The information below is collected from state licensure boards or regulatory agencies responsible for regulating the professions of marriage and family therapy. The information is reviewed on an annual basis. Please be advised that laws, regulations, and policies may change at any time, so always check with your state for the most up-to-date information.
Florida has two MFT licenses, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and a provisional license. There is also a registered MFT Intern designation.
Registered Intern Requirements
- A master's degree in marriage and family therapy or a related field from a regionally accredited program.
- Completion of a supervised practicum, internship, or field experience in marriage and family therapy, including at least 180 direct client contact hours.
- If a practicum has not been completed, the hours may be obtained as a registered intern.
- Obtained a marriage and family therapy qualified supervisor, and submitted an acceptable supervision plan.
- This registration is valid for five years.
- Read more about Florida's MFT Intern requirements.
Marriage and Family Therapist License Requirements
- Completion of the education and internship requirements for the registered MFT intern designation.
- Passed the exam approved by the board (AMFTRB exam).
- Completion of two years of post-degree supervised experience as an MFT.
- Must include a minimum of 1,500 hours providing face-to-face psychotherapy services in no less than 100 weeks.
- At least one hour of direct supervision every two weeks.
- Group supervision must alternate with individual.
- Completion of an eight-hour laws and rules course from a board-approved supervisor.
- Completion of a three hour HIV/AIDS course, and a two-hour domestic violence course from a board-approved provider within six months of licensure.
- Read more about Florida's licensure requirements.
Licensure by Endorsement (Portability)
Read more details on Florida MFT licensure
Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling
- A provisional license is available for licensure applicants who completed their two-years of post-graduate supervised experience in another state but do not meet Florida's licensure requirements.
- Allows the applicant to practice under supervision while fulfilling other requirements.
- This license is valid for 24 months and may not be reissued or renewed.
- Licensure may be granted if:
- The applicant demonstrates knowledge of the laws and rules governing the practice of marriage and family therapy in Florida.
- The applicant holds an active license, and has actively practiced marriage and family therapy for three of the last five years preceding licensure.
- The applicant has passed a substantially equivalent licensing exam.
- Read more about licensure by endorsement.
In order to renew a license, a licensee must complete continuing education every two years.
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