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Articles by Mary Riemersma, Former Executive Director

 The Building of a Profession (10/30/2015) 
   The Building of a Profession A Profession Created, Crafted and Adopted Through Legislation
 Rethinking Private Practice Internships (9/19/2012) 
   A great deal is missed when an intern is not exposed to a private practice internship. In such settings, there is a different type of clientele, and interns miss out on observing how a private practice is built, managed and maintained.
 Myths and Realities for Supervision (8/15/2012) 
   Myths and Realities of Supervision
 Requirements for Grandparented Licensure as LPCCs (8/1/2011) 
   This article contains excerpts from the licensing law that was recently passed that detail the requirements for LMFTs and LCSWs to become dully licensed as LPCCs in California.
 BBS Pushes Forward with Gap Exam (6/14/2011) 
   BBS expert consultant contradicted by OPES.The Therapist May/June 2011
 Does Board Service Offer a Return on Investment (6/1/2011) 
   What's in it for Me? Does Board Service offer a return on investment
 Court Rules in CAMFT Suit (1/31/2011) 
   BBS Abused its Discretion. Court Orders BBS to Set Aside its Decision Requiring "Gap Exam"
 Medicare Inclusion for MFTs (11/1/2010) 
   Medicare Inclusion for MFTs: Another Reason it is Critical for the Profession by Mary Riersma, Executive Director
 The Typical California MFT 2010 (8/1/2010) 
   CAMFT has completed the compilation of data on the recent practice and demographic survey of the Clinical membership. Take a look at what the comprehensive data revealed as the "Typical California MFT."
 Planning for Retirement (7/1/2010) 
   After more than 25 years with CAMFT, Mary Riemersma announces her plan to retire as Executive Director.
 Whats in it for Me? Does Board Service Offer a Return on Investment (5/1/2010) 
   Board Members who have actively served the Association believe that they leave board service having gained much more than contributed.
 Trainee Hours May Be in Jeopardy (3/1/2010) 
   This article will review the section of law that requires there to be a written agreement between schools and work settings for the hours of experience gained by trainees outside of their practicum assignments.
 Update on Pay for Supervision (3/1/2010) 
   On January 23, 2010, the BBS met in Sacramento. Discussed during the meeting was the issue of "paying for supervision." This article discusses the dialogue of this meeting and CAMFT's view of the outcome.
 Requirements for Licensure as LPCCs (11/1/2009) 
   The following are excerpts from the licensing law that was recently passed that detail the requirements for LMFTs and LCSWs to become dually licensed as LPCCs in California.
 Changes to Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (7/11/2009) 
   The Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Alert has been amended as a result of AB 1241 which was signed by the Governor and becomes law on January 1, 2001
 Marketing Nich Opportunities (6/1/2009) 
   Marketing Niche Opportunities
 Private Practice Expense Sheet (6/1/2009) 
   Building a Private Practice Expense Sheet
 What About Record Keeping (6/1/2009) 
   What About Record Keeping? As a result of change to the unprofessional conduct section of the licensing law, many members are asking what patient records are appropriate and/or necessary for therapists to maintain.
 Managed Care in th 90s (3/1/2009) 
   Mental health providers who choose to participate in "managed care" are in the midst of a dynamic and evolving system of healthcare delivery. Managed mental health affects millions of patients, providers and payors throughout the nation and its allur
 Suggestions for Developing Worthwhile Supervisory Relationship (3/1/2009) 
   Suggestions for Developing a Worthwhile Supervisory Relationship
 The Ins and Outs of Mandatory Continuing Education (3/1/2009) 
   The Ins and Outs of Mandatory Continuing Education. It is clear that many members of CAMFT are having difficulty understanding the many and varied requirements to which they are bound with mandatory continuing education. This article will attempt to
 Professional Liability Malpractice Insurance (11/1/2008) 
   Professional Liability Malpractice Insurance. A Hidden Benefit of CAMFT Membership
 Advancing the Interests of the Profession in California (3/1/2008) 
   Advancing the Interests of the Profession in California
 Coaching Should it be for You (11/1/2007) 
   Coaching Should it be for you
 Reuirements and Restrictions for Substance Abuse Professionals (9/1/2007) 
   Requirements and Restrictions for Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs) For the Department of Transportation (DOT)
 No Secrets Policy in Couple and Family Therapy (9/1/2007) 
   No Secrets Policy in Couple and Family Therapy an interview with Richard S. Leslie J.D.
