Rhode Island State Resources


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.

Rhode Island has one MFT license, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). There is also an MFT Intern designation.

Marriage and Family Therapist License Requirements

  • A master's or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited program in marriage and family therapy, or a related subject with equivalent coursework. 
    • Must include a minimum of 12 semester credit hours of supervised practicum.
    • Must include one year of a supervised internship consisting of 20 hours a week. 
  • Passed the exam approved by the board.
  • Completion of two years of post-degree work experience as an MFT.
    • A minimum of 2,000 hours of direct client contact. 
    • A minimum of 100 hours of direct supervision spread over the two years. 

Licensure by Endorsement (Portability)

  • 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 Rhode Island licensure, as determined by the Board. 

Read more details on Rhode Island MFT licensure
State of Rhode Island Department of Health: Marriage, Family and Mental Health Therapy Licensing

Continuing Education

In order to renew a license, a licensee must complete continuing education every two years. 

Required hours


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