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State Licensure Requirements

Explore state-by-state licensure requirements to practice as a licensed therapist.

Summary

  • Biola University (Talbot School of Theology) MFT degree meets licensure requirements in 22 states: Alaska; Arizona; Califorina; Hawaii; Illinois; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Maryland; Montana; Nevada; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Washington; Wisconsin
  • One state requires a master's degree from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) or by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP); Biola's MFT master's is not yet accredited by COAMFTE: Florida
  • One state requires a master's degree from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), or which has COAMFTE candicacy status and requires 500 direct clinical hours, which includes 200 relational hours, and supervision on one to six ratio; Biola's MFT master's is not yet accredited by COAMFTE and the requirements exceed Biola's MFT master's 300 direct clinical hours, 120 relational hours and 60 hour supervision requirement: Mississippi
  • Seven states require that at least 150 of the 300 hours of direct client contact must be with couples/families; Biola's MFT program requires that only 120 hours must be with couples/families: Delaware; Idaho; Michigan; Minnesota; Nebraska; New Hampshire; West Virginia
  • Three states require 500 direct clinical contact hours, 250 of which must be with couples/families and 100 of which are supervised, which exceeds Biola's MFT master's 300 direct clinical hours, 120 hours couple/family requirement and 60 hours of supervision: Alabama; Louisiana; South Carolina
  • Two states require 500 direct clinical contact hours, 250 of which must be with couples/families, which exceeds Biola's MFT master's 300 direct clinical hours and 120 hours couple/family requirement: North Dakota; Ohio
  • Four states require 500 direct clinical contact hours, 200 of which must be relational, and 100 hours of supervision which exceeds Biola's MFT master's 300 direct clinical hours, 120 hour relational requirement, and 60 hours of supervision: Arkansas; Colorado; Indiana; Wyoming
  • Two states require 500 direct clinical contact hours and 100 hours of supervision, which exceeds Biola's MFT master's 300 direct clinical hours and 60 hours of supervision: Connecticut; Georgia
  • One state requires 500 direct clinical contact hours, which exceeds Biola's MFT master's 300 direct clinical hours: Missouri
  • One state requires 600 direct clinical hours, which includes 500 direct contact hours of face-to-face supervised clinical practice, 250 hours with couples or families, and 100 hours of face to face supervision, which exceeds Biola's MFT master's 300 direct clinical contact hours, 120 hour couple/family requirement and 60 hours of supervision: Utah
  • One state requires an internship of 600 hours that includes 200 hours with couples/families, which exceeds Biola's MFT master's 300 direct clinical hours and 120 hours couple/family requirement: Virginia
  • One state requires a clinical practicum of at least 700 clock hours with 280 hours of direct client contact. Biola's MFT master's program meets the direct client contact hours, but not all students will have met the required 700 clock hours: Oregon
  • One state requires a clinical practicum of at least 900 clock hours with 360 hours of direct client contact, which exceeds Biola's MFT master's 300 direct client contact hours: Maine
  • One state requires 100 hours of supervision, which exceeds Biola's MFT master's 60 hours supervision requirement: Massachusetts
  • One state requires 12 semester hours of practicum and one year 20 hrs/week internship, which exceeds Biola's MFT master program requirement of 9 semester hours of practicum: Rhode Island
  • One state requires a degree based on a program of 500 hours of supervised internship, which exceeds Biola's MFT master's 300 direct client contact hours. This deficiency cannot be remedied post degree and cannot be supplemented for licensure in this state: Vermont

 

Detailed Requirements

Alabama

  • Source: Alabama Board of Examiners in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Curriculum: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) qualifies
  • Clinical Hours: 
    • Minimum 500 hours contact
      • 100 hours supervised
      • 250 hours couple/family
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: No
  • Date: 2/2021

Alaska

  • Source: Statues and Regulations – Marital and Family Therapy
  • Curriculum: Master’s degree, doctorate in MFT or allied mental health field from a regionally accredited educational institution approved by the board that is substantially equivalent to the following:
    • Three courses, nine semesters or 12 quarter hours of course work in marital and family therapy
    • Three courses, nine semesters or 12 quarter hours of course work in marital and family studies
    • Three courses, nine semesters or 12 quarter hours of course work in human development
    • One course, three semesters or four quarter hours of course work in professional studies or professional ethics and law
    • One course, three semesters or four quarter hours of course work in research
  • Clinical Hours: One year supervised clinical practice
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: Yes
  • Date: 2/2021

Arizona

  • Source: American Association for MFT – Arizona State Resources
  • Curriculum: Regional accreditation with Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) qualifies
  • Clinical Hours: Minimum 300 hours supervised of direct client contact
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: Yes
  • Date: 2/2021

