Dear SGV-CAMFT Members,
I struggle to use the words "unprecedented times" right now, because it lacks the depth of what we are all experiencing. I'm actually struggling to synthesize what I'm experiencing as a clinician and as Board President into a concise message.
Some of us may be contemplating how and when to resume face-to-face sessions with clients, or to give up our offices to permanently practice via Telehealth. Some may be reflecting, discussing, and educating themselves on how and when to address racism and racial disparity in our practice or agency. Others of us may be acutely aware of the impact of being a wounded healer in these uncertain and changing times and are taking new measures to care for ourselves and each other. Wherever you are in your professional journey, I hope that you have the tools, support, and health to sustain you. The work you do builds the kind of resiliency your clients and community need right now.
As Marriage and Family Therapists, we have had training and practice in systems theory which gives us a unique advantage to incorporate our voice in the finding of solutions to complex social issues. At the heart of what we do we are agents of social change. Our chapter leadership stands behind and support's CAMFT's position regarding California Therapists Disavow Racial Injustice, Voice Concern over Mental Health Impacts of Racial Trauma.This is echoed in the AAMFT Statement on MFT Responsibility to Counter Racism.
Your SGV-CAMFT Board is not giving you a statement of our chapter values at this time. To do so would put the focus on us when that is neither helpful nor productive. Rather, I challenge our SGV-CAMFT board and chapter members to actively discuss, educate ourselves, take a hard look at our role in perpetuating and dismantling racial disparity in our field, and find sustainable action to move in the direction of mental health and racial equity.
We have begun formal discussions as a board to identify our current capacity and potential avenues to make meaningful change. As our board gets more familiar with the technological tools available to us, we will open discussion to all our members. We are committed to finding and creating safe spaces in which to do this work. We will make mistakes and want to hear feedback. We expect that discomfort that comes with growth will show up.
As always, please reach out to me or any board member with your comments or ideas. And if you're ready to roll up your sleeves and get more involved, reach out to a Committee Chair or myself for volunteer positions. The world needs more leaders who have the vision and training of MFTs!
We see you and the work you do.
Natasha Morisawa, LMFT
SGV-CAMFT Board President