Los Angeles Chapter  California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists


Voices — May 2022

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  • 04/30/2022 11:00 PM | Mike Johnsen (Administrator)

    Leanne Nettles, LMFT
    President, LA-CAMFT

    Community x3: Pandemic Connection

    For part 3 of my Community-focused President’s Message series, I’d like to focus on the community aspect of DEI (Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion) that often goes ignored: belonging. See the March and April 2022 Voices Newsletters for my President’s Messages on Community Mental Health and rebuilding community in a time of social distancing during the pandemic. 

    In many California MFT grad programs, students are required to become a member of state-wide CAMFT. Then comes learning about the smaller chapters throughout the state which one can also join. In all honesty, I remember initially enrolling in both my state and local chapter, sticking with it for a few years after graduation, and then eventually pausing to consider, “Is this right for me? Is investing my money into this organization worthwhile? Is this a space where I truly belong?” Over the years, I have heard many other therapists ponder those same questions. And for many, the conclusion they have come to is “No. I don’t belong here.

    Why is that? As I’ve explored this question of belonging with others, common themes have arisen. Significantly, I have heard people share their perspectives that CAMFT and its chapters are heavily focused on one demographic of people, one style of therapeutic practice, and is not as inclusive as it should be. Thus, when therapists don’t see those like themselves and their work being represented within the organization, they feel they don’t belong. While it would be simple to dismiss this perspective as individual opinions and continue business-as-usual, LA-CAMFT believes it is important to truly listen to this important feedback, examine inward, and do something about it!

    Authors Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy describe it this way: "Diversity is having a seat at the table, inclusion is having a voice, and belonging is having that voice be heard." (https://www.glassdoor.com/employers/blog/what-is-diversity-inclusion-and-belonging/).

    Just having differently-colored faces in a room is NOT enough to truly embody Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging. We are an organization that values ALL in the therapeutic community. And I want to shout out loud that YOU BELONG!! But I understand actions speak louder than words. So here is some of what we’ve been doing to make LA-CAMFT a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive space where people can truly feel they belong:

    • Pressing into our action plan that was created in collaboration with the Los Angeles therapeutic community to address areas of historic inequity in the field.
    • Remaining committed to continue our Anti-Racism Roundtable series this year.
    • Partnering with other CAMFT chapters to increase DEI development throughout California.
    • Improved membership applications to include more inclusive language. (https://lacamft.org/LA-CAMFT-Member-Application)
    • Rolled out an unprecedented mentorship program for therapists of color, by therapists of color. (https://lacamft.org/Therapist-of-Color-Mentorship-Program)
    • Offering ongoing Therapist of Color Support Group at no cost. (https://lacamft.org/event-4665698)
    • Offering ongoing Black Therapist Support Group at no cost. (https://lacamft.org/event-4665721)
    • Offering ongoing White Therapists Anti-racist Group. (https://lacamft.org/Voices-November-2021/11575660)
    • Developing Asian Therapist Support Group.
    • Planning Middle Eastern Therapist Support Group.
    • Revamping LGBTQ+ Special Interest Group.
    • Initiated and awarded 4 pre-licensed members through our ongoing Therapist of Color Grant program to increase equity and accessibility into the field. (https://lacamft.org/LA-CAMFT-Grant-Award-(June-2022))
    • Creating initiatives to increase access for therapists in Community Mental Health.
    • Ensuring topics and presenters for networking events are increasingly diverse.
    • Hosting fun gatherings in-person and online to increase community connection.
    • Emphasizing diversity in thought, experience, and representation in the LA-CAMFT Board and leadership.

    On Friday, May 20th, we will also be hosting a CE event on the topic of Liberation Psychology from Dr. Edil Torres Rivera, Ph.D. Please consider joining! You can register at www.lacamft.org. 

    As our guiding principle, we boldly stand behind LA-CAMFT’s Declaration of Inclusion, Diversity, and Anti-Racism (https://lacamft.org/page-1670057):

    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 always, we can’t do any of this without all of our amazing volunteers! If you would like to learn more about how you can volunteer on a small or large scale to help foster true belonging for everyone in the therapeutic community, please reach out to me at president@lacamft.org. You can also contact our Diversity Committee at diversitycommittee@lacamft.org, and our Special Interest Groups at sigchair@lacamft.org.

