CAMFT Year in Review 2015
Let's take a look back at some of the great moments at CAMFT in 2015. Thank you to all our members for your dedication, support, and for being a part of these fantastic memories!

Thank you, as well, to our Grand Sponsors!

Grand Sponsors

CAMFT Surpasses Membership Goal!
CAMFT Surpasses Membrship GoalCAMFT reached a new milestone in 2015 by serving our highest number of members in 51 years. Driven by top quality benefits and services, membership has grown to an all-time high of 32,095 at year-end. The dedicated staff in our Infocenter answered more than 56,000 telephone calls and processed over 4,700 new and 27,400 renewal applications.

Throughout this year you have enjoyed unlimited access to our knowledgeable legal staff for phone consultations on legal, ethical matters and had access to countless CE hours through our On-Demand Learning Library. You’ve also kept your finger on the pulse of professional trends through 6 issues of the peer-edited publication The Therapist and 6 installments of the member newsletter, and enjoyed huge savings on liability and auto insurance, professional technology services, magazine subscriptions, and much more. Click here to view your full list of exclusive member benefits!
CAMFT Launches New Continuing Education Provider Approval (CEPA) Program


In 2015, CAMFT officially became a BBS-approved CE Provider Agency!

As a CEPA Agency, CAMFT has the authority to approve CE providers for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical Social Workers, Professional Clinical Counselors, and Educational Psychologists.

CAMFT-approved providers officially began offering CE on of July 1, 2015! Since opening its doors, our comprehensive, robust program has reviewed nearly 150 applications; 23 individual, 10 CAMFT chapter, and 114 county agency, nonprofit, and private corporation providers applications have been reviewed! Thank you to the members of the CEPA Committee for their commitment to evaluate high quality continuing education providers.

To make CAMFT’s Provider Approval Program your new CE home, be sure to visit CAMFT’s website to download the CEPA Manual, Initial Approval Application, and other resources!
Legal Department Serves Thousands
One of our most unique and popular member benefits, the legal consultation line, has a team of six legal staff available from the hours of 8:45am to 4:30pm, Monday-Friday. Our dedicated legal team received and responded to over 21,800 legal, ethical, and licensure inquiries via the CAMFT legal consultation hotline. The top five topics of inquiry in 2015 were: subpoenas, supervision, child abuse, minors, and confidentiality.

In addition to insurance, legislative, and BBS updates provided regularly in CAMFT’s clinical and Prelicensed newsletters throughout the year, the legal team also published 19 new legal and ethical articles in The Therapist magazine and on the CAMFT website. 10 of 29 webinars offered on CAMFT’s On-Demand Learning Library offer continuing education credits in Law & Ethics.

CAMFT’s legal team has also engaged members across the state at 37 L&E workshops and presentations at chapters, agencies, and school districts. Topics from supervision, licensure, and the affordable care act, to recordkeeping, dual relationships, and the 2016 BBS exam restructure were covered in exceptional detail. CAMFT members also enjoyed 3 L&E workshops at the 2015 Annual Conference, as well as a workshop at the Fall Symposium.
2015 Demographic Survey Revealed
Positive Trends
Demographic survey

The 2015 Demographic Survey of our members revealed positive economic trends in the MFT profession. The average annual income earned from private practice is $50,948, up from $44,482 in 2012 and 46,436 in 2010. The average annual income earned solely in a non-private practice, clinical setting is $55,063.

There appears to be an upward trend in the average usual and customary fee charged by LMFTS in the last ten years. This amount was $146.86 in 2014, up from $123.62 in 2012 and $104.81 in 2010. The average fee paid also seems to be increasing. In 2014 this amount was $108.05 taking into account discounted fees or sliding fee scales, and $101.81 taking into account managed care and reimbursement rates. These are significantly up from an average of $88.50 paid after discounts in 2012, $85.00 in 2010. The average lowest fee charged on the sliding scale was $53.00, up from $44.80 in 2012, $46.93 in 2010.

Complete survey results can be found in the member-only section of the website. Please log in with your member login and password.
CAMFT in the Community:
Outreach Expands In 2015

While providing fast, friendly, and reliable service to members is its core purpose, the CAMFT staff also engaged non-members by providing information about membership to students, interns, and clinicians at job fairs, professional summits and conferences across the state. CAMFT’s new School Outreach Program included live visits and virtual webinar presentations about CAMFT membership and the road to licensure at MFT campuses across the state and we are excited to expand our reach to more Prelicensed members in 2016!

CAMFT Outreach

CAMFT Advocacy Team Focuses on
Legislative Priorities

Legislative Update

Thank you to the 2,200+ members who sent emails in 2015 to their Representative to support H.R. 2759, the Mental Health Access Improvement Act. If successful, H.R. 2759 will add LMFTS to the list of Medicare providers. As a result of your efforts, these 16 California Representatives are now co-sponsors for H.R. 2759:

Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA)
Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA)
Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA)
Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA)
Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA)
Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA)
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)
Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA)
Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA)
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA)
Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA)
Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA)

With our new congressional allies, CAMFT is eager to resume the fight for Medicare reimbursement in the upcoming congressional season.

