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.

September, 2015

CAMFT Staff participated in 8 meetings with California Coalition for Mental Health, Irregulars, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Department of Health Care Services’ Medi-Cal Managed Care Advisory Group, and Consortiums in San Diego, Central Coast, Orange County, and Los Angeles. 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 2047 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.

CAMFT Staff met with 1 legislative office, Donna Campbell, Governor Brown’s Deputy Legislative Secretary, and submitted advocacy letters to:

CAMFT consistently interacts with key legislators 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 Staff, Board and lobbyists attended 6 receptions for US Representatives Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, and Eric Swalwell, Assembly Members Travis Allen and David Chiu, and “Dining for Dems” with Assemblyman Marc Levine, State Senator Mike McGuire, US Representative Jared Huffman, and State Controller Betty Yee. 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 were present at the following 2 professional exhibits to promote CAMFT membership, CounselingCalifornia.com, and CAMFT’s Continuing Education Provider Approval Program: Early Childhood Mental Health Conference and VA Military Mental Health Summit. CAMFT promotes its member services and benefits to other mental health practitioners as an additional professional resource.

CAMFT Staff made a presentation at 1 school: Chicago School of Professional Psychology, LA Campus. Presentations to schools are an effective way to engage the next generation of CAMFT members.

CAMFT Staff made Law and Ethics presentations at 1 agency and 2 chapters: Family Counseling Services, Inc., Santa Barbara Chapter, and San Diego Chapter. The law and ethics seminar is a valuable training tool that gets consistently positive response from MFTs and other participants.

CAMFT Board members participated in 2 chapter meetings, Redwood Empire and San Francisco. Chapter meetings are a prime opportunity for CAMFT leadership to hear directly from members and exchange ideas for serving members. Click here to connect with your local chapter.

The CAMFT Public Outreach, Certified Supervisors Program, Crisis Response Education & Resource, Insurance and Healthcare Reform, Political Action, CE Provider Approval, and Executive 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.

The CAMFT Board of Directors met on September 19-20, 2015, in Santa Clara. The Board hosted a reception for the Santa Clara Valley Chapter board members. The Board will meet again on December 5-6, 2015 in Long Beach, CA. For Board meeting dates, highlights, and minutes, click here.

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