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.
Pennsylvania has one MFT license, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).
Marriage and Family Therapist License Requirements
- Graduated from an accredited program with at least a master's degree in marriage and family therapy or a related subject with equivalent coursework.
- Passed the exam prescribed by the board.
- Completion of post-graduate supervised clinical experience.
- Master's degree: 3,000 hours.
- Doctoral degree: 2,400 hours. 1,200 hours of which must be obtained after the granting of the doctoral degree.
- Must be supervised under a board-approved supervisor.
- Completion of 200 hours of direct supervision, 100 of which must be individual.
- More details on MFT licensure in Pennsylvania
Licensure by Endorsement (Portability)
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Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors
- Must provide verification of licenses held in other jurisdictions, with evidence of no disciplinary action.
- The requirements of licensure in the previous state must be equivalent or exceed the requirements for Pennsylvania licensure, as determined by the Board.
- Can also demonstrate active engagement in the practice of marriage and family therapy for 5 of the last 7 years, and completed a minimum of 3,000 hours of supervised clinical experience.
In order to renew a license, a licensee must complete continuing education every two years.
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