Membership FAQs

 

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Who can become a member?

Membership in LA-CAMFT is open to all licensed and pre-licensed MFTs in Los Angeles, provided they are members of the state organization as well. Associate membership is also open to all individuals who have joined the state organization and are practitioners in a related field.

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How do I sign up for a new membership?

  1. First, you must join the state organization, CAMFT, by clicking here.
  2. Next, click here to go to the “New Member Application” page (located in the “Members” menu).
  3. Select the desired membership level and click the “Next” button at the bottom right of the page.
  4. Enter your email and the Code as displayed (this is for security reasons).
  5. Click the “Next” button
  6. Complete the Member Application. If you do not want information to show in the directory, leave the field blank. However, we do require your name, email, phone and mailing address. Your mailing address will not show and you have the option of excluding your email or phone from the directory, see “How to hide your email or phone number in your public Directory profile” at the bottom or the page.
  7. Click “Yes” for “Show My Profile In Therapist Directory” if you want your profile to be displayed in the Therapist, Groups or Supervision Directories. If you don’t want to be shown, select “No”.
  8. The Short Description (199 characters max) is what appears in the initial list of therapists. The Short and the (longer) Description (2950 characters max), appear in your profile. The entry fields are small so it’s best to create the text in Word (or another application) and paste it into the field. Word also lets you check the number of characters (with spaces), go to the “Tools” menu and select “Word Count”.

    Note: Under “Areas of Emphasis”, please do not select more than 5 areas. Any selections after the first 5 will be removed (this is done for reasons of fairness to other therapists in the directory). Click HERE for more on why.

    Don’t forget to upload your picture; it makes a difference.

  9. Click “Next” at the very bottom right of the page.
  10. Review and confirm that the information is correct. Click the “Confirm and proceed with payment” button.

    If you would like to pay online, click the “Pay online” button to pay with your credit or debit card.

    If you would like to pay by check you can click on the invoice that was created, print it and mail it to LACAMFT with a check to the address on the invoice.

  11. You will receive emails confirming this transaction. Your new membership will be activated instantly if you paid with a credit or debit card, or when we receive your mailed check.

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What is the difference between CAMFT and LA-CAMFT?

CAMFT is the state organization representing Marriage and Family Therapists. LA-CAMFT is the Los Angeles (local) chapter of CAMFT and is a separate organization which offers continuing education, networking opportunities and more personal contact with colleagues in your geographic area.

Operating funds for the two organizations are entirely separate. You can participate in many of our activities and workshops without being a member of LA-CAMFT, but to receive all the benefits of membership you will need to join LA-CAMFT.

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What is the cost of joining?

We have multiple membership levels with varying fees. Click here to find the best membership level for you.

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What are the benefits of joining?

LA-CAMFT offers opportunities to develop personal and professional relationships with other clinicians, to participate in peer supervision groups, to serve on any of our varied committees, and to learn important strategies for growing your practice. Our regular chapter meetings provide opportunities for CEUs through exciting presentations designed to meet the needs of the Angelino MFT. See more benefits here.

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If I’m a pre-licensed MFT, how does membership benefit me?

We’ve carefully designed our chapter to cater particularly to the pre-licensed MFT through our 3000 Club. This group of dedicated professionals answers the needs of the pre-licensed MFT by hosting informational panels about preparing for the licensing exam, navigating the Department of Mental Health, and working professionally in Los Angeles. Opportunities for mentoring relationships are also a benefit provided by the 3000 Club. This group meets monthly to offer education and support to the up-and-coming therapists of LA-CAMFT. Click here to learn more.

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How long does membership last?

LA-CAMFT membership is an annual membership for 12 months. Your membership begins the day you join or renew and continues for 12 months. LA-CAMFT uses a personalized renewal process, so the anniversary of the date you joined is your renewal date each year.

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Can I join LA-CAMFT mid-year?

Yes! LA-CAMFT offers personalized membership and renewal so you can become a member of LA-CAMFT anytime. Your membership will be for a full year no matter what day you join. Your membership will be up for renewal after 12 months, on the anniversary of the date you joined. Each year your annual membership renewal date will be on the anniversary of the date you joined LA-CAMFT.

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How will I know when it’s time to renew my LA-CAMFT membership?

You’ll receive an email from LA-CAMFT letting you know when it’s time to renew, with a link to renew online.

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Why do you only have 5 areas of emphasis?

This is done in an attempt to keep the list focused on our top specialties and for reasons of fairness to clients and other therapists in the directory.

There are 77 “Areas of Emphasis” on the list and it is tempting to check all the areas we have interest and some expertise in.

Also, we are in a friendly competition with other therapist for clients. If one therapist checked 15 areas and another checked 3 (that are true areas of specialty), the one with 3 would be at a disadvantage. Also, the potential client would not be as well served by this.

So we have set a limit to 5 in an attempt to focus the list. Unfortunately the system does allow you to check more than 5 (something we hope to address). So in the mean time, we will be reviewing the profiles and removing any more than 5 entries.