 Tips on Supervision Supervisor Record Keeping (7/1/2007) 
   Tips on Supervision: Supervisor Recordkeeping
 The Utilization of MFTs (5/1/2007) 
   The Utilization of MFTs or should we say, Resistance to Utilizing MFTs
 Fee Dispute Resolution Pilot Program (1/1/2007) 
   Fee Dispute Resolution Pilot Program to become operational Department of Managed Health Care
 Guidelines on Reporting Child Abuse (11/1/2005) 
   Guidelines on Reporting Child Abuse. based upon existing law, and legislation passed in 2005 and taking effect January 1, 2006, the following guidelines have been prepared to assist therapists in making child abuse reports.
 Why Does CAMFT Not Eradicate Managed Care (3/1/2005) 
   Why does CAMFT not eradicate Managed Care?
 Building a Private Practice Part IV (3/1/2004) 
   Some professionals consider advertising their services to be unprofessional. Meanwhile, they are faced with the threat of losing patients/clients to other professionals who do advertise. How should you react when you feel the need to retain your prof
 Building a Private Practice Part III (1/1/2004) 
   Building A Private Practice - Part III. The September-October issue of The Therapist carried Part I of this series, and the November/December issued carried Part II. This article is the third in the series on Building a Private Practice. This articl
 Building a Private Practice Part II (11/1/2003) 
   The articles addressed many considerations leading to the decision to form a private practice.
 Building a Private Practice Part I (9/1/2003) 
   This article will be the first of a series of articles that will address issues to consider when opening a private practice.
 California Mental Health Planning Council (9/1/2003) 
   California Mental Health Planning Council Human Resources to study MFT curriculum related to employment in the public sector
 The Pros and Cons of a Single Payer System (5/1/2003) 
   The Pros and Cons of a Single Payer System (Universal Health Care) as proposed for California
 When You Are Called As A Witness (1/1/2003) 
   When You are Called As a Witness. It is exceedingly likely that if you are a therapist who has been practicing for some time, either as an employee or in independent practice, uou have already been called, or are likely to be called upon to testify
 Malpractice Insurance What is the Right Choice (1/1/2003) 
   Malpractice Insurance What is the Right Choice. From time to time a new opportunity appears for malpractice insurnace. It can be mind-boggling to attempt to compare the plans to determine what the best purchase for you as a therapist
 Informed Consent Disclosure Statement for Online Thrapy (9/1/2002) 
   Informed Consent/Disclosure Statement for Online Therapy
 Interns Trainees Employees Not Independent Contractors (1/1/2002) 
   Interns Trainees Employees, Not Independent Contractors. Interns Trainees Employees, not Independent Contractors. A question often asked by licensees, interns and trainees is, "Can an intern or trainee work and gain hours of experience as an independ
 Collecting From Non-Paying Clients (1/1/2002) 
   Collecting from non-paying clients. Collecting from nonpaying patients or prior patients can be a time-consuming and sometimes troublesome process.
 What Does Parity Really Mean (11/1/2001) 
   What Does Parity Really Mean? Members and others continue to ask numerous questions about Parity, what it means, who it affects, and how to respond to third party payers who may appear to be avoiding the Parity law.
 California Dues to Increase Pursuant to Vote (9/1/2001) 
   CAMFT Dues to Increase Pursuant to Vote of the CAMFT Membership - 78 percent in support
 Third Party Reimbursement (3/1/2001) 
   Third Party Reimbursement. Understanding your rights and responsibilities with regard to third party reimbursement and the nuances of when you are and are not reimbursed can be daunting for the therapist who has never navigated these waters. This art
 What is Insurance Fraud (3/1/2001) 
   What is Insurance Fraud
 What is the Potential for Recourse Against a Therapist (1/1/2001) 
   This article is written to assist therapists in understanding the various avenues of redress that a patient may take if the patient believes he or she has been aggrieved by the therapist.
 The Pros and Cons of Union Affiliation for MFTs (3/1/2000) 
   At a recent meeting of the CAMFT Board of Directors, based upon the recommendation of a member of the Association, the CAMFT Board considered whether or not CAMFT should be instrumental in forming a union to represent marriage and family therapists i
 Therapy Counseling Over the Internet (11/1/1999) 
   Therapy Counseling Over the Internet - Innovation or Unnecessary Risk? It must first be said that this article expresses our individual views, and does not represent the position of CAMFT. In fact, CAMFT has not yet taken a position and the CAMFT Boa
 LPCC Track for Pre-Licensed MFTs (7/1/1997) 
   We frequently receive requests from members for information on what happens when a California licensed MFCC wishes to relocate to another state.