Approved Supervisor Designation
AAMFT Approved Supervisors are dedicated professionals who have obtained the educational, experiential and supervisory training required for the competent supervision of marriage and family therapists and trainees. Those who have earned the designation serve as mentors who support and nurture their supervisees’ strengths and resources, and provide a learning environment that ensures thorough marriage and family therapy (MFT) training and education.
AAMFT Approved Supervisors have a breadth and depth of MFT clinical and supervisory experience, and they stay involved in the professional MFT community. They are committed to refining their clinical and supervisory skills, and they participate in ongoing professional development through their affiliation with the AAMFT.
Approved Supervisors work from a systemic orientation, using a variety of MFT theoretical approaches in their practice. Their supervision is guided by the Responsibilities and Guidelines for AAMFT Approved Supervisors, set forth in the Approved Supervisor Handbook, January 2014 and the Code of Ethics.
Approved Supervisor Handbook
The standards and responsibilities for earning and maintaining the Approved Supervisor designation are outlined in the Approved Supervisor Designation Standards and Responsibilities Handbook, January 2014. The handbook contains information and applications needed to become an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, and to maintain the designation. It includes guidelines for the performance of supervision responsibilities by AAMFT Approved Supervisors and candidates for the designation. AAMFT Approved Supervisors should refer to this handbook, or any revision hereafter, for a complete description of the standards, responsibilities, and guidelines for marriage and family therapy supervision. You may download a PDF version of the entire handbook below.
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Important Links for the Approved Supervisor designation
The Fundamentals of MFT Supervision Course- offered at the AAMFT Winter Institutes for Advanced Clinical Training
Becoming an AAMFT Approved Supervisor
Renewal of the AAMFT Approved Supervisor Designation
Find a Pre-Approved Supervision Course
Find an AAMFT Approved Supervisor
Responsibilities and Guidelines for AAMFT Approved Supervisors and Supervisor Candidates
Approved Supervisor Final Application and Supervisor Candidate Verification Form
Supervision Course Requirements and Forms for Course Instructors
Tools for Supervisor Candidates and Supervisor Mentors
Frequently Asked Questions
The standards and responsibilities for earning and maintaining the Approved Supervisor designation are outlined in the Approved Supervisor Designation Standards and Responsibilities Handbook, October 2007