The Educators Collaborative was created to establish an active, unified, statewide network of educators that consistently elevate the knowledge and skill levels of MFTs. 

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
— Nelson Mandela



The California Division Educators Collaborative officially launched in 2004 and has continued to evolve ever since.  In 2007, the Educators Collaborative Steering Committee was created to provide the leadership that will guide the work of AAMFT-CA in developing a representative, unified voice to speak for the future of MFTs in California.  Steering Committee members consist of a diverse group of highly respected professionals, who are leaders in MFT education and passionate about the profession:

  • Kathleen Wenger: Pepperdine University
  • Diane Gehart: California State University, Northridge
  • Ben Caldwell: Alliant International University, Los Angeles campus
  • Deborah Buttitta:  Phillips Graduate Institute
  • Mary Read:  California State University, Fullerton
  • Margaret Avineri:  Jewish Family Service, Los Angeles
  • Steven Tierney:  California Institute of Integral Studies
  • Graciela Orozco: San Francisco State University

Steering Committee members share a commitment to perpetuating the training unique to our profession that enables us to see the world through the lens of relationships and relational interventions, no matter how many people we are working with in the room.  As MFTs, we contribute a distinct and critical perspective within the mental health care treatment continuum.  Without MFTs, a concentrated focus on the interactional and systemic components of mental health care may not be maintained.

Steering Committee members are in agreement about the importance of engaging in national-level discussions and efforts designed to proactively create the profession we desire in the future.


The purposes of the AAMFT-CA Division Educators’ Collaborative are:

  • Promote unification of the MFT professional culture in California.
  • Promote communication and collaboration.
  • Provide resources and information.


The AAMFT-CA Division Educators’ Collaborative long-term goal is the establishment of a statewide force of educators and clinicians, committed to the following pursuits:

  • Promoting the development of regional consortiums through­out the state that will organize ongoing meetings to bring to­gether MFT educators and super­visors.
  • Promoting increased hiring of MFT faculty within MFT grad­uate school programs through­out the state.
  • Incorporating the AAMFT Core Competencies within grad­uate school programs through­out the state.
  • Serving as a resource center for educators in relation to MFT educational programs, curricula and research.
  • Increasing employment options for MFT graduate students and interns.
  • Developing “One Voice” to provide effective representation in MFT educator advocacy efforts.