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.

May, 2014

  • Staff attended meetings with: Irregulars at the California Hospital Association, California Coalition of Mental Health Parity Workgroup, BBS Board, DMHC Parity Committee, MFT Leadership Collaborative, Central Valley Consortium, Inland Empire Consortium, and AAMFT. 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.
  • Staff Attorneys responded to 1842 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.
  • 17,118 people visited the CounselingCalifornia.com website with 14,563 of those being unique visitors. There were hits to 4,481 different therapist profiles and 36,764 total page views. This marketing tool is available to all members for the purpose of promoting services to the public. Create your profile now.
  • CAMFT submitted letters to: Acting Chief Trial Counsel Jayne Kim petitioning the State Bar to allow LMFTs as eligible mental health providers for attorneys placed on probation; Assemblyman Perez supporting, if amended, the Telephonic and Electronic Patient Management Services bill (AB 1771); Assemblywoman Perez supporting the Budget Subcommittee’s proposal to augment and improve the budget of the DMHC for mental health parity; Representatives Doggett and Gallego thanking them for supporting the Mental Health Access Improvement Act of 2013 (HR 3662); Senator DeSaulnier opposing the Advanced Alcohol and Drug Licensing Act (SB 570). 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.
  • Staff attended fundraisers for Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and Senator Mark Wyland. 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.
  • Staff presented seminars at 2 schools: Santa Clara University via webinar and Antioch University. Presentations to schools are an effective way to engage the next generation of CAMFT members.
  • Staff presented seminars at 2 chapters: San Gabriel and Southwest Riverside. 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.
  • Staff presented Law and Ethics seminars at the Olive Crest Treatment Center and at the 21st International Military and Civilian Combat Stress Conference. (Note: The Conference session was held in an area that had to be evacuated due to wild fires plaguing San Diego County at the time. However, as the presentation was relocated four times throughout the day and eventually concluded miles away from where it started, all those attending demonstrated the military motto of “Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome!”) The law and ethics seminar is a valuable training tool that gets consistently positive response from MFTs and other participants.
  • The CAMFT Purview, Ethics, Political Action, and Elections Committees 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.
  • CAMFT held its 50th Annual Conference “The Gold Standard: Integrating Mental Health and Community,” May 1-4, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa. There were 640 people in attendance. The Annual Conference is CAMFT’s largest event, showcasing professional resources and informative continuing education workshops presented by peers and noted industry speakers. The next Annual Conference will be held May 14 -17, 2015, at the San Francisco Airport Marriott, Burlingame, CA.

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