The Monterey County Chapter of the California Association of Marriage Family Therapists (MC-CAMFT) has been active since 1989. Our chapter is comprised of over 160 licensed, associate and pre-licensed members who provide services to individuals, couples, families and groups regarding relationship issues.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) have a Masters degree and are licensed by the State Board of Behavioral Sciences. Licensure requires passing two written examinations and 3000 hours of supervised internship.
If you are considering joining MC-CAMFT we invite you to read over the many benefits that chapter membership provides. We are proud of the very active chapter we have in Monterey County and of the generous spirit of its members. Being a therapist can be a lonely and isolating profession. If you want a sense of community, camaraderie and support for the important work you are doing, this is place to meet other therapists in our area.
We also provide a chance to have fun and socialize with like-minded people. Becoming a Board member is also an excellent way to jump-start your involvement in the local therapist community.
MC-CAMFT benefits include:
Monthly Luncheons and Programs
Our chapter meetings are held on the second Friday of the month nine months of the year. For upcoming events, schedule, and details see the Event Calendar. At each of the monthly luncheon meetings we feature a guest speaker sharing expertise on topics of interest to therapists. MC-CAMFT members receive a discounted luncheon fee and CEUs are available for an additional nominal fee. Monthly meetings are an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues, trade business cards, distribute flyers, announce events, expand your professional referral base and meet new clinicians in the area.
The MC-CAMFT newsletter offers:
- Chapter news and views
- Reviews of the previous month's speaker/program
- Previews of upcoming monthly speaker programs
- Member Spotlights
- Book reviews by members
- Notices of events offered by members
- Listings of support/therapy/professional groups offered by members
- Articles by members of professional value
Members are encouraged to submit articles or book reviews. The newsletter is published ten times a year. Members may choose to receive it by mail or via email (the "green" option). Members can also access current and previous issues of the newsletter on this website
Member Directory and Referral Guide
The directory includes professional listings of all MC-CAMFT members including contact information, areas of focus, languages spoken, clinical orientation, populations served, and groups offered. This information is available on our website in a searchable format using Find a Therapist.
A print version of the directory is published every other year and is scheduled to be published in early 2011. It will be distributed to all members and to community agencies, doctors, schools and other interested organizations. Opportunities for advertising in the directory are also available to members for a reduced fee and to the public as well.
Our website provides you with an Internet link to your chapter and professional community. The Find a Therapist feature enables prospective clients to locate a therapist by name, areas of focus, languages spoken, office locations, population served, clinical orientation and groups offered. Other features include
- Online member registration and renewal
- Online event calendar
- Current and previous editions of the newsletter
- Board meeting minutes for members
- Forums for members to communicate with each other
Pre-Licensed Member Services
Prelicensed members receive the following benefits:
Reduced membership fee
Reduced fee for luncheons
- Training hours for luncheon programs
- Referrals to licensed therapist members offering reduced fees to prelicensed members
- An active prelicensed committee assisting with intern placement suggestions and recommendations
- Opportunities to network with fellow interns and experienced therapists in the community
Each Fall we host an all day workshop and bring in outstanding speakers. We are hosting CAMFT Attorney Dave Jensen this year on Friday, October 12, 2012 who will present one of his four legal & ethical workshops with his usual delightful humor.
Mailing Labels, Advertising and Classified Ads
Members of the chapter and other professionals in the community are able to buy chapter mailing labels. The price for members is significantly less than for non-members. Members may also advertise in the newsletter via ads or flyers. Advertising is available for other organizations, individuals and agencies who are interested in publicizing information, services, events relevant to psychotherapy.
Other Programs and Events
From time to time, special events and programs are hosted by our chapter. We have hosted a panel of family law attorneys and therapists, and more recently an evening member speaker series to accommodate those members unable to attend the Friday luncheon meetings. Each December we host a holiday party offering an opportunity for members to socialize in a more casual and celebratory atmosphere.
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