The Desert Chapter
California Association of Marriage Family Therapists 

"Promoting Excellence in Mental Health Care through Education and Community"                     

If you have questions or want to learn more about Desert CAMFT, reach out to us at Desertcamft1@gmail.com. 

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   Important information about coronavirus (COVID-19)   Learn More

Tip: Be aware! Telephone Scam - Jury Duty: There have been a few members who have fallen victim to a very convincing phone call scam. They were called and told they had missed jury duty, and were therefore at risk of arrest if they didn't pay A LOT of money. This scam is very elaborate with many people involved. One member is certain they got her phone number from her Psychology Today profile. Please be careful and share with your members!!

Temporary Waiver of Professional Licensing Requirements Due to COVID-19

Governor Newsom and the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) temporarily loosen regulations (e.g., testing, licensing, etc.), so that therapists can continue working during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Our Monthly Meetings Are Back!

Register above for the monthly networking & CEU events

New Laws Affecting MFTs  in 2020

Renew Your Membership!

We are always looking for volunteers to help with making the chapter successful.  Volunteering is fun and you can get to know more about how the chapter works and make good friends.

Volunteering means helping with planning and hosting events, supporting the 3000 Club for pre-licensed members and supporting community and professional outreach in the Valley.

We'd love to hear from you.

If you are interested, contact Carol Teitelbaum at 760-346-4606.

Check out the BOD page in About Us for a list of current members and more info.

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16 Telemental Health Resources for Practitioners and Patients

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Telehealth: HIPAA Compliance Required January 21, 2021

Read American Professional Agency risk management update HERE

Dear Desert-CAMFT Chapter Member:



Being a member of the Desert CAMFT Board is a rewarding way to serve your colleagues and community. By becoming involved in the goings-on of the chapter, you get to have your voice heard, have the opportunity to network, and to feel part of something bigger than yourself.

Only with participation from our members can we have a thriving chapter, so we are requesting that you step-up and join us in this endeavor. You do not need to be nominated by someone else. Feel free to nominate yourself or just let us know that you are interested in serving.

Let's keep the desert chapter alive and thriving!

We can also always use and appreciate the support of other board and committee members to help out with events or other miscellaneous tasks. Please contact us if you’re interested in helping out.

Be on the lookout for an email from Desert Camft with a ballot you can vote for incumbents or add your or someone else's name 

                       Notice to Members

In the era of Covid-19, we recognize that some of our members are negatively impacted. In the spirit of caring for one another, we have established a fund for our members to partially cover the higher state CAMFT member dues.

If you would like to explore what relief we can provide, please contact our President, Carol Teitelbaum at 760-346-4606.

We are here for you in many other ways including consultation and professional camaraderie.  You just have to reach out to us.

The Desert Chapter Board

Supporting Desert CAMFT

We need your help to make our chapter thrive.  We have great workshops coming up at our monthly meetings, as well as special longer workshops. We have a talented Board of Directors and we are doing everything possible to provide interesting, educational workshops with opportunities to network.

However, we need your help to keep this chapter thriving. We need more subcommittees, committee directors and teams, some new officers and support.  Help us to help you have the most rewarding experience as a member of Desert CAMFT.

Please contact Carol Teitelbaum with any questions at 760-346-4606.

Our Mission

Our mission at The Desert Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) is to create a space where those in the counseling profession can express their opinion, define an agenda that speaks to the needs of it’s members, and find support and friendship. 

We are dedicated to the advancement of marriage, family, child and individual therapy as an art, a science, and a mental health profession.

The Chapter accomplishes this by:

  • Serving the community-at-large
  • Enhancing continuing education
  • Promoting & Upholding high legal & ethical standards
  • Sponsoring networking events
  • Providing legislative advocacy
  • Encouraging Trainees and Associates
  • Promoting members’ self-care
  • Supporting the goals and objectives of CAMFT, our parent Organization

Call for Peer Presentations &

Workshop Proposals

Desert CAMFT is pleased to announce a call for workshop and presentation proposals for our 2020 events calendar.

The Education and Events Committee is seeking introductory, intermediate, and advanced workshop proposals that offer training, share current research and case studies, provide therapeutic tools and techniques as they relate to various topics.

New Online Resource - CVHIP.com

Check out this terrific new online resource listing everything from Mental Health to Medical to Housing or sports and recreation to transportation, youth, seniors, education, financial/legal, nutrition, etc. Click on CVHIP.com above.

Professional Consultation Groups

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Desert CAMFT is excited to announce this wonderful benefit for our Clinical Members.

We often practice in isolation and need the opportunity to consult with others and gain support. These groups offer an ongoing forum for case consultation with a variety of other experienced therapists in your area.  We envision each group with a limit of eight therapists, with the "host" at each site setting the schedules. 

If you would like to host a group in the desert, please contact

                 Carol Teitelbaum at 760-346-4606

Membership for Retirees

Retirees can join the Desert CAMFT Chapter too and we may have scholarships available. Feel free to contact us! 

Chapter Events

We organize multiple events throughout the year, including CE workshops, by both local members and outside presenters, as well as social networking events. These are important occasions for our professionals to participate in, to stay up-to-date on the latest information in our field and maintain an interactive referral network. So, take a look at our upcoming and past events here. We also welcome any new ideas for possible future events.


If you are a member of state CAMFT, you are eligible to join our local Desert chapter. Annual membership in Desert CAMFT is only $60 for Clinical, Associate and Affiliate members, and $25 for Associates and Trainees (tax deductible of course).  There are multiple benefits of membership, so check out our Membership page here. We look forward to seeing old friends, and making new friends, in 2020! So, why wait?         JOIN NOW!

About Us

Desert CAMFT is a local chapter of the larger state organization, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)*. Like many local chapters, Desert CAMFT was formed to create a more intimate, localized, and accessible community of Marriage and Family Therapists for the purposes of networking, professional development, and career support. Find out more about who we are, what we do, and our Board of Directors.

The 3000 Club

for Students and Associates

Networking, Information, & Camaraderie

Focusing on the needs and interests of Students and  Associates. For more info about the 3000 Club, contact


 If you are looking for Associate Supervisors, go to this page or follow these steps:

  1. Go to the horizontal menu list above
  2. Click on the three horizontal lines to the right 
  3. Scroll down and click on Intern Supervisors.

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