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 2015

CAMFT Staff participated in 5 meetings with California Coalition on Mental Health, BBS Board, Senior Consultant for Assembly Committee on Health, Inland Empire Consortium, and Sacramento 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 1664 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 19,250 people visited the CounselingCalifornia.com website with 16,095 of those being unique visitors. There were hits to 4,449 different therapist profiles and 37,227 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. Create your profile now.

CAMFT submitted advocacy letters to:

  • Kim Madsen, Executive Director, BBS, and Rosanne Helms, Legislative Analyst, BBS, regarding concerns about the language in the Petition for Termination (SB 531) legislation which could result in meritless complaints and investigations (Cathy 5/13)
  • State Senator Bob Huff opposing SB 478, the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act, unless amended to prevent the disclosure of irrelevant confidential information (Cathy – 5/1)
  • State Senator Mark Leno regarding concerns about the scope, governing authority, required training, and other details of the Peer and family support specialist certification legislation, SB 614 (Cathy – 5/7)
  • Assemblymember Susan Eggman in support of AB 1194 regarding involuntary commitment and treatment of individuals with specified mental disorders (Cathy – 5/5)
  • Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian requesting AB 796 be amended to include marriage and family therapist registered interns (Cathy – 5/5)
  • Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans regarding the requirements for Qualified Autism Service Providers (Sara – 5/27)
  • Members of California Assembly urging members to vote for AB 858 (Cathy – 5/29)

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 Board, Staff and lobbyists attended 11 receptions for US Congressman Jared Huffman; State Assemblypersons Susan Eggman, Cristina Garcia, Bill Quirk, Marie Waldron, Jay Obernolte, Chris Holden, Toni Atkins, and Evan Low; and State Senators Bob Huff and Connie Leyva. 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 hereto donate to the CAMFT PAC!

CAMFT Staff coordinated 1 press release “Mental Health Resource Site Provides Californians with a Lifeline to More than 8,000 Therapists”, and 1 article in Folsom Telegraph. Articles and television interviews by or featuring LMFTs educate potential clients about the services and scope of knowledge of LMFTs.

CAMFT Staff made 3 L&E presentations at San Gabriel Valley Chapter and Olive Crest Center. The law and ethics seminar is a valuable training tool that gets consistently positive response from MFTs and other participants.

The CAMFT Purview, Public Outreach, CE Provider Approval Program, Political Action, and Finance Committees, and Leadership Advisory Council 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.

CAMFT held its 51st Annual Conference “Bridging the Art and Science of Healing,” May 14-17, 2015, at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront. There were 750 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 12 -15, 2016, at the Hilton LAX, Los Angeles, CA.

The CAMFT Board of Directors met via conference call on May 17 and May 27, 2015. The Board will meet again June 6-7, 2015, in San Diego, CA. Click herefor the list of upcoming Board meetings and agendas.

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