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Laura WestmorelandCandidate for Pre-Licensed Director

Laura Westmoreland, MFT Registered Intern

Candidate Application


Dear Prelicensed Colleagues:

The journey to the becoming a candidate has been exhilarating. I never expected, when I enrolled in a Counseling Psychology program in 2012, that I would be seeking your votes for a Board position. I would like to share a bit of that adventure with you.

My professional background has been in business; I earned an MBA, from Lindenwood University, in 2001. I have worked in the insurance industry for over 15 years; behavioral health and substance abuse insurance, to be exact. I spend time in the field ensuring that members have access to care and understand their benefits; I am knowledgeable on current health care legislation. Additionally, I try to alleviate concerns or fears about confidentiality and around the stigma of seeking help.

Working in the field sparked my desire to become a therapist. It was, and still is, an honor to witness another’s story to facilitate healing and growth. I am grateful that I have the privilege to train as a therapist. I have been fortunate to gain experience in a variety of settings working with diverse populations. I began my traineeship at Counseling West, moved into a private practice internship, gained invaluable experience at La Ventana, and am currently with Family Service Agency of Burbank seeing agency clients and working in the school-based program.

In 2014, I became involved with the San Fernando Valley Chapter of CAMFT as the Table Host Coordinator. That service led to: being elected the 2015 Vice President of Membership for the Chapter, a private practice internship, and a growing network of professional connections and friends. I am still actively involved with the Chapter; I was the Vice President of Membership in 2016 and am currently serving as the Chief Financial Officer. I am also an active (and vocal) member of the CAMFT Finance Committee.

My focus is on making CAMFT more accessible. To that end, I have submitted a proposal to the current Board that would allow members to pay their annual dues in 3 monthly installments. I would also like to ensure that the Prelicensed members understand what CAMFT is doing to advocate for our clients and our profession as the health care landscape evolves. Finally, I plan to encourage Prelicensed members to become a little more involved with CAMFT. We are the future of the Marriage and Family Therapist profession; our voices need to be heard, our ideas considered, and our capabilities appreciated.

Of course, I have many opinions about the challenges we face as trainees and interns: BBS turn-around times, more paid internships, and changes in health care legislation. But, this is our organization: what are your thoughts, opinions, and vision for the future. How can CAMFT better serve you? Please feel free to email me at CandidateWestmoreland@camft.org.

It would be an honor to represent the Prelicensed membership; I assure you that I am equal to the task.

May I have your vote?

Thank you for your consideration.

      

       Lisa Romain, MFT
       Registered Intern

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