Candidate for Pre-Licensed Director
Laura Westmoreland, MFT Registered Intern
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.