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.

June 2015

CAMFT Staff participated in 6 meetings with Department of Veteran Affairs, BBS, AAMFT, CA Psychological Association, and Consortiums in LA and Central Coast.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 1939 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 17,226 people visited the CounselingCalifornia.com website with 14,204 of those being unique visitors. There were hits to 4,960 different therapist profiles and 37,256 total page views. The CounselingCalifornia.com marketing tool is available to all clinical, associate and life members for the purpose of promoting services to the public. The CounselingCalifornia.com marketing tool is available to all members for the purpose of promoting services to the public.

CAMFT submitted advocacy letters to:

  • State Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee urging Committee members to vote AYE on AB 250, clarifying that MFT interns and trainees may provide telehealth services under licensed supervision
  • Governor Brown requesting he sign AB 250
  • State Senate Health Committee urging Committee members to vote AYE on AB 858 to allow same-day billing at Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics
  • State Senator Patricia Bates regarding concerns about possible negative consequences to MFTs and MFT interns in the Behavioral Analysis Licensing bill (SB 479)
  • State Senator Lois Wolk in support of the End of Life Option Act (SB 128)
  • State Senator Mark Leno regarding CAMFT’s continuing concerns about the peer and family support specialist certification legislation (SB 614)
  • Assemblyman Chris Holden opposing AB 1279 unless the bill is amended so MFTs who are qualified for music therapy jobs are not excluded

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 testified before the Senate regarding AB 858 to allow same-day billing at Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics, and met with 5 Congressional Staff from offices of US Representatives Scott Peters, Sam Farr, Mike Thompson, Chris Gibson, and Jerry McNerney. 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 lobbyists attended 8 receptions for US Representatives Alan Lowenthal, Raul Ruiz, and Jared Huffman, and State Assemblymembers Jim Cooper, Tom Lackey, Jose Medina, Tony Thurmond, and Marie Waldron. 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 coordinated 1 press release “California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Issues Statement in Full Support of Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage”, and 1 article in STYLE Magazine. Articles and television interviews by or featuring LMFTs educate potential clients about the services and scope of knowledge of LMFTs.

CAMFT Staff and Board members participated in 2 chapter meetings, Orange County and Redwood Empire, and made presentations for 3 chapters, San Fernando Valley, Palm Springs, and Desert. 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 1 webinar to Chicago School of Psychology. Presentations to schools are an effective way to engage the next generation of CAMFT members.

The CAMFT Public Outreach, Elections, and Continuing Education Provider Approval Committees met. If you are interested in serving on a Committee, please send a cover letter indicating the committee in which you are interested along with your resume to aredd@camft.org. Committee appointments are made by the President of the Board of Directors. Click here for a list of Committees.

The CAMFT Board of Directors met via conference call on June 3, 2015, and in person on June 6-7, 2015, in San Diego. During the meeting in San Diego, the Board hosted a reception for the San Diego Chapter and San Diego North County Chapter board members. The Board will meet again via conference call on July 29, 2015, and again in person on September 19-20, 2015 in Santa Clara, CA. For Board meeting dates, highlights, and minutes, click here.

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