay Obernolte in support of Telehealth: marriage and family therapist interns and trainees (AB 250);
    • Kim Madsen, Executive Director, BBS, to open the discussion about MFT Applicants’ ability to count supervision hours toward licensure;
    • Jennifer Kent, Director of the Department of Health Care Services requesting Medi-Cal provider manuals with rates information be made available;
    • County Behavioral Health Care facilities in California reminding facility directors that MFT Registered Interns have been added to the list of psychotherapy service providers for Medi-Cal.

CAMFT consistently interacts with key legislators, agencies and other organizations to reinforce how proposed legislation may be beneficial or harmful to LMFTs and MFT Interns and Trainees. Advocacy is a cornerstone of CAMFT’s commitment to members.

  • CAMFT Staff and lobbyists attended 18 fundraisers and receptions for US Representatives Scott Peters, Jared Huffman, John Boehner, Mark DeSaulnier, and Julia Brownley; State Senators Patricia Bates, Jim Beall, Hannah-Beth Jackson, and Richard Roth; and State Assemblymembers Travis Allen, Rob Banta, Tom Daly, Eduardo Garcia, Jacqui Irwin, Melissa Melendez, Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr., Jay Obernolte, and Das Williams. CAMFT consistently interacts with key legislators to reinforce how proposed legislation may be beneficial or harmful to LMFTs and MFT Interns and Trainees. Advocacy is a cornerstone of CAMFT’s commitment to members. The goal of the CAMFT PAC is to ensure that Marriage and Family Therapist-friendly candidates and incumbents from both political parties get elected to the California legislature. We support candidates who have demonstrated an understanding and willingness to fight for the issues most important to Marriage and Family Therapists. Click here to donate to the CAMFT PAC!

  • CAMFT Staff made 2 Law & Ethics presentations: Redland Empire and Inland Empire Chapters. The law and ethics seminar is a valuable training tool that gets consistently positive response from MFTs and other participants.

  • CAMFT Board and Staff participated in Orange County Chapter’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. Chapter meetings are a prime opportunity for CAMFT leadership and staff to hear directly from members and exchange ideas for serving members. Click here to connect with your local chapter.

  • The CAMFT Crisis Response Education and Resource, 2016 Annual Conference and Continuing Education, Public Outreach, and Ethics Committees, Finance Subcommittee, CAMFT Connects Task Force, and Educational Foundation met. If you are interested in serving on a Committee in 2015-2016, please send a cover letter indicating the committee in which you are interested along with your resume to CAMFT at 7901 Raytheon Road, San Diego, CA 92111. Committee appointments are made by the President of the Board of Directors. Click here for a list of Committees.

  • The CAMFT Chapter Leadership Conference was held on February 20 & 21, 2014 in Costa Mesa, CA. There were over 100 chapter volunteers in attendance representing 26 of the 28 active chapters of CAMFT. Photographs of the CLC can be viewed on CAMFT’s Facebook page. The Chapter Leadership Conference is hosted each year by CAMFT to provide education and networking opportunities to individuals volunteering within local CAMFT chapters.

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