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.
- Board Members and Staff participated in 8 meetings with: Inland Empire Consortium, Central Valley Consortium, Sacramento Consortium, MFT Leadership Collaborative, Irregulars, BBS Board of Directors, and BBS Supervision Committee. 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 1767 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 16,230 people visited the CounselingCalifornia.com website with 13,462 of those being unique visitors. There were hits to 4,849 different therapist profiles and 35,462 total page views. This marketing tool is available to all members for the purpose of promoting services to the public.
- CAMFT staff submitted advocacy letters to:
o Assemblyman Rob Bonta opposing unless amended the Crime victims: compensation: reimbursement of violence peer counseling expenses legislation (AB 1629);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.
o Governor Jerry Brown urging him to sign the Penalty Equality - Enforcement of the Mental Health Parity Act (SB 1046), the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act: sexual abuse (AB 1775), the Healing arts: licensure requirements bill (SB 1012), and the Behavioral sciences: records retention bill (SB 578); and opposing the Mental health professionals: suicide prevention training bill (AB 2198).
- Board Members and Staff attended 7 fundraisers and 1 town hall meeting for: Assemblymembers Beth Gaines, Brian Jones, Melissa Melendez, Mark Stone, Shirley Weber, Marie Waldron, Scott Wilk, and U.S. Representative Sam Farr. 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 at 1 “Student Welcome Day”: Cal State Northridge. Presentations to schools are an effective way to engage the next generation of CAMFT members.
- Board Member participated in 1 Chapter Annual Dinner: San Francisco. Chapter meetings are a prime opportunity for CAMFT leadership and staff to hear directly from members and exchange ideas for serving members.
- Staff presented 4 Law & Ethics workshops at Southern California Seminary, San Joaquin Valley Chapter, Valley Sierra Chapter, and Los Angeles. The law and ethics seminar is a valuable training tool that gets consistently positive response from MFTs and other participants.
- CAMFT held 1 workshop: Advanced DSM-5 in Santa Clara. Workshops are an effective way for CAMFT members to earn continuing education units and learn more about current topics that affect mental health professionals.
- The CAMFT Ethics Committee, Crisis Response Education & Resources Committee, Member Engagement Task Force, Educational Foundation, and Roberts Rules of Order Task Force 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.
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