Frequently Asked Questions about AAMFT Membership

I would like to sign up for membership.  What category best suits my particular circumstances?

  • If you have the highest level of MFT licensure in marriage and family therapy from a US state, you are eligible for Clinical Fellow.
  • If you have the highest level of mental health licensure in a field other than MFT, you are eligible for our Allied Mental Health Professional category.
  • If you are a post-graduate under supervision working toward the highest level of MFT licensure in a US state, you are eligible for Pre-Clinical Fellow.
  • If you are a post-graduate under supervision working toward the highest level of mental health licensure that is not MFT, you are eligible for Pre-Allied Mental Health Professional.
  • If you are enrolled in a graduate or post-degree training program that can be reasonably expected to lead towards licensure as a marriage and family therapist, Clinical Fellow membership, or Allied Mental Health Professional and are not eligible for a higher membership category, then the appropriate category is Student.
  • *If you live outside of the US, we have evaluative track standards for Pre-Clinical Fellow and Clinical Fellow membership*
  • If you work with couples and families but do not qualify for one of our other membership categories, you are welcome to be an Affiliate.

How much are dues with AAMFT?

Clinical Fellow: $216.00 
Allied Mental Health Professional: $221.00
Pre-Clinical Fellow:     $146.00
Pre-Allied Mental Health Professional: $146.00
Student Member:         $ 82.00
Affiliate Member: $161.00
Clinical Fellows residing outside the United States and Canada:  $154.00

How many members belong to AAMFT?

As of October 2020, AAMFT has over 22,000 members.

I need to transfer my membership to another category.  How do I do that?

In order to transfer your membership appropriately to another category please complete and submit a transfer application.  You can access application information by clicking the red box at the top of the page that says "Join/Renew AAMFT." Instructions for transferring online can be found here. You can also email a PDF application to central@aamft.org.

I’ve let my AAMFT membership lapse and would like to reinstate.  How do I do that?

In order to complete your reinstatement, please fill out and submit an application to reinstate if rejoining in the same membership category. If you need to rejoin in a different membership category, you will need to complete an application to transfer to the new category. Click on the "Join/Renew AAMFT" box at the top of this page. Instructions for reinstating online can be found here. You can also email a PDF application to central@aamft.org.

What is the difference between renewing and reinstating my membership?

Reinstating your membership occurs when your membership has lapsed by 61 or more days. Reinstating puts you on a new billing cycle. Renewing occurs when you are considered a current, active member renewing on the same billing cycle. Renewing your membership occurs when you pay your dues 60 days or less from the date they expire. 

What are Optional Engagement Programs? 

AAMFT offers two types of engagement programs: geographic and topical. For Geographic Engagement Programs, members can join programs in various U.S. States and Canadian provinces that focus on advocacy, education, and networking with a local flavor. Topical Engagement Programs have a variety of topics and specialties that are important for MFTs, these groups offer a wide array of ways to connect to MFTs with your focus.  

Can I add Engagement Programs at any point in my membership?

Yes. You can add them at any point in your membership cycle, but they will conform to your dues billing cycle. For example, if your membership expires in September but you add the Engagement Program in March, you will only receive 6 months of membership in the Engagement Program because your national membership expires in September. AAMFT DOES NOT accept pro-rated payments for joining mid-cycle. You can add a program here

How long does it take to process an application after it has been received?

If applying online, membership is active as soon as we receive payment. If your application contains ethics issues, it can take up to 30 days to process. If you are mailing a copy of the application, it can also take 30 days from the date we receive it to process your application. We strongly encourage online or email applications whenever possible. PLEASE NOTE Due to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 situation, AAMFT staff is now working remotely and unavailable to receive and process postal deliveries. Any applications, payments, or other correspondence sent through the mail will be processed as soon as we are able to physically return to the office. 

How Do I Contact AAMFT?

By phone:  (703) 838-9808

By email:  central@aamft.org

By fax (703) 838-9805

By Mail:  AAMFT 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (CURRENTLY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19).

Once I sign up, what cycle is my membership on?  Calendar Year?

Your membership will reflect the current time period for which you are applying.  For instance, if you sign up on November 15th, your membership begin date will be December 1st and will expire the following year on November 30th.

Dues are by anniversary and runs from the time you join/renew until the following year during that same time of the year.  You will receive your first email 90 days prior to your expiration date, another one at 60 days, and several more after that. You will also receive a paper invoice the month after your membership has been dropped.

If I sign up and decide for any reason that I want to terminate my membership, are my dues and fees refundable?

No.  Dues and fees paid to AAMFT are non-refundable.

Does the application for membership need to be completed electronically?

No, while we encourage you to join online so that you can start receiving your benefits immediately, you can also download the application and mail or fax to us along with payment and additional information as necessary. PLEASE NOTE Due to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 situation, AAMFT staff is now working remotely and unavailable to receive and process postal deliveries. Any applications, payments, or other correspondence sent through the mail will be processed as soon as we are able to physically return to the office. We encourage you to either email your application or apply online. 

I do not want to submit my application electronically.  What other ways can I send it?

By fax (703) 838-9805

By Mail:  AAMFT 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (CURRENTLY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19).

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