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Can I attend a chapter meeting without being a member?

Yes! Guests are always welcome, although we do hope you consider membership. There is so much to gain! Reservations must be placed in advance. You can visit our Events page to learn about our upcoming programs.

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If I am unable to attend LA-CAMFT member meetings, will the membership still benefit me?

Yes, you will still enjoy all the other benefits of membership, including a listing on our online therapist directory, opportunities to participate in peer supervision groups, and invitations to attend all of our other programs throughout the year.

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Does LA-CAMFT offer CEUs?

Yes we do! Each of our chapter meetings provides you with the opportunity to gain 2 CEUs by attending important presentations related to practicing marriage and family therapy in Los Angeles. Various workshops we hold throughout the year also offer varying amounts of CEUs. Sign up to be on our mailing list to stay aprised of upcoming events.

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How do I renew my membership?

  1. Click here to login to your profile (the “Member Login” page (located in the “Members” menu).
  2. Click the “Renew until 20xx” button on the right side of the page.
  3. If you like you can review your profile and make any additions or changes you would like. If you do not want information to show in the directory, leave the field blank.
  4. Click on the “Update and next” button.
  5. Review the information and click the “Confirm and proceed with payment” button.

    If you would like to pay online, click the “Pay online” button to pay with your credit or debit card.

    If you would like to pay by check you can click on the invoice that was created, print it and mail it to LACAMFT with a check to the address on the invoice.

  6. You will receive emails confirming this transaction. Your new membership will be updated instantly if you paid with a credit or debit card, or when we receive your mailed check.

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How can I update my profile?

  1. Click here to login to your profile (the “Member Login” page located in the “Members” menu).
  2. To update your profile, Click “Edit profile”
  3. Make any additions or changes you would like. If you do not want information to show in the directory, leave the field blank. However, we do require your name, email, phone and mailing address. Your mailing address will not show and you have the option of excluding your email or phone from the directory, see “How to hide your email or phone number in your public Directory profile” at the bottom or the page.
  4. Click “Yes” for “Show My Profile In Therapist Directory” if you want your profile to be displayed in the Therapist, Groups or Supervision Directories. If you don’t want to be shown, select “No”.
  5. The Short Description (199 characters max) is what appears in the initial list of therapists. The Short and the (longer) Description (2950 characters max), appear in your profile. The entry fields are small so it’s best to create the text in Word (or another application) and paste it into the field. Word also lets you check the number of characters (with spaces), go to the “Tools” menu and select “Word Count”.

    Note: Under “Areas of Emphasis”, please do not select more than 5 areas. Any selections after the first 5 will be removed (this is done for reasons of fairness to other therapists in the directory). Click HERE for more on why.

    Don’t forget to upload your picture; it makes a difference.

  6. Click “Save” at the very bottom left of the My Profile page.
  7. Click “Logout” at the very bottom right of the My Profile page.

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How can I hide information on my profile (email, phone, etc.)

  1. Click here to login to your profile (the “Member Login” page located in the “Members” menu).
  2. Click “Edit profile”
  3. Click “Privacy”
  4. If you do not want to your email to show click “No access” for Email. Or if you only want to be contacted by email, you would click “No access” for Phone (normally if you do not want information to show in the directory, you would leave the field blank, but we require email and phone, so this gives you a way for you to hide it if you prefer).
  5. Please leave the rest of the selections as they are.
  6. Click “Save” at the very bottom left of the My Profile page.
  7. Click “Logout” at the very bottom right of the My Profile page.

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Can I show my social media links on my profile?

For those who wish to include their Social Media information as part of you directory listing we have provide a place to do this. We realize that Social Media is a new area that is being explored by our members, one that has potential benefits and liabilities.

If you DO NOT want this information displayed to the general public, leave these fields blank.

If you would like to show your Facebook Page Link and/or Twitter Handle in the public LA-CAMFT directory listing, enter the information in these fields in your profile.

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I am a former member but haven’t renewed my membership. How do I rejoin?

You can rejoin anytime by filling out the online membership application by clicking here. Your membership will be for a full year from the day you rejoin. Your membership will be up for renewal after 12 months, on the anniversary of the date you rejoined. Each year your annual membership renewal date will be on the anniversary of the date you rejoined LA-CAMFT.

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When and where are the chapter meetings held?

Each month our members meet at the The Olympic Collection on alternating Friday and Saturday mornings, between 8:30 and 11:30am.

Location:
The Olympic Collection
11301 Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Complimentary underground parking is included with registration..
Click here to learn more about our next program. These events tend to sell out, so register early!

Click here to learn more about our next program. These events tend to sell out, so register early!

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How can I get more involved in LA-CAMFT?

We are happy to have your enthusiasm! There are countless ways to become more involved, no matter what kind of time and energy you have to donate. Take a moment to visit our Committees page and learn about the different opportunities for committee participation. There will be a contact person listed for each committee. If you can’t seem to find your perfect fit, email our Volunteer Committee and ask for some more help at lacamftvolunteer@lacamft.org.

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