Marriage and family therapy is the assessment and treatment of affective, cognitive or behavioral disorders that disrupt interpersonal family relationships, including marital/couple, parent-child, pre-marital and other relationships.
Practitioners, called marriage and family therapists, are trained in individual psychotherapy and family systems to assess and treat mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders, and address an array of relationship issues within the context of marital/couple, family and various relational systems.
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.
To be licensed as a marriage and family therapist in New York State you must:
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.
To meet the professional education requirement for licensure as a marriage and family therapist, you must present evidence of A, B or C below.
To be considered substantially equivalent, your program must include at least 45 semester hours, or the equivalent, of study that contains curricular content that includes but is not limited to each of the following areas:
NOTE: The education requirement for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist can only be met through completion of graduate level courses at an acceptable degree granting institution. Training in an institute or by a registered individual does not meet the education requirement for licensure even if the training is accredited by a private organization.
Evidence of receipt of your degree(s) must be presented on Form 2 - Certification of Professional Education - and must be submitted directly to the Office of the Professions by the school(s) where you obtained your degree(s). If the program was not registered as leading to licensure in New York State or COAMFTE accredited, an official transcript is also needed.
In addition to the professional education requirement, every applicant for Marriage and Family Therapy licensure or a limited permit must complete coursework or training in the identification and reporting of child abuse in accordance with Section 6507(3)(a) of the Education Law. See additional information and a list of approved providers for this training.
To meet the experience requirement for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist, you must complete at least 1,500 client contact hours in the practice of Marriage and Family Therapy. The experience may only be completed under a limited permit issued by the Department or as part of the licensure qualifying education program, for experience in New York; experience completed in other jurisdictions must be completed legally in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction.
To meet the examination requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in New York State, you must pass the "Examination in Marital and Family Therapy" developed by the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB) and administered by Professional Testing Corporation (PTC). New York does not accept the California examination for licensure.
The National Marital and Family Therapy Examination is administered via computer. Candidates have the opportunity to take the Exam during one week of each month at testing locations offered through PSI.
The fee for licensure and first registration is $371.
The fee for a limited permit is $70.
In 2014, there were 87 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2015, there were 116 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of July 1, 2016, there were 1,144 registered licenses for this occupation.
New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Mental Health Practitioners Unit
89 Washington Avenue, 2nd Floor
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 592
Fax: (518) 402-2323
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
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 11/29/16.
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