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, 2016



CAMFT Staff participated in 9 meetings with Department of Managed Health Care, California Coalition of Mental Health, Irregulars, BBS Policy and Advocacy Committee, and Consortiums in Los Angeles, Central Coast, Orange County, San Diego, and Imperial County. 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 over 2,060 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 13,760 people visited the CounselingCalifornia.com website with 11,350 of those being unique visitors. There were hits to 2,740 different therapist profiles and 23,258 total page views. The newly re-designed CounselingCalifornia.com marketing tool is available to all members for the purpose of promoting services to the public. Createyour profile now .

CAMFT Staff submitted 2 advocacy letters to:

  • Governor Jerry Brown, urging him to sign AB 1808 which would allow MFT Trainees working under supervision to treat minors
  • U.S. Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification Policy Committee, addressing issues regarding the description of “marriage and family therapist” in the 2018 Standard Occupational Classification Manual

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 engaged over 2,400 members in response to 1 grassroots campaign successfully persuading Governor Jerry Brown to sign AB 1863 which adds Marriage and Family Therapists as providers at Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics. Grassroots campaigns are an effective advocacy tool for legislators and government officials to hear directly from CAMFT members on a specific issue.

CAMFT Staff and lobbyists attended 2 receptions for State Assembly Member Holden and US Representative Thompson. 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 Board participated in 1 Chapter meeting: Redwood Empire. CAMFT Board and Staff made presentations at 1 School and 2 Chapters: Pepperdine University West Los Angeles Campus, and San Fernando Valley and San iego. 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 Law and Ethics seminars at 1 Chapter, 1 school and 1 agency: San Diego, Southern California Seminary, and Riverside University Health System. The law and ethics seminar is a valuable training tool that gets consistently positive response from MFTs and other participants.

The CAMFT Ethics, Finance, Public Outreach, and Political Action 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 24-25, 2016, in San Francisco. The Board hosted a reception for the San Francisco and Marin County Chapter board members. The Board will meet again on December 3-4, 2016, in Riverside, CA. For Board meeting dates, highlights, and minutes, click here .

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