Arkansas

  • Source: Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling – Rules and Regulations
  • Curriculum: COAMFTE qualifies; Regional accreditation with Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) qualifies
    • LAMFT/LMFT core course requirements as follows:
      • Foundations of Relational/Systemic Practice, Theories & Models (Minimum of 6 semester credits) - TTFT 611 (3); TTFT 612 (3)
      • Clinical Treatment with Individuals, Couples and Families (Minimum of 6 semester credits) - TTFT 633 (3); TTFT 631 (3)
      • Biopsychosocial Health & Development Across the Life Span (Minimum of 3 Ccedits/4 quarter credits/45 clock hours) - TTFT 621 (3)
      • Diverse, Multicultural and/or Underserved Communities (Minimum of 3 credits/4 quarter credits/45 clock hours)
      • Systemic/Relational Assessment & Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment (Minimum of 3 credits/4 quarter credits/45 clock hours) -TTFT 655 (3)
      • Professional Identity, Law, Ethics & Social Responsibility (Minimum of 3 credits/4 quarter credits/45 clock hours) - TTFT 661 (3)
      • Research & Evaluation (Minimum of 3 credits/4 quarter credits/45 clock hours) - TTFT 651 (3)
      • Psychopharmacology (Minimum of 3 credits/4 quarter credits/45 clock hours) - TTFT 673
  • Clinical Hours: 
    • COAMFTE clinical standards include 500 client contact hours (40% relational – 200 hours)
      • 100 alternative hours acceptable if 500
    • *Practicum/Internships (Minimum of nine credit hours/12 quarter credit hours/12 month consecutive)
    • COAMFTE clinical standards include 500 client contact hours (40% relational – 200 hours)
      • 100 alternative hours acceptable if 500
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: No
  • Date: 2/2021

California

  • Source: 
  • Curriculum: 
    • Minimum 60 hours total
    • Regional/National accreditation recognized by USDE
    • School approved by BPPE (Bureau for Private Post-Secondary Education) or COAMFTE accredited
    • 48 hours minimum plus additional California specific courses:
      • CA Law & Ethics (12 hours)
      • CA Cultures & Social & Psychological Implications of Socio Economic Position (15 hours or 1 semester unit)
      • Child Abuse Assessment and Reporting (7 hours)
      • Suicide Risk & Assessment (6 hours)
      • Biola: 64 hours
  • Clinical Hours:
    • Six semester units or nine quarter units in practicum
    • 150 of face-to-face experiences counseling individuals, couples and families 
    • 75 additional hours of the following: 
      • Client-centered advocacy
      • Face-to-face (individuals, couples, families, groups) diagnosis, assessments and treatment planning
    • 225 hours face-to-face
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: Yes
  • Date: 2/2021

Colorado

Connecticut

  • Source: 
  • Curriculum: COAMFTE accredited or program meets requirements outlined in Section 20-195a-2 of the Regulation of Connecticut State Agencies at a regionally accredited institution
    • 45 semester hours
    • Theories and foundations of MFT (6 semester hours)
    • Six semester hours of theories and practices of MFT including diagnosis, assessment and treatment
    • Six semester hours of individual development including life-span development, psychopathology, human sexuality or personality theory
      • Note: 27 hours combined of topics listed above
    • Three semester hours of ethics
    • Three semester hours of research
  • Clinical Hours: Minimum of 500 direct clinical hours, face-to-face and 100 hours supervision, nine credit practicum
    • Note: No relational specified
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: No
  • Date: 2/2021

Delaware

  • Source: State of Delaware – Division of Professional Regulation
  • Curriculum: 
    • Look at 6.2.1.1 COAMFTE accredited and 6.2.1.2 graduate degree in MFT from non-COAMFTE accredited graduate program acceptable to the Board:
      • Six semester credits of theories
      • Three credits of assessment and treatment
      • Three credits of life span development
      • Six credits of individuals, couples and families
      • Three credits of diversity
      • Three credits of law and ethics
      • Three credits of research and evaluation, contemporary issues (curriculum but no minimum credit requirement), community intersections and collaboration (curriculum but no minimum credit requirement)
      • Six credits in electives (not practicum related)
  • Clinical Hours: COAMFTE standards or look at 5.0 and 6.0 of the Delaware Regulations
    • 9 credit hours during internship
    • 300 hours of direct client counseling
    • 150 hours must be relational
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: No
  • Date: 2/2021

Florida

***New regulations staring July 1, 2020.

Georgia

  • Source: Application for Licensure as a Associate Marriage & Family Therapist
  • Curriculum: 
    • MA in MFT
    • Regional accreditation (WASC) or COAMFTE accredited
    • Three courses in MFT Studies (theory and practice of principles/concepts, history of MF life, family systems, family relations, or family development)
    • Three courses in MFT (theory and practice of various treatment modalities in MFT)
    • One course in ethics
    • One course in research
    • One year practicum/internship
  • Clinical Hours: 
    • Minimum of 500 hours contact
      • 100 hours supervised
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: No
  • Date: 2/2021

Hawaii

  • Source: Requirements & Instructions – Marriage and Family Therapist License
  • Curriculum:
    • A master's degree from an accredited educational institution in MFT or an allied related to the practice of mental health counseling, which includes completion of graduate coursework listed below.
    • Nine graduate semester hours or 12 graduate quarter hours in each of the following areas: 
      • Marriage and family studies
      • Marriage and family therapy
      • Human development
    • Include a minimum of 3 graduate semester hours or 4 graduate quarter hours in each of the following areas: 
      • Ethical and professional studies
      • Research 
    • Note: A course may be applied only once and may not be repeated in any of the other areas. Courses that are listed on the "Training Outline" must be found on the graduate school transcript.
  • Clinical Hours: 
    • One year practicum with 300 supervised client contact
    • Have your supervisor complete the "Practicum Verification Form"
      • Note: If you have had multiple supervisors, please duplicate the form.
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: Yes
  • Date: 2/2021

