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.
Maine has two MFT licenses, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and a Conditional License.
Conditional License Requirements
- A master's or doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy, or a related topic with equivalent coursework, from a regionally accredited program approved by the Board.
- Must include a one-year clinical practicum/internship, with at least 900 clock hours and a minimum of 360 hours of client contact.
- Pass the exam approved by the Board (AMTRB Exam).
- A plan established to complete hours of work experience and supervision.
- Three letters of reference to be completed by professionals in the counseling field.
- This license is valid for two years, and may be renewed for up to two additional two-year periods.
- A temporary conditional license may be granted to an applicant that has not yet taken the exam. This license is valid for six months, and is nonrenewable.
Marriage and Family Therapist License Requirements
- Completion of the requirements for conditional licensure.
- Completion of two years of post-degree supervised experience as an MFT.
- 3,000 hours of supervised clinical counseling experience.
- A minimum of 1,000 hours must be direct clinical contact with couples and families.
- 200 hours of direct clinical supervision, at a rate of one hour of supervision per 15 hours of experience. 100 hours must be individual supervision.
- Up to 50 hours of individual supervision may be conducted through live video or audio conferencing.
- An applicant whose degree did not include a sufficient internship, but did include at least 600 clock hours must complete additional post-graduate clinical supervision:
- 4,000 hours of supervised clinical counseling experience, 1,500 of which must be direct clinical contact with couples and families.
- 300 hours of direct clinical supervision, at a rate of one hour of supervision per 13 hours of practice. 150 hours must be individual, 75 of which may be conducted through live video or audio conferencing.
- Must be supervised under a board-approved supervisor.
Licensure by Endorsement (Portability)
Read more details on Maine MFT licensure in the Administrative Rules
Maine Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure
- Must provide verification of licenses held in other jurisdictions, with evidence of no disciplinary action.
- Two pathways:
- Substantially equivalent license: Applicant submits evidence of five years of active practice in another jurisdiction with a substantially equivalent license.
- Substantially similar qualifications: Applicant's qualifications are substantially similar to Maine's licensing requirements.
In order to renew a license, a licensee must complete continuing education every two years.
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