    Your voice matters! And you belong here. We welcome your culturally authentic self :)

    Until next time, blessings, 

    Leanne Nettles

    Leanne Nettles, LMFT is a School-based Clinical Program Manager in a community-mental health agency and an Adjunct Professor at Pacific Oaks College. She specializes in child and adolescent therapy, while practicing and supervising from a systemic and structural therapy approach. Leanne works to advocate for cultural diversity and equity within the field, and is passionate about training quality mental health professionals to serve low income, historically disenfranchised communities using a team-based, collaborative approach.

  • 04/30/2022 10:30 PM | Mike Johnsen (Administrator)

    LA-CAMFT May 2022 ONLINE Presentation
    including Q&A

    Friday, May 20, 2022

    9:00 am-11:00 am (PT)

    Via Zoom

    2.0 CEUs

    Liberation Psychology:
    Beyond Rhetorical Arguments and Technological Activism

    Edil Torres Rivera, Ph.D.

    While the use of liberation psychology principles has been linked to the social justice movement, in a number of cases the movement seems limited to criticizing mainstream counseling and the methodological processes we use to gain knowledge, in particular how data is obtained and analyzed. Very little has been studied about the underlying psychic and spiritual effects of colonial power. This presentation will focus on the impact of these powers and the application of liberation psychology to personal mental health through individual, family, and group therapy.

    Event Details: 
    Friday, May 20, 2022, 9:00 am-11:00 am (PT)

    Where: Online Via Zoom
    After you register you will be emailed a Zoom link the Thursday before the presentation.

    More information and register today by clicking the Register Here button below.

    Register Here

  • 04/30/2022 10:00 PM | Mike Johnsen (Administrator)

    Lynne Azpeitia,
    LMFT

    Voices Editor

    Getting Paid: Networking, Marketing &
    Referrals 
    Tips, Information & Encouragement
    for Filling Up Your Practice

    Spring’s here and Summer’s on its way. I bet you could use some tips, inspiration, and encouragement to get your networking and marketing going so that you can fill your practice. So, let’s get right to it!

    1. Set Aside Time for Networking and Marketing.
      It really doesn’t matter what you do for networking and marketing, but you have to do something. Since you have to do something, only do the things you like! Of course, you will have to try things out to see what you like. Keep in mind that it’s okay to make things up to do.

      Tip: Track what’s working and then do more of it—repeat what works. Quit what doesn’t work or work well enough.

    2. Networking is simply making professional friends and acquaintances. 
      Don’t wait for opportunities to come to you, make yourself targeted opportunities. When going to a networking event or a lunch or meeting, decide on your networking goals before you arrive: Who do you want to meet and talk with? How many new people do you want to get to know?

      Tip: Read 
      How I Came to View Networking Events as Social Meetups

      Tip:
       Make list of 10 contacts you want to meet—people you want to know or be known by in your community. Then find ways to meet and develop mutually beneficial relationships with them.

      Tip: Find others who might be in contact with or serving your ideal client from other professions; find allied professionals who serve your client population or ideal client. Get to know them and let them get to know you, the services you offer, and the type of work you do.

    3. Marketing is what you do to help clients—and referral sources—find you, and to get clients coming to you instead of you running after them.

      Remember that people are not going to look hard to find you or to find out more about you. Make it easy for them.

      Tip: Follow the Two Golden Rules of Therapist Marketing: 

      1.) Make the act of marketing energy producing instead of energy draining
      2.) Only do marketing activities that fit for you, your client population, your type of practice or service—and ALWAYS within legal & ethical guidelines.

      Tip: When clients go to your website, directory listing, and social media pages, what they are really looking for is: Who are you? What can you do for me? How can I contact you? Make sure your content on your website, directory listing, and social media pages addresses that.

      Tip: To market effectively, you need to know two things: what you offer and who needs what you offer. 

      Think about what you want to be known for, the treatment options you want to be known for, and the target populations you want to attract as clients. Share this content in a way that will get it—and you and your practice—noticed and that will help you build your practice.
    1. Referrals
      Don’t just rely upon clients, friends, colleagues, or potential referral sources to automatically know that you welcome their referrals. It’s up to you to let them know and to educate them about who are good referrals for you and your practice.

      Tip: Directly mention that you welcome referrals by using a brief, and thoughtfully scripted, phrase or statement. This can produce significant results for your practice. You can say things like:
    • “My practice is built on referrals, and I would welcome any potential clients that you think would be good for me to work with.”
    • “I would appreciate it if you passed my name on to anyone that you feel I could help.”
    • “Please don’t hesitate to mention my name to others you think I might be able to help.”
    Okay, reading time is up. Now it’s time to get out there and increase your visibility in the community so that your new clients can find you when they need you! Happy practice-filling.

