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Cathryn Leff

Candidate for Secretary
Cathryn Leff, LMFT

Candidate Application
Email: CandidateLeff@camft.org

After being appointed to the CAMFT Board of Directors in June of 2015, and elected as Director-At-Large in 2016, it was an honor to be elected by the Board in June 2016 to fill the vacant Secretary position.

As founder and Past-President of Southwest Riverside County CAMFT, I was awarded the Outstanding Chapter Leadership Award in 2010. I am currently working on my PhD in psychology with an emphasis on mental health policy and practice, to enhance my understanding of how policy is developed and how to effectively get legislation passed.

As a member of CAMFT since 1987, I have seen at times our Association grow and struggle to find its footing. I believe CAMFT has turned a corner and I am dedicated towards moving our Association to one of even greater strength through increased participation by our members, better advocacy for the issues we care about, and more respect for LMFT’s through higher reimbursement rates.

I believe I am qualified to accomplish these goals based on my education (B.A. in Psychology, UCLA; M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Pepperdine University), my experience as a LMFT in various capacities, and by my participation in ongoing CAMFT activities. I have worked as an Emergency Response Social Worker for Child Protected Services in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties; a Supervisor for interns at a drug/alcohol rehabilitation center; a Children’s Mental Health Clinician for San Diego County; a Psychiatric Liaison for the Emergency Department at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside; and as an Emergency Department Patient Liaison for Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Currently I operate my own private practice in Temecula, and work as Director of Family Services for the Soboba Band Luiseno Indians in San Jacinto. This has been a challenging but rewarding experience in working with one of our Native American neighbors.

Moving forward, I hope to work towards increasing member participation at events like CAMFT Connects, because with greater participation CAMFT can increase its ability to create change and strengthen respect for our license. Holding the MFT license is paramount for us earning a decent livelihood. We do not want our license potentially weakened by withdrawing our ability to diagnose. Presently, competing professionals in Texas are working with their legislative bodies to this very end. This is why we need members involved and working on insurance reform and other advocacy issues, towards a streamlining of the process for therapists in submitting claims, and obtaining the compensation we deserve from insurance companies through parity with other licenses.

Finally, with my election as Board Secretary, I propose that CAMFT develop online interactive modules to help members develop their skills to become effective public policy advocates at the federal, state, and local levels. Other associations have these modules, including the American Psychological Association. These modules would also provide continuing education units, and inform and instruct members in advocacy for the issues that matter to us most. I respectfully ask for your vote. Thank you.

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