MARIN CAMFT CONNECTIONS
July Aug Sept 2023
With summer upon us and the year half over, I have so much gratitude for this community. I know many of us have begun or are beginning our summers, so I will make this short.
Please save the date for Marin CAMFT's annual Fall Membership Celebration on Sunday, October 8th from 4-7pm - more details to come!
Call for Nominations to the 2024 Board of Directors. To nominate yourself or someone else, email email@example.com Some of the open positions include: President Elect, Pre-Licensed Director, and Community Service Director. Email with any questions.
Thank you to our wonderful members who have responded to the call for micro-volunteers! We have some exciting things in the works, including an opportunity described below to work on updating our by-laws. And thank you to the current Board of Directors - Adam Cohen, Lauren Ogren, Nicole Lako, Bonnie Kaufman, Norman Hering, Jennifer Agostinelli, Rachel Barr and Katharine Spencer!
Have a safe summer everyone and we look forward to seeing all of you in the Fall at the Membership Celebration!
President, Marin CAMFT
Marin CAMFT continues to stay involved with the work towards a productive resolution with CAMFT about the harmful letter to the editor that was printed in the March/April The Therapist publication.
We want to affirm our stance at Marin CAMFT that we adhere to and abide by the well-supported standards and practices of licensed marriage and family therapists that Gender Affirming Care is the standard of care to be given to all those seeking mental health care. Marin CAMFT has featured many speakers on transgender issues over the years, and earlier this year made arrangements for our Law & Ethics trainings to be specifically focused on care for the transgender community. Please join us on October 21 for our Law & Ethics trainings on the ethics of gender-affirmative counseling and writing letters for gender transition.
We stand with current research and standards of care from the American Psychological Association, American Medical Association, Human Rights Campaign, and moreand are continuing to ask CAMFT to follow suit.
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
Two 3-CE Law & Ethics trainings:
Saturday, October 21, 2023
9:00am - 12:30pm and 1:00pm - 4:30pm PT
Register for one or both.
Marin CAMFT's Board of Directors is updating our by-laws, and we are looking for a few volunteers to help out with this process. The by-laws of an organization represent the framework for how it is run, and should embody its mission, values and philosophy into the basic procedures needed to ensure continuity of operations and sustainability over time. The by-laws capture the set of rules that define how the chapter is run.
The project to update the by-laws has already begun, and we are focusing on two main areas: First, revising outmoded language to reflect equity (e.g., more inclusive use of pronouns, replacing the term "intern"). And second, reviewing the governance policies and protocols, such as ensuring that all chapter business such as meetings and voting can be done virtually by online meetings and email instead of mandating in-person and USPS-mail communications. We are also examining which membership levels are able to vote for which offices, and other such procedural functions. We are in need of a few members who can devote 2 or 3 hours per month in September and October for meetings to review and discuss possible changes, in order to get a proposed draft ready for submission to the full membership for a vote, planned in conjunction with the annual election in November. No previous experience with board operations or writing by-laws is necessary, though it would be a bonus if you have that to offer. We are very interested in gaining input from our members, as we are a membership organization and the by-laws need to reflect your wishes for how Marin CAMFT should operate.
Interested? Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help out with the By-Laws Committee.
Marin CAMFT takes a break from hosting trainings in July and August.
Details and registration for Fall CE events to be announced soon. The line-up includes:
Our online Events Calendar always has the latest information.
JOIN OUR CONTINUING EDUCATION COMMITTEE
get involved with putting on the great programming we are able to offer through this chapter?
Please join our next CE Committee Meeting on Zoom on Friday, September 29th from 10:30 to 11:30 AM.
Please contact Marin CAMFT's Director of Programs Norman Hering at email@example.com for more information and to get the Zoom link.
Did you miss a recent training? Many of our events are available as audio programs in the Marin CAMFT Podcast Library. Recent additions include:
If you are a Marin CAMFT member, you can log on at marincamft.org and go to the Members Only section, then choose Podcast Library. Not a member?We would love to have you join!
We wanted to put the word out about upcoming vacancies on the Board of Directors, in case you might be interested in taking on a role with the leadership team of Marin CAMFT. We are looking for volunteers to serve in the following positions starting in January 2024:
President-Elect: Supports the current leadership for a year, then steps into the President role the following year. Marin CAMFT is actively seeking candidates for this position.
Secretary: Our current Secretary Bonnie Kaufman is interested in continuing on (thanks Bonnie!), however technically the election is open for other candidates too. Takes care of minutes and agendas for monthly Board meetings. Two-year position.
Director of Programs: Our current Programs Director Norman Hering has volunteered to continue in this role (thanks Norman!) and other candidates are also welcome. Handles our Continuing Education calendar by working with the CE Committee and Board to recruit speakers for our monthly CE events and trainings. Two-year position.
Director of Marketing: Our current Marketing Director Rachel Barr is interested in continuing on (thanks Rachel!) and other candidates may also volunteer to go up for election. Supports the chapter with outreach, promotion, and special initiatives. Two-year position.
Director of Community: Works with the different committees and teams, such as the Trauma Response team, the Scholarship Committee, and the Diversity Committee. Not currently filled. Two-year position.
Director of Pre-Licensed: Our current Pre-Licensed Director Katharine Spencer is stepping down after 2 years (thanks for your service, Katharine!), so this position is open for other candidates to run. One-year term, position open to pre-licensed members.
If you'd like more information on any of these, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and our current Board Members would be happy to speak with you further. Candidate statements will be collected starting in September, to prepare for our annual election to be held in November. The new term starts on January 1st. We are so grateful for the service of Marin CAMFT's existing Board members and can't wait to hear the new ideas that the next Board brings in!
Students, Trainees, and Associates, look for more events in the Fall.
The Marin CAMFT 3,000-Hour Club is a supportive community meeting regularly on Zoom and in person to connect, build community and support each other on this journey to licensure. We had a lovely picnic in early June and it was great to see everyone in person again. We are taking a break for the summer, so you can be on the lookout for invitations for fall meetings down the road.
Remember: Membership in Marin CAMFT is free for all pre-licensed associates, trainees and students.
Contact Katharine Spencer, Pre-Licensed Director-At-Large, to learn more about events and opportunities for the pre-licensed community: email@example.com
MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO GET INVOLVED WITH MARIN CAMFT!
Interested in supporting the local Marin community in the event of disaster or crisis? Come join the Marin CAMFT Trauma Response Team.
The Trauma Response Team meets on the third Friday of most months on Zoom. For more information and to RSVP to attend,
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