Idaho

  • Source: Rules of the Idaho Licensing Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Curriculum:
    • COAMFTE or CACREP accreditation
    • Fulfills Subsection 238.01.b (pg. 6)
      • 60 semester or 90 quarters in total
        • Nine semester credits of MFT studies
        • Nine semester credits of biopsychosocial health & development across lifespan
        • Six semester credits of psychological and mental health competency
        • Three semester credits of ethics
        • Three semester credits of research
  • Clinical Hours: 
    • At least 12 months supervised practicum with 300 hours direct contact
      • 150 hours must be with couples/families or other systems
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: No
  • Date: 2/2021

Illinois

Indiana

  • Source: Marriage and Family Therapy Licensing Act
  • Curriculum:
    • Degree must be in MFT
    • School must be COAMFTE qualified or accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation (WASC qualifies)
  • Clinical Hours:
    • Minimum of 500 hours of which 400 is face-to-face
    • 200 hours relational under supervision of supervisor with five years experience, 100 hours supervision by supervisor with at least five years supervision experience, or a board-approved supervisor
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: No
  • Date: 2/2021

Iowa

  • Source: Application for Marital & Family Therapy Licensure
  • Curriculum: 
    • COAMFTE qualifies only if program includes 60 semester hours (or 80 quarter hours)
    • Non-COAMFTE accredited program:
      • 45 semester or 60 credit hours
      • Transcript
      • Course descriptions of syllabi
      • Accredited by agency approved by U.S. Department of Education (WASC qualifies)
      • Applicant must contact Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE) to obtain content equivalency evaluation and report
        • Note: Applicants pay for this cost
  • Clinical Hours: Minimum of 300 hours
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: Yes
  • Date: 2/2021

Kansas

  • Source: Education Requirements
  • Curriculum:
    • COAMFTE qualifies or regionally accredited (with accreditation standards equivalent to those in Kansas)
    • For Non-COAMFTE accredited program:
      • Nine semester credits in each of the following areas:
        • Human development and family studies
        • Theoretical foundations of MFT (including historical overview and life cycles)
        • Diagnosis, assessment and treatment
      • Three semester credits in each of the following areas:
        • 1) Professional development, law and ethics
        • 2) Research course
        • 15 graduate semester credit hours that support diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders utilizing the DSM-5
  • Clinical Hours: 
    • 300 hours of client contact (at least 5–10 hours/week)
    • 60 hours of supervision (minimum of 30 hours in individual format)
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: Yes
  • Date: 2/2021

Kentucky

  • Source: 
  • Curriculum: 
    • COAMFTE qualifies
      • The degree or equivalent course of study should contain specific coursework on psychopathology and the diagnostic and statistical manual
      • In determining equivalency, the board should use the criteria for marriage and family therapy education and clinical training approved by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Clinical Hours: 
    • COAMFTE standards
    • Minimum of 300 hours supervised client contact
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: Yes
  • Date: 2/2021

Louisiana

  • Source: Board of Examiners – Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Curriculum: 
    • COAMFTE or CACREP qualifies
    • Regionally accredited 
    • Regionally accredited institution whose program/curriculum was approved at any time prior to July 1, 2010
    • 60 hours of coursework
  • Clinical Hours: 
    • 500 direct contact hours
      • 250 relational
      • 100 hours of supervision
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: No
  • Date: 2/2021

Maine

Maryland

  • Source: Maryland Department of State – Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure Requirements
  • Curriculum: 
    • Graduate degree with 60 semester hours of coursework from an approved university (45 hours specific coursework)
      • Please note: 
        • Courses in couples therapy theory and techniques as follows:
          • One course in diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders in family systems
          • A comprehensive survey course with substantive overview of the extant major models of family therapy
          • Two additional courses which focus on one or several marriage and family therapy models, or three separate courses, each of which focuses on one or several marriage and family therapy models
        • Courses in couples therapy theory and techniques as follows:
          • A comprehensive survey of extant, major models of couples therapy
          • An intensive study of at least three different models
          • Three separate courses, each of which addresses a separate couples model
  • Clinical Hours: 
    • Minimum of 300 hours
      • 100 relational
      • 60 supervised
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: Yes
  • Date: 2/2021

Massachusetts

  • Source: Massachusetts LMFT Education Requirements
  • Curriculum: Graduate degree with 60 semester hours of coursework from an approved university
  • Clinical Hours: 
    • Minimum of 300 hours
      • 100 supervised
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: No
  • Date: 2/2021

Michigan

  • Source: Michigan Legislature – Public Health Code
  • Curriculum: Michigan’s board outlines specific coursework requirements:
    • Has a master's or higher graduate degree from an accredited college or university approved by the board
    • Has completed all of the following graduate-level courses at an accredited college or university approved by the board
  • Clinical Hours: 
    • Minimum 300 hours
      • Minimum 150 relational
      • Minimum 60 supervised
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: No
  • Date: 2/2021

