Curt Widhalm, LMFT
I am honored to be nominated for the position of Chief Financial Officer on the CAMFT Board of Directors. CAMFT has been a valuable resource for me, and it has inspired me to give at the local and state levels during my twelve years as a member. Most recently, I have served as a Member at Large on this Board and filled the vacant Chief Financial Officer position in December of 2017. Previously I had served as President of the San Fernando Valley Chapter. I have also served as a Subject Matter Expert for the Board of Behavioral Sciences since 2015. Throughout my involvement with CAMFT at the local and state levels, I have built a reputation for looking out for the bottom line and following a transparent and predictable leadership style.
During my chapter board service, our chapter:
- Increased the visibility of MFTs in the San Fernando Valley community at public resource fairs
- Raised awareness of CAMFT to MFT trainees at local practicum fairs
- Strengthened chapter financial reserves from 25% of annual operating budget to 200%
- Reinstated scholarship programs for members in need
- Set a “Pass the Hat” chapter record for raising funds for CAMFT PAC
During my service on the state board, I currently chair the Bylaws Committee and the Budget & Finance Committee and have served on the Grassroots Advocacy Task Force, The Chapter Issues Task Force, and the Search Committee for the new Executive Director. I have also lobbied in Sacramento and Washington D.C. for expanded opportunities for Marriage and Family Therapists. Professionally, I have prioritized CAMFT for the past several years while balancing a number of other projects for my own practice, and I continue to do this during the upcoming years.
At a time when CAMFT is welcoming a new Executive Director, it is imperative that we continue to uphold the benefits that CAMFT has offered our members and that has made the organization so great. I hope to bring a continued stability to our leadership to ensure that we do exactly that. CAMFT has been an industry leader in mental health member organizations and should continue to do so with our legal calls and our ability to pass legislation.
During our coming years, I hope to continue to support and plant the seeds for more of these opportunities to develop. Our Grassroots Advocacy is only a couple of years old, we still face a crisis in regards to prelicensed education costs and pay, and we should be expanding our efforts to continue to support therapists not just as they practice, but as whole human beings who have needs and lives outside of the psychotherapy office.
I am honored for the opportunity to continue to serve our membership and hope that I can continue in the efforts that we have worked on thus far.