    Lynne Azpeitia, LMFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, is in private practice in Santa Monica where she works with Couples and Gifted, Talented, and Creative Adults across the lifespan. Lynne’s been doing business and clinical coaching with mental health professionals for more than 15 years, helping professionals develop even more successful careers and practices. To learn more about her in-person and online services, workshops or monthly no-cost Online Networking & Practice Development Lunch visit www.Gifted-Adults.com or www.LAPracticeDevelopment.com.

  • 04/30/2022 9:30 PM | Mike Johnsen (Administrator)





    Van Ethan Levy,
    LMFT, LPCC

    Yes, You Will Work with Trans or Non Binary Clients and Their Loved Ones at Some Point: What Therapists Need to Know  

    Just like most people entering therapy, trans, non binary, and many more non cis folx are not only entering therapy to address and/or explore gender/identity. We are often looking to build coping skills, learn to regulate, unlearn internalized harmful messages, stop self-gaslighting, find the power we possess within, differentiate between systematic oppression versus self-blame, and so much more. 

    Like most other people, as trans, non binary, and many more non cis identities folx enter into therapy, we are often seeking someone to help us understand ourselves. However, we often lack the awareness that the person providing us care may not have the ability to provide this type of support, due to the lack of competent training that mental health providers have access to in unlearning our internalized transphobia.  

    Oftentimes therapists have the mentality that they are safe for all people despite race, color, abilities, class, and so much more. This mentality can be harmful when, as professionals, our privilege prevents us from creating a safer space for others.  

    We ALL—including trans, non binary people—have internalized transphobia, since we absorb the messaging of the society in which we live. 

    We all constantly engage in micro/macroaggressions, and the majority of the time we are not aware of the harm that it is causing. In fact, when we exist in a mentality that we are a safe person, that is the moment that we are certainly a person who is causing harm because our privilege and ego prevent us from being aware that we are causing harm. 

    A couple of years ago, I wrote a short article, Navigating Mental Health As A Trans & Non Binary Person, addressing the ways in which traversing the mental health field as a trans, non binary, and many more non cis identities person can be incredibly difficult.  

    Rather than repeating information that is there, click on the link to read/access the information. Once you have read the article, please circle back to continue reading the rest of this one.  

    Here are some things you can do as a therapist when working with trans and non binary and many more non cis identities clients:

    1. Trust the client who is trusting you enough to share or not share.
       
    2. Believe our realities as people and do not question them. Do not question our realities as people by saying things along the lines of, “Are you sure that is what this person meant?” Rather, believe what we are sharing with you. 

    3. Remember that oftentimes there is no solution and trying to find or help us find a solution is not always viable. Instead, holding that space of pain, fear, anger, and so much more is what is healing. 

      For instance, I, as a non binary person whose pronouns are “they,” in English, and “elle,” in Spanish, will always be misgendered—on the phone, in the store, at a restaurant—no matter where I go. 

      Holding that pain, suffering, anger, and much more, is what is going to be affirming and create a safer space for me. Attempting to find a solution and/or challenging an experience that a mental health provider may label as a “cognitive distortion,” on the other hand, is painful and harmful. My cognitions are not “distortions,” my realities are real, and I have every right to feel any and all emotions every time it happens, even with the knowledge that it will always happen.

    4. Do your own internal work to address the anxiety, discomfort, and much more, that comes up when engaging with a client who you may feel “had no solutions,” “is unwilling to accept,” or “change thought patterns,” “is someone who has another crisis of the week,” or so many other harmful labels that are given that are the antithesis of empathy.

    5. Know that that we as therapists really know nothing, even within what we know It is our clients who will always know what is best for them. Even if we are not able to be aware of how the person’s understandings and/or engagements are what is best for the client, know that that person is the one who knows. 

    6. Know that trans, non binary, and many more non cis folx may regularly experience suicidal ideations, sometimes even on a daily basis. This does not mean that a therapist needs to jump to a 5150 or institutionalization, which can add more trauma and harm especially for folx who have been historically marginalized. 
    Instead, safety plan.  

    Safety plans are more than just who to call. They are about what creates safety for the person. This can look like finding beverages that are comforting to the person, safer people, safer clothes, safer spaces, comforting temperatures, supportive textures, or regulating noises. Lean into the sense that tends to be soothing for the client, and expand on that to have a working list that the person can take to utilize. 

    Base the safety plan on what the person has shared, not on what you perceive is best for the person.  