2015 saw CAMFT wage and win the important battle to recognize technology’s growing impact on the profession. AB 250 clarified that Marriage and Family Therapist trainees are authorized to provide telehealth services under Business and Professions Code §2290.5
AB 858 also made great inroads when it passed the California House and Senate this year. This bill sought to make LMFTs qualified reimbursable providers at federally qualified health center services and rural health clinics. 2015 represented momentous gains for the spirit of the bill. Unlike previous versions of the bill, which died in the Appropriations Committee, AB 858 enjoyed broad substantive support throughout the legislative process and was only vetoed by the Governor due to fiscal barriers to implementation. We are hopeful that this bill will be reintroduced in the next few years, when the economic outlook for implementation improves.

2015 also saw CAMFT’s continued determination to make inroads on the most important legislative priority to the MFT profession: Medicare recognition of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists.

2015 was also a year of significant legislative victories for our MFT students and trainees. SB 620 revamped the previous hours of experience requirements for LMFTs and streamlined the various “buckets” of hours that LMFTs must achieve in order to become licensed. The bill was signed by the Governor and removed barriers to aspiring LMFTs to obtain hours in a more efficient and effective manner.

Click here To learn more about CAMFT’s legislative activities in 2015.

As CAMFT’s legislative advocates, staff represented the interests of LMFTs and MFT students and interns at numerous meetings in 2015, including: 17 BBS and 29 California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and Consumer Provider Plan Agency (CPPA) meetings across the state.

To see a full description of all of CAMFT’s efforts, visit “Behind the Scenes
Social Media Presence Continues to Grow
in 2015

CAMFT Social mediaCAMFT’s presence on and use of social media expanded throughout 2015 and the number of followers continues to grow. As of mid December, we have more than 5,883 followers on Facebook and over 1,400 followers on Twitter.
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For members interested in these important topics - two new forums for the discussion of healthcare reform and prelicensee issues have been added to the CAMFT Community ! Members are encouraged to use this online tool to exchange information on these issues. Login with your CAMFT user name and password to join your colleagues in these discussions!

The CAMFT Educational Foundation’s Scholarship and Grant Program Soars to New Heights
In its most competitive year to date, the CAMFT Educational Foundation received 40 applications from qualified candidates for its 3 scholarships and 1 research grant awarded each year.

The awards are funded in part by the Educational Foundation’s raffle ticket sales at the Annual Conference, Fall Symposium, and Chapter Leadership Conference, as well as member donations. Thank you to all who donated- the foundation raised a total of $8,581 for its scholarship and grant program this year!

The Ronald Lunceford, Clinton E, Phillips, and Educational Foundation scholarships each award a $4,000 stipend to a student or intern who has demonstrated exemplary academic achievement, community involvement, and dedication to the field of marriage and family therapy. The Educational Foundational grant awards a $2,500 stipend to MFT or group of MFTs to embark on a project aimed to enrich the academic or clinical breadth of the profession.

Congratulations to 2015 scholarship recipients Sara Dick, Owanda Allu Ephipany, and Stacia Stamos, and to grant recipient Rajani Venketraman Levis for her successful grant project, a workshop titled the Business of Psychotherapy.

Scholarship Recipient

CAMFT Creates Four New Committees
CAMFT was proud to welcome four new committees in 2015. These new committees bring the total number of volunteer opportunities to 132 positions on 21 active Committees! Thank you to all our dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers!

The Pre-Licensed Committee will address and give voice to the unique concerns of CAMFT’s Pre-Licensed members, including internships, employment, supervision concerns, and BBS issues

The Insurance and Healthcare Reform Committee formed to educate members on the Affordable Care Act and its future impacts in the mental health field, brainstorm ways to approach insurance companies and managed care plans with issues affecting the membership, and advise CAMFT on issues surrounding insurance, managed care, the ACA, and single-payer health care.

The Legislative Committee provides an important new avenue of review and input about state and federal bills for the Association to support, while Audit Committee will oversee all material aspects of CAMFT’s annual audit.
​CAMFT Launches New
Learning Library
On-Demand Getting Started

The newest member benefit, CAMFT’s On-Demand Learning Library offers therapists an opportunity to gain CE credits through online presentations. CAMFT members have been taking advantage of this wonderful new benefit since its launch in August, 2015. Now that the BBS has removed the 18-hour limitation on self-study CE credits, we encourage you to explore and learn in the way that suits you best!

On-Demand Videos

The library offers 30 high-quality webinars on the On-Demand Learning Library, 10 of which offer Law & Ethics credits! Between August and December, 2015, 487 CE credits were issued through this new library.

Click here for a complete list of currently available titles. New titles are always being added!

On-Demand Articles

Happy 35th Birthday to the CAMFT PAC!

The CAMFT Political Action Committee (PAC) was born in 1980 and celebrated its 35th birthday this year! We couldn’t have thrived all these years without your generous support!

