Candidate for Clinical Director
Jonathan Flier, LMFT
For the past two years I served on the CAMFT Board as Director-at-Large. I’ve
participated on the Chapter Advisor Committee, CAMFT Connects, Grassroots task
forces, and Strategic Planning Committee. As a board member I’m an active
participant, working collaboratively with my colleagues.
Please vote for me for another term as Member-at-Large. I pledge to keep up
the progress CAMFT has made toward becoming a more member-driven organization
with a productive collaboration between the Staff, Board and Members.
I spent two years studying Organizational Psychology at the Wright Institute
in Berkeley. I bring a deep understanding of the forces at play in Organizational
Systems. I‘ve used that systemic viewpoint to strengthen the dialogue
between the CAMFT board, staff and membership.
I’m a strong advocate for increased diversity, LGBTQ concerns and a
larger pre-licensed representation on the board. In a second term, I will continue
to encourage CAMFT contributing to the political dialogue that supports the
needs and rights of our undervalued, underserved and underrepresented minority
CAMFT continues its efforts to have MFTs to become Medicare providers. I urge
CAMFT to lobby Congress to address the burden of student loan debts by increasing
debt forgiveness programs for those who serve the needs of the poor and indigent
in our communities. I’ll work towards CAMFT addressing the insurance
monopolistic policies that keep reimbursements below community standards for
medical services, as well as lobbying for a one-payer system for the health
needs of Californians.
I'll encourage CAMFT to work with the agencies that utilize interns to be
able to financially support them with wages for services rendered. Since this
could be a substantial burden on most agencies, we need creative solutions
to this seemingly unsolvable situation. We can't be creating indigent college
graduates who cannot sustain a livelihood, while serving the needs of their
I'm also interested in enhancing the organizing activities of the local CAMFT
Chapters throughout the state. Each chapter is unique and needs CAMFT's resources
to help them increase their effectiveness to build membership; that effort
would increase membership in CAMFT. Our Chapters are a brilliant organizing
force and generator of MFT leadership in California. These efforts can encourage
our colleagues to become more politically active with their local, state and
national representatives and be effective lobbyists for our professional concerns.
When I joined the board I had a mission for CAMFT to grow by MFTs experiencing
the benefits beyond access to lawyers and workshops. In the past two years
CAMFT has succeeded in that effort. Our members now feel more empowered and
acknowledged by their Board of Directors and the staff. I strongly supported
the current plan to devote considerable funds, professional staff and board
member time to create and execute a new marketing plan to educate the public
and political representatives on "What is an MFT." This includes
valuing the level of training and experience MFTs bring to their role as mental
Please vote for me so I can continue to work for you.