California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) exists for the advancement of the Marriage and Family Therapist profession in California by strengthening qualifications, and maintaining high standards of professional ethics and accountability, in order to enhance recognition and utilization of the profession. CAMFT strives to anticipate and meet the professional needs of its members and to create a vibrant Marriage and Family Therapist community.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
Through leadership, education and advocacy, CAMFT and its members strive to be exemplary professional resources for mental health professionals and people seeking their services.
CAMFT is the largest state-wide association for marriage and family therapists in the country, and is a leader in advocating for the profession at the state and national levels. Located in San Diego, CAMFT has nearly 32,000 members and is dedicated to advancing the profession as an art and a science, maintaining high standards of professional ethics, upholding the qualifications for the profession and expanding the recognition and awareness of the profession.
Marriage and family therapists (MFTs) are licensed mental health professionals, in private practice or a variety of other settings, who work with individuals, couples, families and groups to cure or relieve mental, emotional and relational concerns of all kinds.
CAMFT has 29 chapters throughout the state to serve the interests of MFTs in various geographic areas. The Association's activities revolve around two interrelated themes: the advancement of marriage and family therapy as an art, a science and a mental health profession, and (2) the advancement of the common business interests of its members.
CAMFT is the organizational voice and representative for MFTs, working cooperatively with the regulatory board (BBS), state legislature, federal legislature and many other organizations to advocate for the interests of individuals and the profession as a whole. CAMFT is an active and effective policy force, sponsoring bills and getting laws passed to benefit MFTs and the public.
CAMFT is incorporated as a 501(C)(6) mutual benefit corporation, and is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the 23-member professional staff administers the programs, services and activities of the organization within a $5.2 million operating budget, and supports the work of numerous committees.
CAMFT’s many programs and services for members include:
Phone consultations to help answer day-to-day business questions that mental health professionals have regarding legal and ethical concerns.
Highly rated continuing education workshops & annual conferences that provide continuing education units. CAMFT offers live and self-study CEUs at a special “Members Only” rate.
The Therapist, CAMFT’s premiere bi-monthly magazine, offering valuable information from timely articles to legislative updates to employment opportunities.
Information at your fingertips at www.camft.org. “Members Only” section available to help answer questions 24 hours a day.
Advocacy. CAMFT advocates for mental health professionals at the state and national levels. Currently, CAMFT is sponsoring bills in the state legislature and CAMFT continues to strive for LMFT inclusion in Medicare.
Members Only Answer Line. Recently, CAMFT introduced a special toll-free line for members.
CAMFT Community. CAMFT's members-only social network provides unlimited opportunities to dialogue and network with colleagues through online forums and discussion groups. In the CAMFT community, members form groups of their own, access numerous reference materials and documents, and network with therapists with similar backgrounds and/or interests.
EBSCOhost: Free, unlimited access to a database of almost 600 peer-reviewed journals devoted to the fields of psychology and the behavioral sciences. Members can view and print full-text articles, not just the summaries or abstracts.
Job Board: CAMFT's job board connects members with daily job postings for employment and internships throughout California on the CAMFT website and in TheTherapist.
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
CAMFT is a strong and successful professional membership association. The organization is financially sound with healthy reserves; membership represents a very high percentage of the MFT population in California, and CAMFT is by far the largest association of MFTs in the country. Members value the legal consultation services, educational resources and the organization’s achievements in legislative and policy advocacy efforts. CAMFT provides vital ongoing professional networking opportunities, and does critical work to raise the visibility and understanding of the profession amongst the public at large.
The next Executive Director will be leading a seasoned and talented staff of committed professionals, many of whom have been with the Association for over a decade. The work environment is collegial, informal and collaborative. Staff support one another and share an “all hands on deck” mentality.
The Board of Directors is seeking a creative and experienced association executive to maintain the organization’s strength, while working with the Board and members to chart a strategic course for the future. The future for CAMFT is bright. There is nothing broken at the Association and no crisis for the new Executive Director to tackle. The board wants steady and incremental change so that CAMFT can continue to provide vital services for members and advocate effectively on behalf of the MFT profession.
The new Executive Director will ensure that CAMFT continues its strong work in advocacy and in the provision of highly valued legal services. In addition, the Executive Director will work with the Board to increase the quality and diversity of professional development programs, amplify the LMFT voice as reflected in member communications, and ensure a greater percentage of members are participating in chapter- and state-wide activities.
Leadership Search Partners is conducting this search on an exclusive basis on behalf of California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists. Interested candidates should visit the LSP website for a complete position specification and application instructions.
Additional Salary Information: A highly competitive compensation and benefits package will be made available to the qualified candidate.
About California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
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