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Marriage & Family Therapists

What is a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)?

Marriage and Family Therapists are relationship specialists licensed to practice psychotherapy and trained in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of individuals, couples, families, children and groups.

MFTs have earned a graduate degree in a behavioral science, have had at least 3,000 hours of supervised experience and have passed two comprehensive state examinations before being licensed by the State of California.

When would you use a Marriage and Family Therapist?

Most individuals, couples and families experience problems from time to time.  Reasons for seeking professional help vary, but most are directly related to interpersonal relationship problems.

Other reasons for seeking help include but are not limited to:

          • Emotional stress or anxiety
          • Alcohol or drug abuse
          • Chronic illness
          • Conflicts with co-workers
          • Depression
          • Divorce or separation
          • Eating disturbances
          • Family conflict
          • Grief and loss
          • Life transitions
          • Parenting issues
          • Sexual difficulties 

How do you find a Marriage and Family Therapist?

The Find A Therapist feature on our website is designed to assist you in the selection of, or referral to, a qualified therapist.  Choosing a therapist is a personal process and only you can judge who is best for you. 

Choosing a licensed MFT ensures that the therapist will:

          • Be licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences
          • Be bound by a professional code of ethics
          • Abide by the laws and regulations affecting the profession
          • Treat clients only within the scope of their license and competence
          • Refer clients to other qualified practitioners when appropriate or necessary
          • Welcome inquiries about their methods, background, experience and fees

It is recommended that you inquire about a prospective therapist's background, experience, clinical approach and fees when you call for an appointment.


Who can become a member of MC-CAMFT?

Membership is open to all MFTs, Pre-licensed trainees and interns, and Associates (LCSWs, Ph.Ds, etc.).

How do I become a member of MC-CAMFT?

You must first be a member of CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists). To join our local chapter click on Join Us! right here or on the menu to the left, and follow the instructions for online registration.

What is the difference between CAMFT and MC-CAMFT?

CAMFT is the state organization representing Marriage and Family Therapists.  MC-CAMFT is the Monterey County (local) chapter of CAMFT and is a separate organization which offers continuing education, networking opportunities and more personal contact with colleagues in your geographic area. 

Operating funds for the two organizations are entirely separate.  You can participate in many of our activities and workshops without being a member of MC-CAMFT, but to receive all the benefits of membership, you will need to join MC-CAMFT.

See About Us for Benefits of Membership.

How will MC-CAMFT benefit me?

MC-CAMFT offers opportunities to network, to develop personal and professional relationships with other clinicians, and the opportunity to secure referrals through listings in our printed Member Directory.  Our regular luncheon meetings provide and opportunity to meet colleagues and to promote your services to the local professional mental health community.  See more benefits of membership at About Us.

How long does a membership last?

Membership runs one year from the date of joining. This encourages you to join anytime you want.  A notice will be sent to you one month prior to your membership expiring. You will then need to renew, as our memberships are not self-renewing.

Can I attend a luncheon meeting without being a member?

Absolutely; guests are always welcome, space permitting.  Reservations must be placed in advance, by noon of the Monday prior.  Visit our Event Calendar to place a reservation

I am a former member whose membership has lapsed; how do I rejoin?

You are welcome to re-join at any time.  Simply click on Membership Registration on the menu on the left of the page, and follow the instructions.

If I am unable to attend the monthly luncheon presentations can MC-CAMFT still be of benefit to me?

Yes, you will still receive the chapter newsletter and will be listed in our online and printed directories.  Our directories are distributed widely in our community to schools, physicians and attorneys to assist them in making appropriate referrals.

Does MC-CAMFT offer CEUs?

Yes, CEUs can be obtained in two ways.  Our monthly luncheon meetings (held each month except July, October and December) include a presentation on a topic related to our profession.  Attendees can obtain 1.5 hours of CE for a small additional fee.

Our annual full day workshop in October typically offers 6 CE hours.

Chapter Activities

Where and when are the luncheons held?

The luncheon meetings are held on the second Friday of the month with the exception of July, October and December. 

The luncheons are held at Tarpy's Roadhouse, Highway 68, in Monterey, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.  Reservations for the luncheons must be received by noon on the prior Monday.  You can make a reservation on the Events page.

I would like to get more involved in the Chapter; who do I contact?

Thank you for your interest! Please contact our current President to find out how best to match your interests with the Chapter's needs.

We welcome and encourage members to become more involved; it's a great way to cultivate personal as well as professional relationships within our local MFT community.

I am looking for office space or I have space available; can MC-CAMFT assist me?

Yes.  At our monthly luncheon meetings members can announce their search for office space or let others know of available space. Ads for space may also be placed in our monthly newsletter; check the current newsletter for more details.

I would like to publicize an event; how can MC-CAMFT help?

MC-CAMFT is a great venue for publicizing your events.  Options include: 

Contact our Newsletter Chair (Board of Directors) to place an ad or purchase labels.  Pricing information is available in our newsletter.

How do I learn more about MC-CAMFT's Mentorship Program?

MC-CAMFT is proud to offer a Mentorship Program.   The purpose of this program is to pair licensed MFTs/LCSWs with late term interns and newly licensed MFTs and LCSWs in order to assist with general questions concerning the profession and relevant issues. 

To find out more, or to apply to be a mentee or mentor, visit the Find a Mentor page available to members.


As a trainee or intern, how does joining MC-CAMFT benefit me?

The benefits of membership for pre-licensed members include:

          • Association with others in the local pre-licensed community
          • Association with licensed therapists
          • Information on education and training
          • Information on trainee and intern placement opportunities
          • Information about licensing requirements and legislative changes

You may also attend our monthly luncheon meetings and receive our newsletter and directory.  All meetings and special events provide a forum for networking, finding job opportunities and connecting with mentors.

 A table at the luncheons is designated for pre-licensed members who would like to sit together.

I'm looking for an Internship; can MC-CAMFT aid in my search?

Yes.  We provide time at the beginning of each of our luncheon meetings for members to make announcements such as placement opportunities.  The monthly luncheon also offers the opportunity for you to introduce yourself, meet other interns and trainees and network.

How do I learn more about MC-CAMFT's Mentorship Program?

MC-CAMFT is proud to offer a Mentorship Program.   The purpose of this program is to pair licensed MFTs/LCSWs wtih late term interns and newly licensed MFTs and LCSWs in order to assist with general questions concerning the profession and relevant issues. 

To find out more, or to apply to be a mentee or mentor, contact Patricia McDermott at (831) 372-5365.

The Monterey County Chapter of the California Association of Marriage Family Therapists (MC-CAMFT)  is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 

P.O. Box 3092, Monterey, CA 93942

MC-CAMFT Grievance Policy:  If a grievance regarding CEUs is brought to the attention of the MC-CAMFT Board the board will review it and will vote on the validity of the grievance.  If the grievance is proven valid by the Board a full or partial refund will be given.

ADA Compliance:  All MC-CAMFT luncheons and conferences are held in accessible locations.

Sponsorship Disclaimer:  Products and services described or advertised in these materials occur by contractual business arrangements between MCCAMFT and participating companies and organizations. These arrangements do not constitute or imply MCCAMFT’s endorsement of these products and services. Further, MCCAMFT cannot make specific recommendations for such products, programs or services.

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