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When attempting to set up a meeting: be polite, be specific and be persistent. To set up a meeting with your elected official, you should call the local office directly, explain that you are a “constituent” and that you would like to set up a brief meeting to talk about “X” issue. For instance:
“Hello, my name is John Smith. I am a licensed marriage and family therapist (or CAMFT member) and am a constituent of Senator Jones. I would like to schedule an appointment with Senator Jones to personally introduce myself, and to discuss some issues of importance to therapists and their patients”. (If there are specific issues, you can identify them) “What would be a good time for me to drive to his/her office to meet?”
Hi. My name is John Smith and I work as marriage and family therapist (am a member of CAMFT) and wanted to discuss some issues of importance to marriage and family therapists and their patients. (Depending on what you are there to talk about, and it might just be a general meet and greet, you can use the bullet points below to help you formulate some talking points):
After your meeting, make sure to send a thank you card to the elected official and/or staff you met with. Please also, contact CAMFT to discuss your meeting, as well next steps.