Minnesota

Mississippi

  • Source: Requirements for Licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Curriculum: COAMFTE qualifies or COAMFTE program with candidacy status by COAMFTE, which subsequently received COAMFTE accreditation
  • Clinical Hours: 
    • Minimum 500 hours
      • Minimum 200 relational
      • Supervision on one to six ratio
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: No
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: No
  • Date: 2/2021

Missouri

Montana

  • Source: Licensing Requirements and Application Checklist – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate (MFLC)
  • Curriculum: 
    • Minimum of a master's degree from an accredited institution consisting of a minimum
      of 60 semester hours. 
      • Those hours must include a minimum of 48 semester hours or 72 quarter hours of courses in:
        • Foundations of relational/systemic practice, theories and models
        • Biopsychosocial health and development across the life span
        • Clinical treatment with individuals, couples and families
        • Ethics in marriage and family therapy
        • Diverse, multicultural and/or underserved communities
        • Systemic/relational assessment, and mental health diagnosis and treatment
  • Clinical Hours: 
    • Practicum hours not specified
      • Note: Up to 500 hours accumulated while achieving the educational credentials may be counted towards licensure
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: Yes
  • Date: 2/2021

Nebraska

  • Source: 
  • Curriculum: A program in a related field offered by a regionally accredited higher educational institution with:
    • At least nine semester hours of marriage and family studies
      • This area must have a major focus from systems theory orientation and encompass the social systems orientation
      • Survey or overview courses in which systems in one of several theories covered is not appropriate
      • Courses in which systems theory is the overarching framework and other theories are studied in relations to systems theory are appropriate
    • At least nine semester hours of marriage and family therapy
      • Courses in this area should have a major focus on family systems theory and systemic therapeutic interventions
    • At least nine semester hours in human development
      • Courses in this area should provide knowledge of individual personality development and its normal and abnormal manifestations
    • At least three semester hours of professional studies
      • Courses in this area are intended to contribute to the professional development of the therapist
    • At least three semester hours in research
      • Courses in this area should assist students in understanding and performing research
    • At least six semester hours in practicum
  • Clinical Hours: 
    • 300 hours of supervised direct client contact with
      individuals, couples and families
      • Note: Of this 300 hours, no more than 150 hours may be with individuals
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: No
  • Date: 2/2021

Nevada

New Hampshire

  • Source: License and Registration Requirements, Applications and Fees
  • Curriculum:
    • Have a two year master’s degree or a doctoral degree with a concentration in marriage and family therapy from a regionally accredited institution (WASC qualifies)
    • Applicants that have a degree with a concentration in marriage and family therapy as noted above shall complete the following coursework:
      • At least three courses in marital and family studies, family development and family interaction patterns across the life cycle of the individual as well as the family chosen from the following subject areas:
        • Family life cycle
        • Theories of family development
        • Marriage and/or family sociology of the family
        • Families under stress
        • The contemporary family
        • Family in a social context
        • The cross/cultural family
        • Youth, adult, aging and the family
        • Family subsystems
        • Individual interpersonal relationships, such as marital, parental or sibling
      • The completion of at least three courses in marital and family therapy chosen from the following subject areas:
        • Family therapy methodology
        • Family assessment
        • Treatment and intervention methods
        • Overview of major clinical theories of marital and family therapy such as communications theory, contextual theory, experiential theory, object relations theory, strategic theory, structural theory, systemic theory and transgenerational theory
      • The completion of one course in diagnosis
      • The completion of at least three courses in human development chosen from the following subject areas:
        • Human development
        • Personality theory
        • Human sexuality
        • Psychopathology
        • Behavior-pathology
      • The completion of at least one course in professional studies chosen from the following subject areas:
        • Professional socialization and the role of the professional organization
        • Legal responsibilities and liabilities
        • Independent practice and interprofessional cooperation
        • Ethic
        • Family law
      • The completion of at least one course in research chosen from the following subject areas:
        • Research design
        • Methods
        • Statistics
        • Research in marital and family studies and therapy
  • Clinical Hours: 
    • The applicant should have completed at least a one-year practicum/internship supervised by an AAMFT approved supervisor prior to the completion of the master’s degree
      • This experience should total a minimum of 300 hours of face-to-face client contact hours with individuals, couples and families for the purpose of assessment, diagnosis and treatment
      • At least half of these client contact hours shall have been completed with couples and families
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: No
  • Date: 2/2021

New Mexico

  • Source: 
  • Curriculum:
    • Degree from an accredited institution and complete marriage and family therapy core curriculum
      • A minimum of nine semester hours in marriage and family studies
      • A minimum of nine semester hours in marriage and family therapy
      • A minimum of nine semester hours in human development
      • A minimum of three semester hours in multicultural studies
      • A minimum of three semester hours in professional studies
      • A minimum of three semester hours in research
  • Clinical Hours: 
    • Minimum of 300 hours of supervised direct client contact, for a period of at least 12 months
      • Practicum students may only count
        hours in which they work directly with individuals, couples and families for the purpose of assessment, diagnosis
        and treatment in marriage and family related issues
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: Yes
  • Date: 2/2021

