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.

January, 2017


CAMFT Staff participated in 3 meetings with Department of Health Care Services Children’s Health Advisory Panel, California Coalition for Mental Health, and the Orange County MFT Consortium. 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 over 1,990 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 5,990 people visited the CounselingCalifornia.com website with 4,774 of those being unique visitors. There were hits to 2,830 different therapist profiles and 18,358 total page views. The newly re-designed CounselingCalifornia.com marketing tool is available to all members for the purpose of promoting services to the public. Create your profile now.

CAMFT Staff engaged over 500 members in a grassroots campaign urging US Representatives and US Senators Feinstein and Harris to continue the Veterans Choice Program that provides mental health care for eligible veterans. Grassroots campaigns are an effective advocacy tool for legislators and government officials to hear directly from CAMFT members on a specific issue.

CAMFT Staff submitted 3 advocacy letters to:

    • US Representatives from California, US Representative Paul Ryan, and US Senator Mitch McConnell, urging them not to repeal the Affordable Care Act without concurrently replacing it with a viable alternative
    • US Representative Ken Calvert, sharing a member’s personal story and urging the Congressman not to repeal the Affordable Care Act without concurrently replacing it with a viable alternative
    • US Representative Paul Cook, sharing a member’s personal story and urging the Congressman not to repeal the Affordable Care Act without concurrently replacing it with a viable alternative

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

CAMFT Board participated in 4 Chapter meetings: Long Beach/South Bay, Los Angeles, Orange County, and Redwood Empire. CAMFT Staff made presentations at 3 Chapter meetings: Orange County, San Diego, and San Diego North County. 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.

CAMFT Staff presented Law and Ethics seminars at 3 Chapters and 1 agency: Marin County, Redwood Empire, Sierra Foothills, and Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara. The law and ethics seminar is a valuable training tool that gets consistently positive response from MFTs and other participants.

The CAMFT Audit and Legislative Committees met. If you are interested in serving on a Committee, please contact aredd@camft.org. Committee appointments are made by the President of the Board of Directors. Click here for a list of Committees.

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