    That includes things with which you may not agree, like smoking pot, masturbating, engaging in an orgy, and/or other forms in which the person consistently finds comfort and safety, does not worsen their experience, and does not create non-consensual harm for others. 

    Therapy is not about inserting ourselves and beliefs into the experiences of others. Therapy is about meeting clients where they are at and providing a safer and consistent landing space. The more we take ourselves, our assumptions, and our “knowledge” out of the equation, the more we can truly be that space.

    Van Ethan Levy, MA, LMFT, LPCC, (they) (elle), a trans and non-binary therapist, is a queer, non binary, trans, socialized as female, nBPOC (not Black Person of Color), who is autistic, and has dynamic disabilities amongst many more historically excluded identities. Van provides consultations and trainings on trans and non binary identities, is the organizer of the upcoming 2022 Virtual International Do Something: Identity(ies) Conference, authored the interactive book, Exploring My Identity(ies), and produced the Documentary, Do Something: Trans & Non Binary Identities, Website: VanEthanLevy.com
  • 04/30/2022 8:45 PM | Mike Johnsen (Administrator)

    LA-CAMFT Diversity Committee
    Presents:

    Therapists of Color Support Group

    Sunday, May 8, 2022

    Second Sunday of Every Month

    11:00 am-1:00 pm

    Via Zoom

    Therapists of Color Support Group

    A safe place to receive peer support and process experiences of racism (systemic, social, and internalized), discrimination, implicit bias, racist injury, aggression, and micro-aggressions, along with additional experiences that therapists of color encounter in the field of mental health.

    Open to LA-CAMFT Members and Non-Members
    Second Sunday of Each Month
    Location: Zoom Meeting

    For more information, contact the LA-CAMFT Diversity Committee at DiversityCommittee@lacamft.org.

    Event Details: 

    For:
    Licensed Therapists, Associates, and Students

    Event Details: 
    Sunday, May 8, 2022, 11:00 am-1:00 pm (PT)
    Time of Check-In: 10:50 am

    Where: 
    Online Via Zoom
    Once you have registered for the presentation, we will email you a link to Zoom a few days before the presentation.

    Cost:
    No Charge

    Online Registration CLOSES on the day of the event.

    Questions about Registration? Contact Diversity Committee, diversitycommittee@lacamft.org.

    Register Here


    In diversity there is beauty
    and there is strength.

    Maya Angelou

  • 04/30/2022 8:30 PM | Mike Johnsen (Administrator)

    Leanne Nettles, LMFT
    President, LA-CAMFT

    Call for Volunteers: We Need You! 

    Here at LA-CAMFT, we couldn’t function without the hard work, energy, and efforts of amazing people who volunteer their time to bring quality programming to the Los Angeles mental health therapeutic community. We’ve got a lot of incredible things in store, but we need more people who share our passion to help bring these things to fruition! 

    Are you organized? Collaborative? Work well independently and within a team? Have a passion for social justice? Then WE NEED YOU! Here are some of the areas we’re looking for volunteers to assist, on large and small scales. Do you have interests or strengths in any of these areas?:

    • Advertising and promotion of the chapter and our resources
    • Recruiting and interacting with membership
    • Tech-savvy organization managing calendars and email communications
    • Social Media presence and content development
    • Finance management and budgeting
    • Coordinating and hosting presenters and CEU workshops
    • Planning professional networking events
    • Community feedback and creation of online surveys
    • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging initiatives
    • Online Support Group Facilitation
    • Special Interest Groups (e.g. Somatic therapy, LGBTQ+)
    • Mentorship
    • Community Mental Health connections and support
    • College MFT programs outreach
    JOIN US!! If you’re interested in getting more involved, even on a small or short-term scale, please reach out to me, Leanne Nettles, at president@lacamft.org. Looking forward to having you join us in making a difference serving the Los Angeles therapeutic community!
  • 04/30/2022 7:30 PM | Mike Johnsen (Administrator)

    LA-CAMFT Diversity Committee
    Presents:

    Black Therapist Support Group

    First Saturday of Every Month

    Next Meeting:
    Saturday, May 7, 2022
    12:00 pm-1:30 pm (PT)

    Online Via Zoom

    Black Therapist Support Group

    A safe place for healing, connection, support and building community. In this group, licensed clinicians, associates and students can come together and process experiences of racism (systemic, social, and internalized), discrimination, implicit bias, and micro-aggressions, along with additional experiences that therapists of African descent encounter in the field of mental health. As the late great Maya Angelou once said, “As soon as healing takes place, go out and heal someone else.” May this space, be the support needed to facilitate that journey.

