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BOARD OF LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS AND THERAPISTS

 

DIVISION 40

REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSED MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS

833-040-0011

Educational Requirements for Licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist

To qualify for licensure as a marriage and family therapist under ORS 675.715(1)(b), an applicant must hold a graduate degree from one of the following:

(1) A marriage and family therapy program approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) or a marital and family therapy program fully accredited by the Counsel for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP);

(2) A program at an institution of higher learning that was accredited by a regional accrediting agency as of the date the degree was conferred; or

(3) A foreign program that has been evaluated by a credentialing body recognized by the Board. Submission of foreign degree evaluation and cost of the foreign degree qualification determination are the responsibility of the applicant.

(4) A graduate degree under section (1) must have included at least two semester credit hours or three credit quarter hours of coursework in the diagnosis of mental disorders.

(5) A graduate degree under sections (2) or (3) must have included all of the following requirements:

(a) For graduate degrees granted before October 1, 2014:

(A) At least two years in duration, including at least 48 semester credit hours or 72 quarter credit hours;

(B) At minimum, the following coursework:

(i) Human Development- four semester hours or six quarter hours;

(ii) Marital and Family Theoretical Foundation Studies- two semester hours or three quarter hours;

(iii) Marital and Family Therapy Diagnosis and Assessment, Treatment, Principles and Techniques Studies- eight semester hours or 12 quarter hours;

(iv) Professional Studies- two semester hours or three quarter hours;

(v) Research Methods or Statistics- two semester hours or three quarter hours;

(vi) Supporting Coursework Focusing on the Systems Paradigm for Specialty Areas- 16 semester hours or 24 quarter hours; and

(C) A supervised clinical practicum or internship experience of at least 600 clock hours, including 240 direct client contact hours.

(b) For graduate degrees granted on or after October 1, 2014:

(A) At least two years in duration, including at least 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of graduate-level credit;

(B) At minimum, the following graduate-level coursework:

(i) Individual and Family Development- four semester hours or six quarter hours;

(ii) Couple and Family Theoretical Foundation Studies- six semester hours or nine quarter hours;

(iii) Couple and Family Therapy, Treatment, and Techniques Studies- six semester hours or nine quarter hours;

(iv) Diagnosis of mental disorders- two semester hours or three quarter hours;

(v) Diversity studies that include issues related to diversity, power and privilege- two semester hours or three quarter hours;

(vi) Ethical and Professional Studies- two semester hours or three quarter hours;

(vii) Research Methods or Statistics- two semester hours or three quarter hours;

(viii) Supporting coursework focusing on counseling and/or systems approaches- 36 semester hours or 54 quarter hours; and

(C) A supervised clinical practicum or internship experience of at least 700 clock hours with 280 hours of direct client contact.

(c) The program’s clinical practicum or internship experience must have:

(A) Had supervisory staff with a minimum of a master's degree in the program emphasis and with pertinent professional experience;

(B) Made provision for faculty monitoring of operations;

(C) Kept records of student-client contact hours including summary of student progress by the supervisor;

(D) Had a written agreement with the program and student specifying learning objectives; and

(E) Had a mechanism for program evaluation.

(e) Deficiencies in the credit hour requirements of sections (a), (b) or (c) may be remedied by completing graduate level coursework in the deficient area(s) at a regionally accredited institution.

(f) Deficiencies in the supervised experience requirement of section (d) may be remedied by completion of:

(A) At least 700 clock hours of supervised clinical experience, including 280 direct client contact hours; or

(B) At least five years of full-time post-degree clinical experience, the majority of which must consist of work in relationship issues.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.785 - 675.835 & 676.160 - 676.180
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.785 - 675.835
Hist.: BLPCT 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 1-5-10; BLPCT 4-2016, f. & cert. ef. 10-10-16

833-040-0021

Experience Requirements for Licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist

(1) To qualify for licensure as a marriage and family therapist under ORS 675.715(1)(c) and 675.720, an applicant must have completed at least three years, defined as 36 months, of supervised clinical experience.

(2) To qualify for licensure through the internship registration method, supervised clinical experience must meet the requirements of OAR Chapter 833, Divisions 50 and 130.

(3) To qualify for licensure through direct method, supervised clinical experience must have:

(a) For those that apply to become a licensed marriage and family therapist before January 2, 2014, consisted of no less than 2,000 supervised direct client contact hours of therapy with at least 1,000 of those hours working with couples and families.

