Procrastination. That word describes how I have been managing writing — or not writing, or attempting to write — this first column. I usually procrastinate less, preferring action to inaction with task-oriented items, and fare worse attempting to manage change.
Fortunately, there is little change on the SCV-CAMFT board and I am thankful we have a positive team that continues to donate its time to better our chapter. I have two excellent presidents to follow: Bonnie Faber and Russell Wilkie. If I can do half the job they did, it will be an awesome year. Fortunately, Bonnie is remaining on the board in the past-president position. Others and I have tried to devise a way for Russell to remain on the board, but this is just not in the cards. I will miss him, and his calming presence, at the board meetings next year.
I am coming in as president with an almost-full board. We are fortunate to have Terryann Sanders as incoming president-elect, and Claire Wright is moving into the CFO position.
Our region chairs are in place, and our monthly luncheon program remains strong. Verna Nelson, our programs and evaluation director continues to work with her three committees to bring interesting speakers to three regions of the chapter, so that we can serve as many members as possible.
The chapter has a number of special events coming up in 2009. On February 21st, we will be holding the first-ever supervision workshop. Hugh Grubb will be presenting for licensed MFTs who want to supervise interns through this arduous process. Claire Wright and Mary Kay Bigelow have orchestrated another disaster preparedness training to be held March 13th and 14th. We will be hosting an alcohol and drug addiction seminar on June 26th, which will cover brain chemistry, as well as assessment and treatment of adolescents and adults. Some of my county colleagues and supervisors will be presenting at this event.
Chandrama Anderson, our technology and communications chair, and Russell Wilkie have been working to launch a new and fully-functional SCV-CAMFT website. We are very fortunate to have had Chandrama volunteer for this difficult-to-fill position.
Carol Marks is continuing as the ethics chair. Approximately 95 other mental health professionals and I attended the legal and ethical workshop with David Jensen on November 14th, 2008, which Carol produced. It was an excellent event, filled with relevant information, and held in a peaceful setting — Michael’s at Shoreline.
Maureen Ross, working as the prelicensed and newly licensed chair, has facilitated launching a South Bay newly licensed support group, run by Meg Keller. The chapter offers a number of support groups for members, and Maureen continues to work with the group leaders to make these as valuable as possible.
Matt Larkin continues in the secretary position, which is critical to our documentation of monthly board meetings. Nanette Freedland, Business Development Director, has helped with event policies and procedures and will be working on our advertising policies.
Judith Hanf orchestrated the best-attended annual membership meeting in at least three years, and is continuing to develop ways to increase membership.
In closing, I imagine this year will be another busy one for the chapter. I am privileged to serve this organization and look forward to 2009.