Marriage and family therapists provide individual, couple, family, relational and group therapy. They assess, treat and implement change in the overall, long-term well-being of individuals, couples, families and those in other relationships. The traditional emphasis on the individual is expanded to include consideration of the nature and roles of individuals in relation to others, particularly in the family system.
Marriage and family therapy focuses not only on the individual patient—even if it is a single person seeking therapy—but on the context and relationships in which the person participates. All relationship contexts are considered, including the married or committed couple, family, school, work, social, community and other relational systems.
Marriage and family therapists treat a wide range of clinical problems including: depression, marital problems, anxiety, nervous and mental disorders, as well as relationship, couple, family and child-parent problems. Marriage and family therapy is often brief and solution-focused and it is designed to achieve specific therapeutic goals of individuals and families.
The practice of Marriage and Family Therapy and use of the titles "Marriage and Family Therapist", "Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist", "Licensed Marriage Therapist", and "Licensed Family Therapist" or any derivative thereof within New York State requires licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist, unless otherwise exempt under the law.
The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8, Article 163, Section 8403 of the New York State Education Law and Section 52.33 and Subpart 79-10 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.
The fee for licensure and first registration is $371.
The fee for a limited permit is $70 (the limited permit fee is not refundable).
In 2018, there were 72 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2019, there were 87 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of July 1, 2020, there were 1,082 registered licenses for this occupation.
New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
State Board for Mental Health Practitioners
89 Washington Avenue, 2nd Floor
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Press 1 then Ext. 450
Fax: (518) 486-2981
E-mail: [email protected]
21-1013.00 - Marriage and Family Therapists
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Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB)
1843 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
E-mail: [email protected]
Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.
This page was last updated on 12/28/20.
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