Editor’s Message


Sylvia Sandler, M.A., MFTi

Dear LA-CAMFT colleagues,

It’s hard to believe that with the publication of the June Voices we also mark the halfway point of the 2017 calendar year. As we reflect back upon the last six months there is a realization that the Los Angeles Chapter of CAMFT has much to be proud of and to celebrate. Month after month, our membership is increasing and networking attendance numbers indicate that our organization is thriving. We launched a mentor program that reached maximum capacity in a matter of a few months into its inception. Our chapter president, Randi Gottlieb, was recently nominated and awarded the “Outstanding Chapter Leader Award.”

That being said, our chapter’s goals for the future remain fluid and we must not rest on our laurels. Any good organization will recognize the importance of creating space for the possibility of change, action and new opportunities for growth.

Sometimes growth and change is bittersweet. This notion is fully captured in the changes soon to impact our chapter. As you delve into the June 2017 Voices, you will notice we are wishing our dedicated President, Randi Gottlieb, a fond farewell and extend our deep gratitude for her tireless service and commitment to LA-CAMFT. Thankfully, the upcoming transition in leadership was directly overseen by Randi herself, and with a keen eye for true talent, Randi handpicked our new President-Elect, Shelley Pearce. Just as Shelley has stepped up to the challenge of leading our chapter into the future, this is a call for our readership to ask how they, too, can step up their commitment to serve LA-CAMFT and the therapeutic community at large. Where and when can you become more active and of service? What committee have you wanted to engage with and become a part of? The time is now to join our new President in helping to direct our chapter into a bright and successful future.

Speaking of opportunities, we wanted to remind our readership of a new column aimed at addressing the needs of pre-licensed and newly licensed clinicians. Be sure to send any of your questions and concerns to cfo@lacamft.org. Our new “Ask Billie” section is committed to providing a voice to pre-licensed and newly licensed therapists while at the same time supporting them in their licensing journey. This journey is also often characterized as bittersweet. “Ask Billie” is meant to offset the sting of the ups & downs inherent in this process of becoming and being a licensed therapist.

Come join us and lend your voices to ours.

Sylvia J. Sandler, M.A., is the current editor of Voices for LA-CAMFT, and holds a subsequent registration with the Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, #90381. Sylvia is bi-lingual and fully proficient in reading and writing in the Spanish language. Sylvia is currently gaining hours for licensing at The Ness Counseling Center on a volunteer basis. You may reach her by email at newsletter@lacamft.org.