Board Highlights June 2012
Jill Epstein, JD
The following notes highlight discussion and action from the June 9-10,
2012, CAMFT Board of Directors meeting:
The new Board of Directors was welcomed and President Sandy Wolf
conducted an orientation to review Board roles, responsibilities, and
functions. Ms. Wolf also discussed Board process.
The Board participated in a closed-session strategy summit and voted to
engage an outside vendor to work with staff and communicate with members
regarding long-range strategy to ensure CAMFT’s
The Board heard reports from the PAC and Voluntary Certified Supervisor
The Board voted to approve all of the 2012-2013 Committee
The Board members reviewed and signed “Policy on Anti-Trust
Compliance” and “Policy on Conflict of
Interest.” The Board also accepted proposed revisions to the
“Policy on Use of CAMFT Logo” and “Policy on Board and
The Board voted to create a “Policy on Communicating CAMFT Board
of Directors Election Results” and a “Purview
Policy.” The “Purview Policy” guides decisions
on whether social/public policy issues are within the range of operation
and meet requisite thresholds. The Purview Policy calls for the
creation of a Purview Committee, comprised of five CAMFT members, to
serve as a clearinghouse for issues, to conduct a review of each issue
that is raised, and to consider whether CAMFT should offer official
opinions or commentary on social/public policy issues. The
Committee will make recommendations to the Board. The
President will appoint the Committee in September, 2012.
While statewide insurers denied guaranteed-issue health insurance,
there are several regional insurers that are considering CAMFT’s
application to offer coverage for CAMFT members in those
regions. More details will be available this
Member Open Forum
David Pickup spoke to the Board on behalf of himself and Therapists for
Embracing Religious Freedom (TERF) about concerns with SB 1172 (Sexual
Orientation Change Efforts - SOCE).
CAMFT SOCE Statement from March, 2012
The Board declined to take any action on a request to modify the
existing statement on Sexual Orientation Change Efforts
CAMFT members will soon be invited to consent to receive ballots and
vote online in anticipation of electronic voting in future Board
elections. Members will also be asked to provide their birth
year so CAMFT can get an accurate picture of the membership
A quarterly Pre-Licensed e-newsletter was launched in May,
2012. The purpose of this newsletter, distributed
exclusively to the pre-licensed members of CAMFT, is to provide
materials and information that is unique to these members.
CAMFT activated the Legislative Action Center on the CAMFT website and
staff noted that the Center will be enhanced to make it more intuitive
for users. This tool links to all legislation of interest to CAMFT
and the first action alert (regarding SB 632) was posted to the home
page of the Center.
New video clips featuring CAMFT leaders discussing mental health or
membership topics have been posted to www.camft.org and www.counselingcalifornia.com.
The July/August 2012 issue of The Therapist will mark the first issue
with clinical articles that have been peer-reviewed by the CAMFT
Clinical Editorial Council.
Chapter Advisory Council
The Board expressed disappointment that more Chapter leaders did not
apply to serve on this newly-created Council, designed to serve the
mutual membership and profession by facilitating communication and
collaboration between chapters and CAMFT. The Board agreed
to use this year as a pilot project for the Chapter Advisory Council and
proceed with the four applicants and the Board liaison.
2012 Annual Conference
Six hundred and seventy-two people attended the 48th CAMFT Annual
Conference in San Diego. There was positive response from
attendees about holding the event in CAMFT’s hometown.
To date, CAMFT is nearly $200,000 ahead of budgeted net revenue from
operations. Income on investments is also ahead of
budget. The reserve fund balance as of May 31, 2012 was
The Board heard updates about the BBS and state/federal
legislation. It was noted that two pieces of CAMFT-sponsored
legislation (SB 1134 – Duty to protect/Dangerous Patient and AB
367 – BBS Reporting to Department of Health Care Services) are
still moving through the legislature.
The Board spent a significant amount of time discussing the intent and
language of SB 1172 (Sexual Orientation Change Efforts -
SOCE). Executive Director, Jill Epstein, shared concerns
that had been expressed to her by members on all sides of the
issue. While the Board supports the intent behind SB 1172,
the Board agreed that the current language and specific words used in
the bill could be read to cast a wider net than expected and could chill
legitimate forms of therapy, such as work with the transgender
population or to reduce sex addiction and promiscuity of homosexual
and/or heterosexual teens. The Board acknowledged the
immense amount of staff time and thoughtfulness that has been dedicated
to this issue and recognized that staff is working to ensure the best
outcome for CAMFT members, minor clients, and the
profession. The Board supported the Coalition’s
(CAMFT, CA Association of Psychiatrists, CA Association of
Psychologists, and CA Association of LPCCs) continued discussions with
the author to find a more acceptable definition of SOCE.
Future Board Meetings
The Board voted to hold the January Board meeting in December,
beginning in December, 2013. This will ensure that the Board meets
once each quarter (instead of simply four times per year).
The next meeting will be held September 8-9, 2012 in San
Francisco. For more details on future meetings, please visit
the Board of Directors section of the CAMFT website.