Membership Dues Increase

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING CAMFT MEMBERSHIP DUES INCREASE (JANUARY 2016)

What are the new CAMFT dues rates?

  Membership Type   Fee
  Clinical   $175
  Clinical Life   $1,225
  Associate   $125
  Pre-Licensed   $95 (effective January 1, 2018)


When does the new rate take effect?

Clinical and Associate rates are effective with renewals and new memberships beginning April 1, 2016. The Pre-Licensed rate will be effective n January 1, 2018. Pre-licensed dues will increase to $95

Why is CAMFT raising dues?
This action was taken in response to rising business costs, as well as, supporting current and additional programs and benefits. CAMFT elected leaders and staff strive to operate in a manner that is fiscally responsible, while providing a wide array of excellent membership benefits. 

How often does CAMFT increase membership dues?
Clinical member dues were last increased in 2010, Pre-Licensed and Associate member dues increased in 2011. Prior to 2001, clinical dues had not been raised since 1980, when they were $100.

At this time, the Board has no plans for further dues increases.

How did the Board come up with the amount of the dues increase?
The Board of Directors made a prudent decision to approve an increase based on the current member services, future initiatives, and inflation.

How do CAMFT dues compare to other professional associations regarding membership cost?
Even with the increase in dues in 2016, CAMFT members still pay approximately $50-100 less than members of other mental health professional organizations and CAMFT is the only organization to offer access to unlimited legal and ethical advice pertaining to California law.

Could the increase have been spread out over several years?
An incremental dues increase would significantly delay the Association’s ability to strengthen member services and programs. Additionally, when this issue was discussed at the Board level in September, 2014, member survey results revealed that members were more accepting of a one-time dues increase versus scheduled annual increases.

Can we reduce staff to save members from the dues increase?
CAMFT has a relatively small and lean staff for the number of members served. We currently have a ratio of one staff for every 1,400 members, while still providing excellent customer service. In addition, we have qualified people on our team to carry out the initiatives that are needed to grow the Association and make it relevant for the next generation.

How much of CAMFT’s budget is from member dues?
Member dues make up 79% of the total operating revenue. The majority of the remaining revenue is derived from affinity partnerships, Continuing Education Provider Agency, sponsorships, and continuing education programs. See CAMFT Annual Report for more details.

What is included with my member dues?
Your membership includes these benefits:

  • Legal and ethical consultation by telephone
  • Unparalleled representation and advocacy, in both state and national arenas
  • The Therapist—A bi-monthly publication
  • Access to the Members-Only section of www.camft.org where members can find a huge array of helpful content, including information and sample forms needed to start a private practice
  • Discounts on insurance, programs, and services
  • Continuing education programs
  • Access to EBSCO Host
  • A professional profile listed on CounselingCalifornia.com
  • CAMFT offers an Annual Conference with a special rate for CAMFT members; the conference routinely features high profile expert speakers and gives members the opportunity to earn over 30 continuing education units.

Click here to learn more about CAMFT member benefits.

How do I send my payment?
You will be notified by email when your membership is due for renewal. However, you can check this at any time by logging on  to the CAMFT website with your User Name and Password.

Whom do I contact with questions about my membership?
If you have any questions, please contact the CAMFT office at (888) 892-2638, infocenter@camft.org.