Joining Your Association

Joining Your Association

Curt and Katie talk about why to join your professional organization, how to best take advantage of the benefits of your membership, and what associations actually do.

It’s time to reimagine therapy and what it means to be a therapist. To support you as a whole person and a therapist, your hosts, Curt Widhalm and Katie Vernoy talk about how to approach the role of therapist in the modern age.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Why to join your professional organization
  • What your membership fees go to
  • Advocacy efforts, legislation
  • Finding the cultural fit for your professional organization
  • Joining based on your license, the focus of the org, education
  • The tools that professional organizations provide to their members
  • The power of numbers in advocacy
  • Networking and getting referrals within your local chapter
  • Community building
  • Learning and growing
  • Relationship building
  • How to assess return on investment on joining
  • Opportunities for leadership, education, networking
  • Creating friendships
  • Differentiating yourself within your local community
  • Decreasing isolation
  • Gaining perspective on your work/business situation
  • Continuing Education
  • Making an impact on how your professional organization operates
  • Communication about the current state of affairs
  • Needed information for both pre-licensed and licensed individuals
  • Magazines, Scholarly Journals
  • How to get involved, show up consistently
  • Committees, projects, volunteering
  • How to approach the situation whether you’re an introvert, ambivert, or extrovert
  • Benefits to your business, network and community, education, advocacy, and fun
  • Vote for Curt Widhalm, LMFT for President-Elect of CAMFT

Our Generous Sponsor:

Thanks again to our sponsor, Track Your Hours, LLC!

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Relevant Episodes:

Open to Opportunity

In-Person Networking

So You Want to Plan a Conference

Resources mentioned:

We’ve pulled together resources mentioned in this episode and put together some handy-dandy links.

American Psychological Association (APA)

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

American Counseling Association (ACA)

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

CAMFT’s Legislative Action Alert on Medicare

Curt’s Candidate Statement

Curt’s Campaign FB Page

Curt’s Campaign Website

Our Facebook Group – The Modern Therapists Group

Therapy Reimagined 2019: Sign up here to get notified when the details are released.

Our consultation services:

The Fifty-Minute Hour

Who we are:

Curt Widhalm is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in private practice in the Los Angeles area. He is a Board Member at Large for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, a Subject Matter Expert for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Adjunct Faculty at Pepperdine University, and a loving husband and father. He is 1/2 great person, 1/2 provocateur, and 1/2 geek, in that order. He dabbles in the dark art of making “dad jokes” and usually has a half-empty cup of coffee somewhere nearby. Learn more at:

Katie Vernoy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, coach, and consultant. As a helping professional for two decades, she’s navigated the ups and downs of our unique line of work. She’s run her own solo therapy practice, designed innovative clinical programs, built and managed large, thriving teams of service providers, and consulted hundreds of helping professionals on how to build meaningful AND sustainable practices. In her spare time, Katie is secretly siphoning off Curt’s youthful energy, so that she can take over the world. Learn more at:

A Quick Note:

Our opinions are our own. We are only speaking for ourselves – except when we speak for each other, or over each other. We’re working on it.

Our guests are also only speaking for themselves and have their own opinions. We aren’t trying to take their voice, and no one speaks for us either. Mostly because they don’t want to, but hey.

Stay in Touch:

Our Facebook Group – The Modern Therapist’s Group


Voice Over by DW McCann

Music by Crystal Grooms Mangano

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