As president of the Los Angeles Chapter of CAMFT, I invite you to become part of a growing and vibrant community of therapists. Living and practicing therapy in Los Angeles County has a unique set of assets and challenges. We are rich in resources; home to outstanding universities and training centers offering the broadest spectrum of psychotherapy’s many theoretic orientations. We are culturally and ethnically diverse and have an abundance of research hospitals, treatment centers, community agencies and individual and group practices. That said, we are spread far and wide across a daunting urban landscape, and separated by prohibitively jammed freeways that make it difficult to associate with colleagues unless they practice nearby. And though Los Angeles may offer us unparalleled opportunities, the massive quantity of information and abundance of resources that surround us can be overwhelming.
This is where LA-CAMFT comes in. LA-CAMFT provides a regular gathering place for networking opportunities; a place to meet colleagues who can help you navigate the distance and manage the overload, find a supervisor, an internship, or an office. LA-CAMFT is a forum for continuing education via speakers at our monthly events and special workshops. LA-CAMFT provides the infrastructure and support to special interest groups that reflect the rich diversity of our membership. Whether you are a licensed MFT, pre-licensed student or intern, or associate psychotherapist, I wholeheartedly welcome you to our community of compassionate professionals and sincerely hope you will make it yours.
Thank you for taking the time to visit us, we hope to see you soon!
Jenni J.V. Wilson, LMFT
Psychotherapy can be transformative in a democratic society, and can open intellectual inquiry that, at its best, influences and results in lasting positive change. In recognition of our shared humanity and concern for our community and world, LA-CAMFT loudly and overtly disavows all racism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, classism, ableism, ageism, and hate speech or actions that attempt to silence, threaten, and degrade others. We in LA-CAMFT leadership hereby affirm our solidarity with those individuals and groups most at risk and further declare that embracing diversity and fostering inclusivity are central to the mission of our organization.
As mental health professionals, we value critical reasoning, evidence-based arguments, self-reflection, and the imagination. We hope to inspire empathy, advocate for social and environmental justice, and provide an ethical framework for our clients, our community, and ourselves.
We in LA-CAMFT leadership are committed to:
(1) the recognition, respect, and affirmation of differences among peoples
(2) challenging oppression and structural and procedural inequities that exist in society, generally, and in local therapeutic, agency, and academic settings
(3) offering diverse programming content and presenters throughout our networking event calendar, as well as in our workshops, trainings, and special events
While we traverse the turbulent seas of the important and necessary changes taking place in our country, in order to form a “more perfect union", we wish to convey our belief that within our community exists an immense capacity for hope. We believe in and have seen how psychotherapy, therapeutic relationships, and mental health professions can be agents of positive change, without ignoring or denying that the practice and business of psychiatry, psychology, and psychotherapy have historically been the cause of great harm, trauma, and emotional toll, particularly for people of color and other marginalized groups. We are committed to doing our part to help remedy that which we have the position, privilege, and/or resources to do so.
At LA-CAMFT events, all members are welcome regardless of race/ethnicity, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, disabilities, religion, regional background, Veteran status, citizenship, status, nationality and other diverse identities that we each bring to our professions. We expect that leadership and members will promote an atmosphere of respect for all members of our community.
In a diverse community, the goal of inclusiveness encourages and appreciates expressions of different ideas, opinions, and beliefs, so that potentially divisive conversations and interactions become opportunities for intellectual and personal growth. LA-CAMFT leadership wants to embrace this opportunity to create and maintain inclusive and safe spaces for all of our members, free of bias, discrimination, and harassment, where people will be treated with respect and dignity and where all individuals are provided equitable opportunity to participate, contribute, and succeed.
We value your voice in this process. If you feel that our leadership or programming falls short of this commitment, we encourage you to get involved, and to begin a dialogue with those in leadership. It is undeniable that the success of LA-CAMFT relies on the participation, support, and understanding of all its members.
Wishing good health to you and yours, may you find yourself centered in feelings of abundance, safety, belonging, and peace.
The LA-CAMFT Board of Directors and Diversity Committee