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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(2), an applicant must hold one of the following:

(1) A graduate degree in marriage and family therapy received from a 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); or

(2) A graduate degree determined by the Board to be comparable in both content and quality by meeting the academic and training program standards for graduate degrees set out in OAR 833 division 60; or

(3) A graduate degree determined by the Board to meet a majority of the graduate degree standards defined in OAR 833 division 60 and the degree coursework standards set forth in 833 division 60, including additional graduate training as set forth in 833 division 60 that together meet the graduate degree standards of graduate academic coursework related to a degree in marriage and family therapy.

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

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(4) and 675.720, an applicant must have completed at least three years of full-time supervised clinical experience that consisted of no less than 2,000 supervised client contact hours of therapy with at least 1,000 of those hours working with couples and families.

(2) Those who apply to become a licensed marriage and family therapist on or after January 2, 2014, must have completed the equivalent of three years of full-time supervised clinical experience that consisted of no less than 2,000 supervised client contact hours of therapy with at least 1,000 of those hours working with couples and families.

(3) Direct client contact hours must have been:

(a) Obtained after receipt of the qualifying graduate degree; and

(b) Face to face with a client or clients including through electronic communication.

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

833-040-0031

Supervision of Direct Client Contact Hours

(1) For those applying for licensure through the direct or reciprocity methods, supervision must:

(a) Take place within the same calendar month as the completed direct client contact hours;

(b) Be provided by someone other than a spouse or relative by blood or marriage or a person with whom the applicant has or had a personal relationship;

(c) Be the result of a professional relationship between a qualified supervisor and a counselor. Such relationship involves discussions based on case notes, charts, records, and available audio or visual tapes. The supervisee presents assessments and treatment plans for the clients being seen. The supervisor focuses on the appropriateness of the plans and the supervisee's therapeutic skill. In contrast to consultation, the supervisor has the authority to direct treatment plans. In contrast to therapy, the supervisor will identify counter-transference issues and develop a plan for the supervisee to work through those issues independently; and

(d) Total no less than two (2) hours of supervision for months where 45 or less direct client contact hours are completed; or total no less than three (3) hours of supervision for months where 46 or more direct client contact hours are completed; and

(e) Be conducted in a professional setting, face to face, one to one, except:

(A) Up to 75 percent of the individual supervision hours may be by electronic communication; and

(B) Up to 50 percent of the supervision may have been received in a group setting, which:

(i) Included no more than ten (10) supervisees for supervision taking place before July 1, 1998 or six (6) supervisees for supervision on or after July 1, 1998;

(ii) Where the leadership does not shift from one supervisor to another; and

(iii) Is not a staff or team meeting, intensive training seminar, discussion group, consultation session, or quality assurance or review group.

(2) The supervisor, at the time of supervision must have been:

(a) A supervisor approved by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy or a diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors; or

(b) Licensed as a marriage and family therapist or hold an equivalent certification or license as determined by the Board, such as that required for clinical psychologists, clinical social workers and professional counselors; and

(A) Been trained specifically in the systemic approach to couples and family therapy;

(B) Completed a minimum of five (5) years of clinical experience; and

(C) For any supervision hours after June 30, 1992, completed thirty (30) clock hours of training in supervision theory and practice in post-master’s academic coursework or equivalent training, 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

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 an examination consisting of two separate sections: a competency section and an Oregon law and rules section.

(2) To qualify for licensure as a marriage and family therapist under ORS 675.715(5), an applicant must pass a competency examination prescribed by the Board or have passed other approved alternative exams, within 10 years from the date of application for licensure.

(3) The Board prescribes as the competency section the computerized marital and family therapy examination of the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB) in association with the Professional Examination Service.

(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 division 60.

(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 only, 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

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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