New York

  • Source: 
  • Curriculum:
    • Program must include at least 45 semester hours that contains curricular content that includes, but is not limited to each of the following areas:
      • At least three semester hours in the study of human development, including individual, child and family development
      • At least 12 semester hours in marriage and family therapy clinical knowledge, including but not limited to psychopathology
      • At least six semester hours in marriage and family therapy theoretical knowledge; family law
      • At least three semester hours in research
      • At least three semester hours in professional ethics
  • Clinical Hours: Minimum of 300 client contact hours
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: Yes
  • Date: 2/2021

North Carolina

  • Source: 
  • Curriculum: 
    • A master’s degree from a recognized institution in MFT from a regionally accredited institution the Board requires, unless otherwise noted
    • Copies of all course syllabi for all submitted ‘core’ courses:
      • Three semester hours of assessment and diagnosis
      • Three semester hours of human development and family relations
      • Six semester hours of MFT practice
      • Three semester hours of professional identity and ethics
      • Three semester hours of research in MFT
      • Six semester hours of theoretical foundation in MFT
      • Nine semester hours of clinical practicum
      • 12 semester hours of additional core coursework
  • Clinical Hours: 
    • Clinical experience towards licensure is acquired from practicums and internships during the graduate course of study, along with experience post-graduation
    • All documented hours of experience toward licensure hours must be supervised and signed-off by an AAMFT approved supervisor or accepted AAMFT supervisor candidate
      Up to 500 hours clinical experience during masters education will count toward licensure
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: Yes
  • Date: 2/2021

North Dakota

  • Source: 
  • Curriculum: A master’s degree or doctorate degree in marriage and family therapy from an institution or program accredited by an accrediting
    body that is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), but which are not accredited by COAMFTE, provided that the practicum is at least nine credit hours or 12 months
  • Clinical Hours: 
    • At least 500 hours or 12 months of clinical client contact with individuals, couples and
      families for the purpose of assessment and intervention
      • Of the 500 hours, no
        more than 250 hours may be with individuals.
      • This clinical experience must
        be supervised onsite or at the academic institution by a licensed and family therapist or an American association for marriage and family therapy-approved supervisor
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: No
  • Date: 2/2021

Ohio

  • Source: 
  • Curriculum: 
    • Attended a program clearly identified as a marriage and family therapy degree, which contained at least 60 semester hours of marriage and family therapy coursework:
      • Marriage and family theory studies (at least two graduate courses)
      • Research
      • Professional ethics
      • Individual and family development
      • Appraisal of individuals and families
      • Practicum
      • Minimum of two semesters or three quarters supervised clinical practicum with 500 hours direct client contact. 
        • 50% of the 500 hours with couples and families.
      • Five courses in the following marriage and family therapy content areas:
        • Family therapy with diverse, multicultural and/or underserved communities
        • Clinical treatment of individuals, couples and families
        • Couples therapy
        • Family therapy with children, adolescents or young adults
        • Sexuality and family therapy
        • Substance abuse and addictive disorders in marriage and family therapy
  • Clinical Hours: 
    • Applicants should have a minimum of two semesters, or three quarters, of qualified supervised clinical practicum and/or qualified internship with 500 hours of direct face-to-face client contact with individuals, couples and families, and 100 hours of supervision
    • Applicants shall have 250 hours of the 500 hours of direct client contact with couples and/or families present
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: No
  • Date: 2/2021

Oklahoma

  • Source: Academic Requirements: Licensed Marital and Family Therapist
  • Curriculum: 
    • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) qualifies
    • Must have at least a master’s degree in marital and family therapy
  • Clinical Hours: 300 clock hours of practicum/internship
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: Yes
  • Date: 2/2021

Oregon

  • Source: 
  • Curriculum: 
    • Western Associationof Schools and Colleges (WASC) qualifies
    • The MFT program must be at least two years in duration, including at least 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of graduate-level credit
    • At minimum, the following graduate-level coursework:
      • Individual and Family Development- four semester hours or six quarter hours;
      • Couple and Family Theoretical Foundation Studies- six semester hours or nine quarter hours
      • Couple and Family Therapy, Treatment, and Techniques Studies- six semester hours or nine quarter hours
      • Diagnosis of mental disorders- two semester hours or three quarter hours
      • Diversity studies that include issues related to diversity, power and privilege- two semester hours or three quarter hours
      • Ethical and Professional Studies- two semester hours or three quarter hours
      • Research Methods or Statistics- two semester hours or three quarter hours
      • Supporting coursework focusing on counseling and/or systems approaches (36 semester hours or 54 quarter hours)
  • Clinical Hours: 
    • A supervised clinical practicum or internship experience of at least 700 clock hours with 280 hours of direct client contact
    • The program’s clinical practicum or internship experience must have:
      • Had supervisory staff with a minimum of a master's degree in the program emphasis and with pertinent professional experience
      • Made provision for faculty monitoring of operations
      • Kept records of student-client contact hours including summary of student progress by the supervisor
      • Had a written agreement with the program and student specifying learning objectives
      • Had a mechanism for program evaluation
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: No
  • Date: 2/2021

