Los Angeles Chapter — California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Los Angeles Chapter — CAMFT
Jonathan Flier’s President’s Message
If you are wondering if you should renew or join the chapter for the first time, allow me to highlight a most excellent reason.
We Are A VillageWhat does that mean? Why would I desire or need a village in my life? What are my responsibilities and privileges if I belong to a village?
From the beginning of my tenure as President, I have promoted the idea that LA‐CAMFT should have the look and feel of a village. A village is a location, in both a "real" and a "virtual" world. It’s a real world gathering place where you experience with every event you attend this village, where you are welcomed and you feel connected, where you have come to learn and share a common experience, where you feel heard and responded to and hear and respond to others. Examples would be our Monthly Networking Events, Special Interest Group meetings (such as our Somatic, Expressive Arts, and Pre-Licensed 3000 Club), formal and informal sponsored social events, subgroup planning meetings, peer supervision groups and Board of Directors meetings.
There is also a virtual village, which may occur within a physical setting, an internalized setting or both simultaneously. The virtual village is one we carry with us throughout our daily lives. It embodies the sense of belongingness and the support and care received or longed for in our familial and social life. It's a neural, biological, emotional, sensory and intellectually holistic experience. It is a lifelong developmental necessity and a life without it creates a hunger, an unfulfilled longing. This longing is rampant throughout our communities and one of the primary causes of emotional and physical turmoil and distress in the world around us.
We promote ourselves as healers of this distress and we know that we must be in a process of healing ourselves to help heal others. So, you may ask, "why be a member of LA‐CAMFT, to others when members and nonmembers can partake in most of our organizational events?"
Jonathan Flier, LMFT, has served on the Board of Directors of statewide CAMFT. In 2008 he became President and restarted the Los Angeles Chapter of CAMFT. He has supervised associates for over 20 years at the Southern California Counseling Center and has a thriving practice that specializes in working with men treating trauma and anxiety with somatic based therapies including EMDR, high conflict couples and passionless couples and consultations with licensed MFTs and LCSWs.
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