(b) For those who apply to become a licensed marriage and family therapist on or after January 2, 2014, consisted of no less than 2,400 supervised direct client contact hours of therapy with at least 1,000 of those hours working with couples and families.

(c) Included any combination of the following:

(A) Post-graduate degree supervised experience completed in Oregon prior to June 30, 2002;

(B) Post-graduate degree supervised experience completed in another jurisdiction pursuant to the jurisdiction’s laws and rules;

(C) Experience completed while a registered intern with the Board; or

(D) Up to one year of full-time supervised clinical experience and 400 hours of supervised direct client contact completed during the clinical portion of the qualifying graduate degree program.

(4) To qualify for licensure through the reciprocity method, supervised clinical experience must have consisted of no less than 2,400 hours of supervised post-graduate experience:

(a) A minimum of 1,200 hours of the required 2,400 must be direct client contact;

(b) A maximum of 1,200 hours of the required 2,400 may be from supervision, consulting, reporting.

(c) Up to one year of full-time supervised clinical experience and 400 hours of supervised direct client contact may have been completed during the clinical portion of the qualifying graduate degree program;

(d) Five or more years of post-license clinical experience may substitute for 1,000 hours of required supervised direct client contact.

(5) Direct client contact hours must have been face to face with a client or clients and/or contact via electronic communication consistent with OAR Chapter 833, Division 90.

(6) For direct and reciprocity methods, the experience must be a formal arrangement under the supervision of a person who is trained specifically in the systemic approach to couples and family therapy and holds a graduate-level state-issued license or registration, as a marriage and family therapist or equivalent as determined by the Board such as a clinical psychologist, clinical social worker, or professional counselor.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.785 - 675.835 & 676.160 - 676.180
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.785 - 675.835
Hist.: BLPCT 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 1-5-10; BLPCT 3-2010, f. 4-30-10, cert. ef. 5-3-10; BLPCT 6-2010, f. 12-13-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11; BLPCT 1-2014, f. & cert. ef. 1-8-14; BLPCT 4-2014, f. & cert. ef. 9-5-14; BLPCT 4-2016, f. & cert. ef. 10-10-16

833-040-0041

Examination Requirement for Licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist

(1) All applicants for licensure as a marriage and family therapist must pass a competency examination and an Oregon law and rules examination pursuant to OAR 833-020-0081.

(2) To qualify for licensure as a marriage and family therapist under ORS 675.715(1)(d), an applicant must pass, or have passed within ten years prior to the date the application was received by the Board, a competency examination.

(3) The Board prescribes as the competency examination the marital and family therapy examination of the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB).

(4) Applicants applying via the reciprocity method may meet the competency exam requirements specified in 833-020-0081.

(5) To qualify to sit for the competency examination, a LMFT applicant must:

(a) Submit an application; and

(b) Meet the graduate program and coursework requirements prescribed in OAR 833-040-0011.

(6) Candidates will pay exam and exam administration fees to the prescribed examination providers.

(7) Passing scores will be:

(a) Established by the AMFTRB for applicants who plan to take the exam after making application for Oregon licensure; or

(b) Established by the agency verifying passage of its examination for applicants who have completed an approved alternative examination.

(8) The Board will notify examinees in writing of the results of their examination.

(9) Following passage of the approved competency examination, the Board requires passage of an Oregon state law and rules examination, with a passing score as determined by the Board.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.785 - 675.835 & 676.160 - 676.180
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.785 - 675.835
Hist.: BLPCT 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 1-5-10; BLPCT 3-2010, f. 4-30-10, cert. ef. 5-3-10; BLPCT 1-2013, f. 1-11-13, cert. ef. 2-1-13; BLPCT 4-2016, f. & cert. ef. 10-10-16

833-040-0051

Documentation of Requirements for Licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist

Applicants for licensure as a marriage and family therapist must document meeting the requirements for licensure as follows:

(1) Educational requirements by official transcript, and by a completed graduate degree standards form with required attachments if supporting documentation is necessary;

(2) Experience requirements by submission of attestations from employers or supervisors regarding the setting, hours of experience and supervision received, and background and training of supervisor; and

(3) Examination requirement by submission of verification that an examination was taken and passed by the approved testing, licensing, or certification organization, passage of the state examination.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 675.785 - 675.835 & 676.160 - 676.180
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.785 - 675.835
Hist.: BLPCT 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 1-5-10

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