    Open to LA-CAMFT Members and Non-Members

    First Saturday of Each Month
    Location: Zoom Meeting

    For more information contact Akiah Robinson Selwa, LMFT at aselwa@sunrisetherapycenter.org.

    Event Details: 

    For:
    Licensed Therapists, Associates, and Students

    Event Details: 
    Saturday, May 7, 2022, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm (PT)
    Time of Check-In: 11:50 am

    Where: 
    Online Via Zoom
    Once you have registered for the presentation, we will email you a link to Zoom a few days before the presentation.

    Cost:
    No Charge

    Online Registration CLOSES on the date of the event.
    (Registration is open and available until the group ends.)

    Questions about Registration? Contact  Diversity Committee, diversitycommittee@lacamft.org.

    Register Here

  • 04/30/2022 6:30 PM | Mike Johnsen (Administrator)






    Andrew Susskind,
    LCSW, SEP, CGP

    Sexual Health in the Age of Sex Addiction (Part 2)

    In Part One we learned about a teenager named Charlie whose relationship with porn became his secret life. Now let’s take a look at a few action steps that Charlie might consider to develop a more satisfying and pleasurable sex life.

    1. Know that your brain and body need to recalibrate after years of viewing pornographic images. It will take up to a year to physiologically shift from images on a screen to a real person in front of you. Be patient and know that you’re exploring the unexplored part of you—your sexual self.
    2. If you experience erectile problems without the use of porn, speak to your physician or a sexual health professional who can walk you through some steps to get to know your body again. This process may take time but know that you have not done any permanent damage.
    3. Sex therapists and sex coaches are trained to focus on sexual health issues. Sex addiction therapists are trained to focus on compulsive sexual behaviors. Ideally, find someone who is certified in both areas. They are not always easy to find but it will be worth it to interview several candidates to find someone you feel you can discuss even the most sensitive and vulnerable areas of your sexuality. When sexual expression becomes secretive and shameful, it tends to only get worse without professional help. Find the very best support in your area or possibly on-line.
    4. With the help of your therapist, moderate your problematic porn behavior to see if it’s possible to decrease the amount and frequency of porn you’re consuming. If that doesn’t work, take more drastic measures such as asking a tech-savvy friend to block all porn sites on all of your devices.
    5. Once your porn sites are blocked, use your computer and phone for safe, productive uses. Join chat communities focusing on those who have a problematic relationship with porn. Read articles about the physiological and sexual effects related to excessive porn use. Find others who have stories of healing and hope.
    6. Consider twelve-step support if you and your therapist identify your issue as compulsive and persistent. Attend at least six different meetings in-person or on-line in order to find out which meetings resonate for you. You are biologically wired for connection, and 12-step communities provide a sense of belonging based on sharing a similar problem.
    7. Read books related to your problem. The Porn Trap by Larry and Wendy Maltz is a solid resource to consider, and my recent book It’s Not About the Sex also addresses the underlying issues you may be facing.
    8. Once your compulsivity has slowed down, ask your therapist to help you develop a Sexual Health Vision. What does sexual pleasure mean to you? What would feel more satisfying, fun and liberating? Allow plenty of time and soul searching to develop your vision of sexual health.
    9. Go to a men’s group with an emphasis on sexual health. You will find others who identify as being in recovery from various types of compulsive sexual behavior, and the focus will be about finding your true sexual voice and helping others do the same. Group therapy offers its members a powerful opportunity to build shame resiliency and camaraderie.
    Sexual health is often overlooked, yet it’s just as significant as mental health, emotional health, physical health and spiritual health. Because puritanical ideas of sex are still pervasive in American culture and sometimes in the twelve-step rooms, exploring your sexual health is a courageous path of self-discovery as you find your true self beyond out of control sexual behaviors.

    Reprint June 19, 2020, Westside Post.

    Andrew Susskind, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Somatic Experiencing and Brainspotting Practitioner and Certified Group Psychotherapist based in West Los Angeles since 1992, specializing in trauma and addictions, and he has mentored associates in his private practice since 1997. His recent book, It’s Not About the Sex: Moving from Isolation to Intimacy after Sexual Addiction (Central Recovery Press, June 2019) joins his workbook, From Now On: Seven Keys to Purposeful Recovery, which was released in 2014.

  • 04/30/2022 5:00 PM | Mike Johnsen (Administrator)

    Catherine Auman,
    LMFT

    Myself Only Smaller

    “Why didn’t I say something? I was so stupid! Why didn’t I stop the abuse?” Emily is crying as she recounts a painful memory that affects the way she relates to men in the present.

