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MFTs, allied mental health professionals, and other interest professionals who are dedicated to their ongoing growth and professional development are not hard to find. They are members of the AAMFT. Regardless of the stage of your career as an MFT, an allied mental health professional, or other interested and qualified professional, AAMFT has a membership category that best suits you.

Following are the six (6) AAMFT Membership Categories:

Clinical Fellow

Clinical Fellow membership is the credentialed level of membership in the AAMFT. Clinical Fellows have met the rigorous standards of training in marriage and family therapy and are recognized worldwide for these standards.  There are two tracks that will allow one to become a Clinical Fellow in the Association.

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Members of the Association shall have attained and hold a current independent (private) practice in a mental health field other than MFT, as defined by the Board that legally authorizes you to provide services to individuals, couples, and families.

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Pre-Clinical Fellow

An individual who has completed a master's or doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy from a regionally accredited educational institution, or an equivalent course of study, and is completing the post degree supervised clinical hours toward licensure for independent practice. 

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Associate Membership

Associate members are individuals who submit proof of an official designation indicating they have met all educational requirements for licensure or certification in a mental health profession other than marriage and family therapy and are completing the post graduate clinical hours to practice independently in a mental health field other than MFT.

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Student Membership

Student members are those that are enrolled in a graduate marriage and family therapy program, or an equivalent graduate mental health program, which can reasonably be expected to lead to qualifications as a Clinical Fellow or Member of AAMFT.

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Affiliate Membership

An Affiliate is an individual is in a field related to marriage and family therapy other mental health discipline but not licensed nor have any plans to deliver mental health services independently.

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AAMFT 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. 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, October 2002 and the AAMFT Code of Ethics. 

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Legal and Ethical Resources

Do you need information regarding ethics or legal matters? Access and review the variety of topics offered by AAMFT on ethical and legal matters.

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Career Center

Access resources ranging from practice building to marketing to job interviewing in the AAMFT Career Center.

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