Candidate for Clinical Director
Kristy Labardee, LMFT
Endorsement Letter from Eugene Furnace
Photo of Eugene Furnace
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
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.