Candidate for Clinical Director
John Sovec, LMFT
Endorsement Letter from Curt Widhalm
Photo of Curt Widhalm
CAMFT is growing and this is an opportunity for you to make a difference in
the type of organization that you want representing the over 32,000 current
Think of it: 32,000 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists all with a desire
to bring the best possible care to their clients and communities. Real people
just like you and me who want to care for the mental health needs of our fellow
Californians and make a living doing it. However, you need support from your
professional organization and that is where the ongoing development of CAMFT
can assist. As your newly elected member at large, I will work hard to represent
your voice in that process.
My intention is to work closely with you, the clinical membership, the board,
and the staff to facilitate the continued development of CAMFT into an organization
that is responsive to membership and daring in its vision of professional growth
The core values that I hope to implement include:
Stronger Outreach: There are powerful reasons to join CAMFT, beyond legal
consultation, and many members aren’t aware of all the organization has
to offer. I believe it is vital for each member to understand that they have
a stake in CAMFT and our profession as a whole, as well as understanding that
the policies being developed benefit and contribute to the growth of our field.
By creating stronger membership outreach and access to the organization, CAMFT
can thrive and members can feel heard.
Entering the Electronic Age: In recent years CAMFT has begun to develop a
strong online presence, including newsletters, an information filled website,
and its own directory CounselingCalifornia.com. All of these efforts constitute
a strong step toward reaching and mobilizing the rich and active community
of MFTs in California. It is vital that CAMFT continue to build a strong online
presence for both the strength and longevity of the organization. Of particular
importance is the availability of online training and educational information
for the membership so that each of us are empowered to share with our clients
and the public a powerful understanding of the work that we do.
Power Networking: Let’s face it, this can be an isolating profession
and sometimes that isolation makes us feel uninspired and frustrated. By encouraging
the growth and development of local chapters, we can combat that tendency and
create positive inspiring connections. CAMFT can become a vital partner to
local chapters to build bridges out to the membership at large so that education,
personal development and connection become the buzzwords of our organization.
Here’s what I bring to the table:
- Highly successful private practice for over ten years
- Adjunct faculty at Phillips Graduate University
- Clinical Consultant for The Life Group LA
- Corporate management experience
So let’s work together, you and I, to continue the growth of our profession
and this invaluable organization that represents and serves our community of
mental health professionals.