Bylaws Process CAMFT Bylaws Process


The CAMFT Bylaws are a set of regulations and standards enacted at CAMFT’s inception, over 50 years ago, that provide a framework for our operation and management. As is common for all associations and organizations, Bylaws should be reviewed and updated on a regular basis in order to keep up with the needs of the association and its members, as well as changes in law.

The Bylaws Committee spent many hours over the last few years reviewing the Bylaws document, and they identified hundreds of revisions to be addressed, both small and substantial. Because it would be a difficult and timely process to address all of these revisions at one time, in late 2019, the Bylaws Committee and CAMFT Board prioritized seven (7) amendments to present to the membership to address the most vital amendments in a timely fashion.

These seven (7) proposed amendments were put up for a vote in the spring of 2020, and the CAMFT membership voted to pass all proposed amendments.

CAMFT 2020 Bylaws Vote – Results Tallied March 20, 2020

  1. CAMFT members voted YES to changing all mentions of “Associate” membership to “Affiliate” membership.
  2. CAMFT members voted YES to removing language stating that Emeritus membership is free.
  3. CAMFT members voted YES to allow for electronic transmission of information to members in addition to and in lieu of paper mail.
  4. CAMFT members voted YES to removing the six (6)-month grace period payment provision.
  5. CAMFT members voted YES to adding language that includes electronic voting in addition to paper ballots, as well as adding language from the Corporations code regarding vote counting requirements.
  6. CAMFT members voted YES to clarifying the “practice of health” exclusion as applying to dually licensed persons who have active (not retired or abandoned secondary) licenses as psychologist, clinical social worker, professional clinical counselor, psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, or psychiatric physician assistant, when limiting the Board composition to two (2) members who are dually licensed.
  7. CAMFT members voted YES to revising the stipulation regarding Robert’s Rules of Order to allow the Board to adopt rules and guidelines that enable them to run meetings effectively and efficiently.

CAMFT is working now to integrate these seven (7) passed amendments into an updated Bylaws document. The full updated Bylaws will be posted soon.

To view the 2019 Bylaws document and the Full Red-Lined Bylaws document that was approved by the membership in March 2020, click below.


The following seven revisions were identified by the Bylaws Committee and the Board of Directors as prioritized amendments to be voted on by CAMFT members.

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Proposed Revisions


This is the red-lined version of the affected Bylaws sections. Note that the remaining revisions mentioned will be addressed at a future time.

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Full Redline Revisions