Katie Vernoy, LMFT
I am honored to be nominated to serve CAMFT in the role of President-Elect.
I’m committed to helping therapists obtain the opportunities and support they need to create careers that are both meaningful and sustainable. Too many of our colleagues struggle on the road to licensure. Too many of our colleagues burnout due to overwork, limited financial stability, or both.
I believe a strong professional organization, like CAMFT, is a critical component in the endeavor to improve our profession. Throughout my service as a CAMFT Director-at-Large, I have committed to transparent discussions leading to the advancement and support of all MFTs in California.
To further serve our community, CAMFT must continue to provide the hallmark benefits to its members (advocacy and legal advice) while also expanding offerings based on the clinical, business, and career needs of all MFTs. Many MFTs do not benefit from the CAMFT resources designed to improve the businesses of private practitioners. We must reach out to those licensed and pre-licensed practitioners employed at agencies, hospitals, schools, and treatment facilities to explore what they want from their professional organization and what would inspire their participation in our community. Creating innovative programs and resources helps to increase membership and engage those members.
With a new Executive Director who brings his own vision and ideas, it is imperative that we have a diversity of voices (especially MFT voices) collaborating with him to shape the next iteration of CAMFT. Volunteer participation can help with this perspective, but is insufficient to ensure that the MFT voice impacts the day-to-day decision-making. We need specific plans to increase the power of the MFT voice within CAMFT.
I would like to continue providing my voice as I have a comprehensive personal view of our profession due to the diversity of positions I have held. In community mental health, I had titles ranging from paraprofessional to Division Director. My first management position was for an ailing mental health program. I worked collaboratively with my team to create efficient procedures and implement new programs to engage the clients and provide higher quality services. By the end of my first year, the program won an award from Los Angeles County for innovative best practices and received a near perfect review. After moving out of public mental health and into business ownership, I now have a clinical private practice and I am a consultant for therapists, supervisors, and mental health executives who want to improve their leadership, management, and business skills. I commit to bringing my aptitude for leadership, creativity, and collaboration to my work as President-Elect for CAMFT.
I am truly excited to be your President-Elect. With the infrastructure and support of CAMFT, I can serve Marriage and Family Therapists more effectively. I can add my voice to the advocacy. I can share my ideas for the visibility and growth of our profession. I can know that I'm doing my part. Thank you for this opportunity.