Pennsylvania

  • Source: 
  • Curriculum:
    • A degree in marriage and family therapy of 60 credit hours from an accredited educational institution, which includes:
      • Human development (Three courses minimum; nine semester, 12 quarter or 135 didactic contact hours)
        • Courses in this area should provide knowledge of individual personality development and its normal and abnormal manifestations
        • Coursework should cover human development across the life span, including special issues that affect an individual’s development (that is, culture, gender and human sexuality)
      • Marriage and family studies (Three courses minimum; nine semester, 12 quarter or 135 didactic contact hours)
        • Courses in this area should be a fundamental introduction to family systems theory
      • Marriage and family therapy (Three courses minimum; nine semester, 12 quarter or 135 didactic contact hours)
        • Courses in this area should have a major focus on family systems theory and systemic therapeutic interventions.
        • This area shall provide a substantive understanding of the major theories of systems change and the applied practices evolving from each theoretical orientation.
      • Professional studies (One course minimum; three semesters, four quarter or 45 didactic contact hours).
        • Courses in this area shall contribute to the professional development of the therapist.
        • Areas of study shall include the therapist’s legal responsibilities and liabilities, professional ethics as a marriage and family therapist, professional socialization, and the role of the professional organization, licensure or certification legislation, independent practice and interprofessional cooperation.
      • Research (One course minimum; three semester, four quarter or 45 didactic contact hours).
        • Courses in this area shall assist students in understanding and performing research.
  • Clinical Hours: Practicum - A minimum one year, 300 hours of supervised direct client contact with individuals, couples and families.
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: Yes
  • Date: 2/2021

Rhode Island

  • Source: 
  • Curriculum: Has completed the following degree requirements:
    • Has received a master’s or higher level degree from a program accredited by CACREP or an equivalent accrediting agency approved by both the board and by the cognizable national or regional certifying authority (WASC qualifies)
    • Has completed  60 semester credit hours within their graduate counseling/therapy program or post graduate program. The  60 semester credit hours must be received prior to beginning post graduate experience and supervised case work hours. Areas of study:
      • Theoretical foundations of marriage and family therapy (Two courses; six semester hours)
      • Clinical knowledge (Six courses; 18 semester hours)
      • Human development and family relations (One course; three semester hours)
      • Ethics and professional studies (One course; three semester hours)
      • Research (One course; three semester hours)
      • Graduate credit elective to enhance professional goals (One curse; three semester hours)
  • Clinical Hours: 
    • 12 semester hours of practicum
    • One year, 20 hours/week internship
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: No
  • Date: 2/2021

South Carolina

  • Source: South Carolina Application and Education Review
  • Curriculum: 
    • 48 graduate semester hours (or 72 quarter hours) in marriage and family therapy from an accredited college or university
    • Association of Theological Schools qualifies
    • Theoretical Foundations (three courses/nine semester hours total;13.5 quarter hours)
      • Must include an introductory course as one of the three courses; three semester hours (4.5 quarter hours)
    • Clinical practice (five courses/15 semester hours total; 22.5 quarter hours)
      • Must include one course in psychopathology or diagnostics of psychopathology as one of the five courses (three semester hours; 4.5 quarter hours)
    • Individual Development and Family Relations (two courses/six semester hours total; nine quarter hours)
    • Professional identity, legal and ethical Issues (one course/three semester hours; 4.5 quarter hours)
    • Research (one course/three semester hours; 4.5 quarter hours)
  • Clinical Hours: 
    • Clinical experience/practicum (nine semester hours; 13.5 quarter hours)
      • This must include a minimum of 500 hours of face-to-face client contact with one half of the hours relational and a minimum of 100 hours of clinical supervision must be provided by a licensed marriage and family therapist supervisor
      • “Relational” practicum hours are defined as therapy or counseling with either couples or families
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: No
  • Date: 2/2021

South Dakota

  • Source: South Dakota Codified Laws
  • Curriculum: 
    • A master's or a doctoral degree, consisting of at least 48 credit hours in marriage and family therapy, from an accredited marriage and family therapy program recognized by the board, or an equivalent course of study approved by the board
    • WASC qualifies
  • Clinical Hours: Under Statute 36-33-9, 300 hours was required. That statute has been repealed and no specific practicum requirement has been listed to replace that statute.
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: Yes
  • Date: 2/2021

Tennessee

  • Source: General Rules Governing Marital and Family Therapists
  • Curriculum:
    • Masters or doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy or equivalent from an
      institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools or by a comparable accrediting body
    • The degree may be acceptable in a related subject field, so long as the degree
      contains the following coursework (all courses must be at least one semester in
      length):
      • Three courses in human development and personality
      • Three courses in marriage and family studies
      • Three courses in marriage and family therapy
      • One course in research
      • One course in professional ethics
      • One course in assessment and diagnosis of cognitive, affective and behavioral problems and dysfunctions in the DSM IV T.R. (or its successor) nomenclature
  • Clinical Hours: 
    • Supervised practicum/internship of no less than 300 hours, which includes experience in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of
      cognitive, affective and behavioral problems or dysfunctions in the DSM IV T.R. (or its successor) nomenclature, pursuant to T.C.A. § 63-22-106.
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: Yes
  • Date: 2/2021

