Jeff Kashou, LMFT
I am humbled and grateful for your consideration of me for the Director-At-Large position on the 2018-2019 CAMFT Board of Directors.
As the son of an immigrant, I learned early on about the values of community, service, and authenticity. I consider myself fortunate to have found a career and a community that fulfills these values, in addition to this opportunity to become a leader within it.
I am very excited for this opportunity to serve on the Board having firsthand experience of the power advocacy and working collaboratively have on influencing systemic change. Throughout my career, I have focused on promoting causes important to me, both locally and abroad, including advocating for foster youth and asylum seekers at the Red Cross in Belgium.
In addition to these experiences, I have been involved in CAMFT in the following ways:
- Serving as the licensed member for the Pre-Licensed Committee
- Providing mentorship to unlicensed members through LA-CAMFT’s Mentorship Program
- Engaging in state and local chapter meetings
The goals I will focus on if elected include:
- Work to ensure employment opportunities at the VA are being made available to MFTs
- Explore creating a more accurate definition of our scope of practice that reflects the roles we fill, in order to improve our presence with reimbursement entities and employers, and to protect our field for the future
- Growing CAMFT’s presence on campuses to increase membership and engagement of the community and students considering which license to pursue
- Enhancing the CAMFT.org experience to create a more accessible resource network, provide statistics on graduate programs, and improve the ways we communicate and share knowledge
I would also like to share a little about me and my experience in the field. I earned my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, and have since had the following experiences:
- Working with children and families on Skid Row in Los Angeles
- Providing clinical services to the LGBTQ community in West Hollywood
- Engaging teens and adults with severe co-occurring disorders in residential and outpatient treatment in Santa Barbara
- Managing a Federal Probation program and community psychiatric partnership program
- Private practice in Santa Barbara accepting HMO insurance
- Currently, I’m a therapist at the Orange County Juvenile Hall for youth experiencing crises, trauma, substance abuse, and sexual exploitation
I’m eager for the chance to collaborate with the CAMFT community and leadership in a forward-focused and transparent manner that continues building on CAMFT’s firm footing in promoting, advancing, and maintaining the highest standards of our field.
Thank you again for your consideration of me for the position of Director-At-Large!
Please also vote for:
Holly Daniels for Director-At-Large
Howard Levitt for Director-At-Large