Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (LMFTA)
A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (LMFTA) holds a license that is granted to an individual who has met and maintained all the qualifications necessary for LMFTA licensure. A LMFTA must practice in an agency setting under a “Board Approved” supervision contract. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associates do not have to earn continuing education beyond their supervision requirement and are not eligible for inactive status. The LMFTA license is valid for two years and can only be renewed once. Therefore, the LMFTA license will not be valid for more than four years. This should provide ample time to complete the post graduate supervised clinical experience requirements for licensure.
The Board of Examiners is currentlylicensing Marriage and Family Therapy Associates (LMFTAs) in accordance with the new licensure law and the forthcoming revised rules and regulations. The addition of the LMFTA level of licensure, allows marriage and family therapy graduates to be licensed while completing their post graduate supervised clinical experience requirements for LMFT licensure. Licensing MFTs at two levels is a national trend that facilitates public protection and enhances opportunities for those candidates seeking full licensure as a LMFT. A summary of the LMFTA licensure requirements is listed below:
• Official transcripts of graduate education from a COAMFTE accredited MFT Program.
• Documentation of a completed clinical practicum of no less than 12 consecutive months that provided opportunities for face to face clinical practice with individuals, couples and families and opportunities for live supervision. The practicum student must have completed a minimum of 500 face to face clinical client contact hours of which no less than 200 must be relational contact hours with couples and/or families and must have received supervision with a ratio of no less than one (1) hour of supervision for each six (6) hours of clinical client contact. The practicum experience must be supervised by an AAMFT Approved Supervisor or Supervisor Candidate under supervision-of- supervision by an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Practicum groups shall should be limited to a maximum of 8 supervisees per supervisor per group.
• Documentation of a passing score on the National Examination in Marital and Family Therapy prescribed by the Association for Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards.
• Documentation of an acceptable supervision plan that has been approved by the Board.
• Three acceptable letters of professional reference from licensed mental health professionals who have known the applicant for at least one year, sent directly to the Board by the professional.
• A recent picture of the applicant.
• An acceptable criminal history records check, using finger print identification, by appropriate governmental authorities and an acceptable sex offender check, prescribed by the Board.
• The non-refundable application fee. The Board does not accept personal checks for payment of fees.
If you have any questions or comments regarding any information contained in this article, please feel free to contact any MFT member of Mississippi Board of Examiners or Billy Dilworth, the Executive Director of the Board.