Texas

  • Source: 
  • Curriculum: 
    • A master's or doctorate degree from a regionally
      accredited institution of higher education in marriage and family therapy (WASC qualifies), which covers the following areas:
      • Three semester hours in theoretical foundations of marriage and family therapy
      • 12 semester hours in assessment and treatment in marriage and family therapy
      • Six semester hours in human development, gender, multicultural issues and family studies
      • Three semester hours in psychopathology
      • Three semester hours in professional ethics
      • Three semester hours in applied professional research
      • Treatment of addictions and management of crisis situations (No minimum requirements)
  • Clinical Hours:
    • 12 months, or nine semesters, of supervised clinical internship
      • During the supervised clinical internship, the applicant must have 300 hours of experience, of which:
        • At least 150 hours must be direct client contact hours
        • Of the 150 direct client contact hours, at least 75 hours must be direct client contact with couples and families
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: Yes
  • Date: 2/2021

Utah

  • Source: Marriage and Family Therapist Licensing Act Rule
  • Curriculum: 
    • A clinical master's degree in marriage and family therapy or equivalent from a program accredited by a professional accrediting body approved by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation
      of the American Council on Education at the time the applicant obtained the education. The degree shall include the following:
      • Six semester hours/nine quarter hours of course work in theoretical foundations of marital and family therapy
      • Nine semester hours/12 quarter hours of course work in assessment and treatment in marriage and family therapy,
        including Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM)
      • Six semester hours/nine quarter hours of course work in human development and family studies which include ethnic minority issues, and gender issues including sexuality, sexual functioning, and sexual identity
      • Three semester hours/four quarter hours in professional ethics
      • Three semester hours/four quarter hours in research methodology and data analysis
      • Three semester hours/four quarter hours in electives in marriage and family therapy
  • Clinical Hours: 
    • A clinical practicum of not fewer than 600 hours, which includes not fewer than 100 hours of face to face supervision and not fewer than 500 direct contact hours of face-to-face supervised clinical practice, of which not less than 250 hours shall be with couples or families who are physically present in the therapy room
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: No
  • Date: 2/2021

Vermont

  • Source: Administrative Rules of the Board of Allied Mental Health Practitioners
  • Curriculum: 
  • For non-COAMFTE Programs, credits are required:
    • Degrees from Non-COAMFTE programs must contain 36 graduate credits
    • Within the 36 graduate credits, a minimum of 18 must be primarily dedicated to and clearly
      identified as being from a marriage, couple or family therapy/systems/relational perspective.
    • Degrees must be based on a curriculum, which includes a supervised internship as set forth
      below. A degree based on a program of fewer
      than 500 hours of supervised internship is not an acceptable degree for licensure. This deficiency cannot be remedied post degree and it cannot be supplemented.
  • Clinical Hours: 
    • A minimum of 500 hours of internship within the degree conferred is required for the degree to be accepted toward licensure.
    • Applicants from non-COAMFTE programs must provide documentation of direct and indirect hours completed during the internship. To be eligible for licensure each applicant must provide 500 hours of direct service.
    • Notice Regarding Insufficient Internship: A degree based on a program of fewer than 500 hours of supervised internship is not an acceptable degree for licensure. This deficiency cannot be remedied post degree and it cannot be supplemented.
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: No
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: No
  • Date: 2/2021

Virginia

  • Source: Virginia Department of Health Professions – Board of Counseling
  • Curriculum: 
    • A regionally accredited degree (WASC) qualifies
    • 60 semester hours, or 90 quarter hours, of graduate coursework with a minimum of six semester hours or nine quarter hours completed in each of the core areas identified in subdivisions 1 and 2 of this subsection, and three semester hours or 4.0 quarter hours in each of the core areas identified in subdivisions 3 through 9 of this subsection:
      • Marriage and family studies (marital and family development; family systems theory);
      • Marriage and family therapy (systemic therapeutic interventions and application of major theoretical approaches);
      • Human growth and development across the lifespan
      • Abnormal behaviors
      • Diagnosis and treatment of addictive behaviors
      • Multicultural counseling
      • Professional identity and ethics
      • Research (research methods; quantitative methods; statistics)
      • Assessment and treatment (appraisal, assessment and diagnostic procedures)
  • Clinical Hours: Supervised internship of at least 600 hours to include 240 hours of direct client contact, of which 200 hours shall be with couples and families
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: No
  • Date: 2/2021

Washington

  • Source: 
  • Curriculum: 
    • A master's or doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy with equivalent course work from an approved school. 
    • The applicant's program must supply an official transcript with degree and date posted. If the course title does not clearly relate to courses listed in rule, you will be asked to show a course syllabus. A total of 45 semester hours, or 60 quarter credits, are required in all nine areas of study. At least 27 semester credits or 36 quarter credits are required in the first five areas of study:
      • Marital and family systems
      • Marital and family therapy
      • Individual development
      • Psychopathology
      • Human sexuality
      • Research
      • Professional ethics and law
      • Electives (One course)
  • Clinical Hours: 
    • Applicants who meet AAMFT clinical membership status are considered to have met educational requirements for licensure
    • Supervised clinical practice: An applicant may acquire up to nine semester credits or 12 quarter credits through supervised clinical practice in marriage and family therapy under the supervision of a qualified marriage and family therapist as determined by the school
  • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
  • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: Yes
  • Date: 2/2021