The CAMFT PACs assist in electing candidates to the California legislature and U.S. Congress who demonstrate an understanding and willingness to be supportive on the issues most important to MFTs.

Thank you to the members who made this possible, as well as the San Diego, Orange County, and Sacramento Valley chapters for their donations. A special shout-out to the San Fernando Valley and Orange County chapters for the spontaneous and generous fundraising by attendees at their chapter meetings this year.

Please log in to the CAMFT website to donate today.
Chapter Boards Network at the 2015 Leadership Conference
The 2015 Chapter Leadership Conference brought over 100 board members representing 26 of CAMFT’s 28 chapters to Costa Mesa, CA in late February for keynote and breakout sessions on membership recruitment and retention, marketing strategies, financial management, effective leadership, and other issues facing the local chapters. Members of the CAMFT staff and Board of Directors also joined in this collaborative and productive weekend of networking and brainstorming.

CLC attendees

CLC attendees

clc attendees
CAMFT Connects Meetings Bring Together Association Members and Leaders
CAMFT Connects Meeting

CAMFT Connects
CAMFT members, leadership, and senior staff, discussed the future of the Association at the second annual CAMFT Connect meetings in Los Angeles and San Rafael on November 7. The meetings empowered members to play a role in CAMFT’s future direction by identifying challenges, opportunities, and priorities for CAMFT resources.

Each of the two meetings consisted of over 30 members and leaders discussing Medicare, insurance reimbursement, professional recognition, legislative efforts, and prelicensed issues, among other hot topics of the day. Thank you to all who attended and shared their valuable opinions on the future of CAMFT and the profession. The input members offer is vital to CAMFT’s continued success. Please continue helping us help you!

Live Educational Events
2015 Annual Conference Bridges the Art and Science of Healing
CAMFT ConferenceNearly 760 counseling professionals attended the 2015 Annual Conference in Burlingame, a 15% increase from the attendance in 2014. Approximately 83% of participants rated the event as excellent or very good. Attendants were treated to a vibrant agenda, with 46 engaging and informative workshops offered over a four day period.

The unique merging of paradigms explored in the conference theme was exemplified perfectly by plenary speaker Armand Volkas. The Living Arts Playback Theater Ensemble. “Stories from Our Journeys as Psychotherapists: A Playback Theatre Performance” engaged its audience and honored the work of therapists as healers by bringing their spoken personal narratives about the joys and challenges of therapy to life through spontaneous, improvisational theater.

We hope to see everyone at the 52nd Annual Conference in Los Angeles in May 2016!  Information about the 2016 Conference can be found here.

Fall Symposium
The 2015 Fall Symposium was held on November 14-15 in Costa Mesa. Over a hundred attendees networked with colleagues, cultivated their knowledge base at exciting workshops, and earned CE credits!

Attendees enjoyed an informative and engaging slate of workshops on a wide array of topics, including marketing for mental health professionals, legal and ethical issues in supervision, the integration of poetry therapy in the treatment of trauma, and outcome management.

2015 Military Workshop
A few short weeks after the nation gathered to honor military veterans, CAMFT presented a One-Day workshop in Carlsbad on important issues affecting the treatment of our country’s military men and women, and their families.

“Assessing and Treating PTSD and Related Problems with Veterans,” presented by leading expert Sonya Norman, PhD, familiarized participants with critical issues in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of post traumatic stress.Military workshop

Those members who were interested in the workshop but unable to attend can find the nearly 6 hours of thorough, engaging information available at the click of a mouse! Please visit CAMFT’s On-Demand Learning Library to gain the knowledge and CEs.

MFTs on the Front Lines: CAMFT and Crisis Intervention in 2015
Crisis Intervention in 2015

The devastating wildfires that scorched Northern California in September 2015 had blazed for a few hours before the local Redwood Empire Chapter, the CAMFT Crisis Response & Education Resources Committee (CRERC), and CAMFT staff came together quickly and effectively to respond to the disaster. CAMFT members were notified and informed about crisis intervention in the wake of natural disasters. Those who were not trained to practice were provided with resources and information to help them acquire and hone these invaluable skills. Information handouts were distributed at  a walk-in- counseling center erected at an event venue in one of the affected communities. Licensed clinicians and intern volunteers dedicated their time and skills to be available to distressed families coping with the mental health effects of the fire. 

The teamwork and collaboration between CAMFT staff, member of CRERC, and local chapters was repeated in San Diego after a student’s suicide at a local school, and the terror attacks in Paris and in our backyard of San Bernardino. 

Thank you to the dedicated committee and chapter leaders who worked to keep members informed, educated, and emboldened to receive crisis intervention training to be assets in their communities during times of distress. To learn more about how you can become trained in disaster response, please visit the CRERC webpages

Thanks for a Great Year!
CAMFT would like to thank all of its members for another successful year. Together, we achieved major accomplishments in 2015- from important legislative outcomes and increased awareness of the counseling profession, to exciting new member benefits, resources, and educational opportunities. CAMFT looks forward to serving you in 2016. The best is yet to come!