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Kristy LabardeeCandidate for Clinical Director

Kristy Labardee, LMFT

Candidate Application
 Endorsement Letter from Eugene Furnace

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3e  Email:  CandidateLabardee@camft.org

I am honored to be a candidate for the CAMFT Clinical Director-At-Large seat. I have been a CAMFT member since 2006. During this time, I have worked in outpatient community clinics, practiced in residential treatment, managed a private practice, and supervised in a county-run long-term care program. I am currently the Deputy Executive Officer for a large non-profit agency. In my capacity as an LMFT, I have also supervised interns and taught in a Masters in Counseling program.

I believe that my diverse experience has given me an amazing range of knowledge, including skills in clinical and business projects, and will be an asset to the CAMFT Board. I am currently pursuing a certification as a Professional Management Professional (PMP) and am completing my MBA. I have had the pleasure of creating a project benefiting homeless individuals with long-term mental health struggles providing them with toiletries and clothes. I have also developed a mentorship program linking licensed clinicians with MFT interns and developed a Facebook group aimed at providing networking opportunities and support to MFTs. I have served as a member of the CAMFT Certified Supervisor Program Committee Member since 2015.

My goal is to focus my efforts on all MFTs at the CAMFT level. In line with CAMFT’s mission, I believe we need to gather feedback from MFTs on a regular basis to gauge their interests and needs for learning, advancement, and practice. This will allow CAMFT to develop programs, workshops, and events specifically aimed at those interests and needs. Additionally, I feel there are groups of MFTs to whom CAMFT can provide improved outreach and support. I want to develop new and innovative ways that will provide opportunities for all MFTs to find benefit from membership with CAMFT. I want to ensure we meet the needs of our current members, while furthering our outreach to all professional demographics.

As a CAMFT Clinical Director-At-Large, it will be important to me in the next year to focus efforts on recruitment and connection for CAMFT chapters. I would like to see CAMFT membership, especially lifetime membership, continue to increase. I feel that by strengthening our smaller chapters and under-represented areas, increasing the availability of services to those with less flexible schedules, and continuing outreach efforts we can accomplish this effectively.

Over the course of the next five years, I believe that developing programs and services to help MFTs work effectively with the managed care model is imperative. Currently, I believe that students and MFTs have limited exposure to managed care practices consisting of documentation that supports a high-level of formal clinical and behavioral verbiage. As we increasingly move towards integrated healthcare, it appears that managed care will continue to be at the forefront for MFTs. As such, it is important that we provide opportunities for learning and practicing in ways that support this trend.

Esteemed colleagues, I thank you for taking the time to read through my statement and I welcome the opportunity to represent you.

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