West Virginia

  • Source: Marriage and Family Therapist Licensing Rule
    • Curriculum: 
      • A master's or doctoral degree from an institution with a program accredited by COAMFTE or a comparable accrediting body as determined by the Board 
      • Applicants must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of graduate course work inclusive of a masters or doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy
      • Pertaining to the educational requirements, a degree in marriage and family therapy must meet all of the following criteria, as determined by the Board:
        • The program or concentration must clearly be identified as marriage and family therapy
        • The marriage and family therapy curriculum must stand as a recognized entity within the institution and have a marriage and family therapy faculty
        • The marriage and family therapy coursework completed must be an organized course of study that includes at least one three hour graduate course in each of these eight areas of marriage and family therapy:
          • Marriage and family studies
          • Systems theory
          • Research
          • Professional ethics
          • Human growth and development
          • Appraisal of individuals and families
          • Principles of etiology, assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and prevention of mental and emotional disorders and dysfunctional behavior
          • The marriage and family therapy coursework completed must include four courses in marriage and family therapy.
    • Clinical Hours: 
      • Minimum 12 months, supervised clinical practicum with 300 hours of direct contact with individuals, couples and families
        • 50% of the 300 hours must be with couples and families present
    • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
    • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: No
    • Date: 2/2021

    Wisconsin

    • Source: Requirements for Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure
      • Curriculum: 
        • COAMFTE qualifies (requires a regionally accredited master’s degree) 
        • Course work required for education to be substantially equivalent to the course work required for a master’s or doctorate degree in marriage and family therapy course work from a program accredited by COAMFTE should contain all of the following:
          • At least six semester credits, or eight quarter credits, in the area of foundations of relational or systemic practice, theories and models
          • At least six semester credits, or eight quarter credits, in the area of clinical treatment with individuals, couples and families. This area shall include a focus on evidence based practice and content on crisis intervention.
          • At least six semester credits, or four quarter credits, in the area of diverse, multicultural or underserved communities. This area shall include understanding and applying knowledge of diversity, power, privilege, or oppression.
          • At least three semester credits, or four quarter credits, in the area of research and evaluation. This area shall include marriage and family therapy research and evaluation methods and evidence− based practice.
          • At least three semester credits, or four quarter credits, in the area of professional identity, federal and state law, ethics and social responsibility.
          • At least three semester credits, or four quarter credits, in the area of biopsychosocial health and development across the life span.
          • At least three semester credits, or four quarter credits, in the area of systemic assessment and mental health diagnosis and treatment.
          • At least three semester credits, or four quarter credits, in the area of contemporary developments which interface marriage and family therapy knowledge and practice with the broader multidisciplinary context.
      • Clinical Hours: 
        • A clinical internship as part of an academic program in marriage and family therapy or a substantially equivalent field. The internship shall consist of a minimum of 300 hours in face−to−face contact with individuals, couples and families for the purpose of assessment, diagnosis and treatment under supervision in
          not less than eight calendar months.
      • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
      • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: Yes
      • Date: 2/2021

      Wyoming

      • Source: Licensure Requirements for Marriage and Family Therapist
        • Curriculum: 
          • WASC qualifies
          • 48 semester hours of graduate level coursework
            • Foundations of relational/systemic practice, theories and models (Minimum of six semester credits/eight quarter credits/90 clock hours)
            • Clinical treatment with individuals, couples and families (Minimum of six credits/eight quarter credits/90 clock hours)
            • Diverse, multicultural and/or underserved communities (Minimum of three credits/four quarter credits/45 clock hours)
            • Research and evaluation (Minimum of three credits/four quarter credits/45 clock hours)
            • Professional identity, law, ethics and social responsibility (Minimum of three credits/four quarter credits/45 clock hours)
            • Biopsychosocial health and development across the life span (Minimum of three credits/four quarter credits/45 clock hours)
            • Systemic/relational assessment and mental health diagnosis and treatment (Minimum of three credits/four quarter credits/45 clock hours)
            • The following areas must be covered in the curriculum in some way, though there are no minimum credit requirements: 
              • Contemporary issue – This area facilitates students developing competencies in emerging and evolving contemporary challenges, problems and/or recent developments at the interface of couple or marriage and family therapy knowledge and practice, and the broader local, regional and global context. This includes such issues as immigration, technology, same-sex marriage, violence in schools, etc. These issues are to reflect the context of the program and the program's mission, goals and outcomes.
              • Community intersections and collaboration – This area facilitates students developing competencies in practice within defined contexts (i.e. healthcare settings, schools, military settings or private practice), or nontraditional MFT professional practice using therapeutic competencies congruent with the program's mission, goals and outcomes (i.e. community advocacy or psycho-educational groups).
        • Clinical Hours: 
          • Practicum or internship includes a minimum of 500 clinical contact hours with individuals, couples, families and other systems physically present, at least 40% of which must be relational
          • The 500 hours must occur over a minimum of 12 months of clinical practice
          • Students must receive at least 100 hours of supervision
        • Talbot MFT Meets Curriculum: Yes
        • Talbot MFT Meets Clinical: No
        • Date: 2/2021

        Licensure requirements change from time to time, and differ from state to state. Students are highly encouraged to review their state's licensure requirements in case of any changes (please refer to the MFT licensing boards as reported by the AAMFT). The program is not responsible for ensuring that students are able to meet licensure requirements for States outside of California.

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