DPH: Marital and Family Therapist Licensure Requirements

Marital and Family Therapist Licensure Requirements

 

Before applying for licensure, please familiarize yourself with the general licensing policies .

 

An applicant for licensure must meet the following eligibility requirements:

 

Successful completion of a graduate degree program specializing in marital and family therapy from a program approved by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy ( AAMFT ) or completion of a program meeting the requirements outlined in Section 20-195a-2 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies  at a regionally accredited institution of higher education;

 

Successful completion of a supervised practicum or internship with an emphasis in marital and family therapy and supervised by either the program granting the requisite degree, or by an accredited postgraduate clinical training program which is approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education ( COAMFTE ), and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, in which the student received a minimum of 500 direct clinical hours that included 100 hours of clinical supervision;

 

Successful completion of at least 12 months of supervised postgraduate work experience.   The postgraduate work experience must include at least 1,000 hours of direct client contact offering marital and family therapy services and 100 hours of post-graduate clinical supervision provided by a licensed marital and family therapist.   Of the 100 hours of supervision required, at least 50 hours shall be individual supervision and the remaining hours may be group supervision as defined in the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies ;

Please note that applicants who hold a current license in another state may be exempt from documenting a practicum or internship and the 12 months of work experience as outlined above provided the applicant can document at least 5 years of licensed work experience as a marital and family therapist.  

Successful completion of the Examination in Marital and Family Therapy of the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards .

 

If taking the Examination in Marital and Family Therapy as a Connecticut applicant, an applicant need only submit the application  and fee and arrange for submission, directly from the source, of an official transcript verifying the award of a master's degree in marital and family therapy and verification of the practicum and internship (select this link  for the required form)

 

If the applicant's graduate degree program was approved by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy ( AAMFT ) after 1979, no further educational documentation is required.   If the applicant's graduate degree program was not AAMFT approved at the time of graduation or was approved by the AAMFT prior to 1979, the applicant must arrange to have a catalog description of the program and courses sent with the transcript.

 

After the above information has been received, reviewed and an eligibility determination has been made, examination registration information will be emailed to the applicant four to six weeks prior to the opening of the examination window.  

 

Examination Window CT Licensure Application Deadline Supporting Documents Deadline Date
October 20 - November 15, 2014 July 14, 2014 August 4, 2014
January 10 – February 7, 2015 October 13, 2014 November 3, 2014
May 16 – June 13, 2015 February 9, 2015 March 3, 2015
August 8 - September 5, 2015
May 11, 2015
June 1, 2015

October 17, 2015-November 14, 2015 July 13, 2015 August 3, 2015

 

Documentation Requirements :

 

An applicant for licensure must arrange for submission of the following documents directly to this office:

 

Completed, notarized application  with photograph and fee of $315.00 in the form of a bank check or money order payable to, “Treasurer, State of Connecticut”;

 

Official transcript of marital and family therapy degree program, forwarded directly to this office from the institution at which study was undertaken.   If the applicant's graduate degree program was approved by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy ( AAMFT ) after 1979, no further educational documentation is required.   If your degree program of studies was not AAMFT approved at the time of graduation or was approved by the AAMFT prior to 1979, please arrange to have a catalog description of the program and courses sent with the transcript;

 

Verification of completion of a supervised practicum or internship submitted directly to this office by educational program director.  Please select this link  for the required form;

 

Verification of at least 1000 hours of direct client contact in not less than 12 months of postgraduate work experience submitted directly to this office by the individual(s) completing the verification.  Please select this link  for the required form.  If employed by more than one employer, please have each employer submit a separate verification of employment form directly to this office;

 

Verification of 100 hours of postgraduate supervision by a licensed marital and family therapist submitted directly to this office by the supervisor(s) completing the verification.  Please select this link  for the required form.   If supervised by more than one person, please have each supervisor submit a separate verification of supervision form directly to this office;

 

If applicable, verification of 5 years of licensed work experience as a marital and family therapist.  The verification may be submitted by the appropriate authority at the facility where the experience occurred or, if in private practice, a letter from a licensed marital and family therapist or other provider with whom the applicant has a referral relationship;

 

Verification of passing score on the Examination in Marital and Family Therapy.  Please select this link for the Professional Examination Service Score Transfer Request Form that is required to be completed in order to have a score report transmitted to this agency; and

 

If applicable, verification of any licenses/certificates ever held in other states.   Most jurisdictions  charge a fee for completion of the verification form.  Please contact the jurisdiction for fee information.

 

All supporting documentation should be sent directly from the source to:

 

Connecticut Department of Public Health

Marital and Family Therapist Licensure

410 Capitol Ave., MS # 12 APP

P.O. Box 340308

Hartford, CT 06134

Phone: (860) 509-7603

Fax:  (860) 707-1980

Email:  dph.counselorsteam@ct.gov





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