    Often, my patients who are involved in processing painful wounds from childhood have trouble forgiving themselves. They feel they should have known better or handled things differently. It’s common in the consultation room as well as out on the street for people to blame themselves because in their early years they were not as smart, educated, assertive, or as neurologically mature as they are today.

    When I looked into this, I went back in time and there I was, myself only smaller. In my childhood memories, I am as I am today only my body is tiny. It doesn’t make any sense, of course, but everyone I’ve talked to remembers a smaller version of how they are today, rather than remembering the emotional experience of the time.

    But that’s not how it was. Back then, like all children, each of us was innocent, completely lacking in worldly wisdom or the street smarts that come from the school of hard knocks. We were utterly dependent on the adults in our environment for everything: food, shelter, for life itself. Our emotions were not mature, and our nervous systems had not yet developed. We weren’t able to make adult decisions, reason things out, or protect ourselves from harm. Emily didn’t stop the abuse because she hadn’t yet matured into the perceptive person she is today who would handle things differently.

    Years ago in my own therapy, I was clearing trauma that had happened when I was eleven years old. I was baffled as to why the incident had hurt me so much. Pondering this, I walked over to a playground and looked at an actual eleven-year-old girl. She looked so innocent and fragile that I began to cry. I saw she needed protection and was obviously too little to have understood what was happening to her. It changed forever how I thought about my own experience and the traumatic experiences of others.

    I often encourage patients to go look at some kids if they don’t have any of their own. It helps tremendously. I’m not trying to create a new breed of voyeurs or playground stalkers—you can also visit children of friends or relatives if you have them. It really helps to see their innocence and to recall your own vulnerability, trust, and sweetness. You were smaller, yes, but not just a smaller version of yourself today.

    © 2022 Catherine Auman

    Catherine Auman, LMFT is a licensed therapist with advanced training in both traditional and spiritual psychology with over thirty years of successful professional experience helping thousands of clients. She has headed nationally based psychiatric programs as well as worked through alternative methodologies based on ancient traditions and wisdom teachings. Visit her online at catherineauman.com.

  • 04/30/2022 4:00 PM | Mike Johnsen (Administrator)

    LA-CAMFT Grant
    Award Committee

    LA-CAMFT 2022 Grant Awards for Pre-Licensed Members Who Are Therapists of Color

    The LA-CAMFT Grant Committee is pleased to announce that LA-CAMFT will be offering two grant awards for LA-CAMFT Pre-Licensed Member Associates, Trainees, and Students who are Therapists of Color.

    If you are not an LA-CAMFT member, in order to apply for the award, you must first join LA-CAMFT.

    Registration for the LA-CAMFT 2022 Grant Award for Pre-Licensed Members who are Therapist of Color opens on May 4, 2022, and closes on June 25, 2022.

    Please read the information below regarding the description of the grant award, criteria for applying, application process, and selection process.

    Description of the LA-CAMFT Grant Award
    Every 4 months (3x per year), a grant award will be offered to two applicants who meet the following three criteria:

    1. Must be a current LA-CAMFT and CAMFT member
    2. Identify as a Therapist of Color
    3. Must be either an Associate, Trainee, or Student still in graduate school.
    • Grant winners will receive
    • $500 to be spent at the winner’s discretion
    • Free year of LA-CAMFT membership
    • Free admission to 3 LA-CAMFT workshops or networking events of the winner’s choosing. 

    The $500 award can be used at the recipient’s discretion based on their own individual needs (whether it be for BBS fees, testing materials, memberships, living expenses, etc.). 

    Confirmation for what the Grant Award money is used for will not be required. 

    Application and Selection Process
    Interested Pre-Licensed LA-CAMFT members who are Therapists of Color can complete the 2022 Grant Award Application on the LA-CAMFT website. 

    The selection process entails using a Randomized Generator of the applicants who met the full criteria and complete the application online in order to take out human bias and decrease activation of one's trauma history. 

    The drawing will be recorded via Zoom and posted onto social media along with an announcement naming the grant winners, who will also be contacted via email directly. 

    Registration for the 2022 LA-CAMFT Grant Awards for Pre-Licensed Members who are Therapists of Color  opens on May 4, 2022, and closes on June 25, 2022. 

    The drawing for the 2022 LA-CAMFT Grant Award for Pre-Licensed Members who are Therapists of Color will take place on June 26, 2022.
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