The Connecticut Association for
Marriage and Family Therapy

     A Division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

 

Connecticut Licensure


To access the LATEST information about the licensure of Marriage and Family Therapists, go to www.dph.state.ct.us/Licensure/apps/mft.pdf and read all about it.

Three other contacts are: the Department of Public Health has an email for questions about licensure: oplc.dph@po.state.ct.us and they have two websites:

   1. one for checking on licensure - www.ct-clic.com
   2. one for other information on applications, etc.  www.dph.state.ct.us

Marriage and family therapists have been regulated by the state of Connecticut since 1983 when our certification bill was passed by the state legislature. Certification was upgraded by legislation to Licensure in 1995. The licensure requirements follow. For information, call 1-(860) 566-1039 or write:

Department of Public Health
410 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
Main tel# 860.509.8000
Tel# for licensure is 860.509.7603

All DPH disciplinary actions are posted quarterly on their website dph.state.ct.us Go to the link for licensure renewal. Click on Health Care Quality & then click on Regulatory Action.


 

Marriage and Family Therapist Licensure Requirements

Chapter 383a provides several mechanisms and effective dates for candidates to qualify for Connecticut licensure as a marriage and family therapist. These are outlined below:

LICENSURE BY EXAMINATION

A candidate may be licensed by examination provided he/she has:

    1. completed a graduate degree program specializing in Marital and Family Therapy, as defined by regulation, from a regionally accredited college or university:
    2. completed at least twelve (12) months of supervised practicum or internship within a period not to exceed eighteen (18) consecutive months, with an emphasis in marital and family therapy, and supervised by either the program granting the degree or by an accredited post-graduate clinical training program which is approved by the commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education, and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, in which the student received a minimum of five hundred (500) direct clinical hours that included one hundred (100) hours of clinical supervision:
    3. subsequent to award of the master's or doctoral degree, or subsequent to the post-graduate clinical training program, completed a minimum of twelve (12) months of relevant post-graduate experience, which included at least 1000 hours of direct client contact offering marital and family therapy, and one hundred hours of supervised casework provided by a licensed marital and family therapist (please note that for a post-graduate experience that commences on or after January 1, 1996, the applicant shall not have directly compensated the supervisor for such supervision); 
    4. successfully completed the examination prescribed by the Department of Public Health.

LICENSURE WITHOUT EXAMINATION BASED ON OUT-OF-STATE LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION

A candidate may be certified by this route provided he/she:

    1. meets the education, training work experience, and supervision requirement specified above;
    2. is currently practicing practitioner licensed or certified in another state as a Marriage and Family Therapist;
    3. is in good professional standing in the state of licensure or certification; and
    4. was licensed or certified on the basis of standards commensurate with Connecticut's current licensure standards;
    5. has submitted a qualifying application and fee of $250.00 to the Department of Public Health;
    6. verification of passing score on the Examination in Marital and family Therapy of the Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (contact Professional Examination Service, 475 Riverside Drive, NY 10115 in order to have your score report officially transmitted to this agency).

LICENSURE APPLICATION PROCEDURES

All applicant materials for Marital and Family Licensure should be forwarded to: Department of Public Health and Family Therapist Licensure, 150 Washington Street, Hartford, CT 06106.

All Applicants must submit the following:

    1. Fully-completed application form, including passport-type photograph and authorization accompanied by non-refundable application processing fee of $250, submitted by certified check or money order, payable to: "Treasurer, State of Connecticut:"
    2. Official transcripts of all college study, forwarded DIRECTLY to this office from the institution at which the studies were undertaken. If the program of studies is not AAMFT approved or was not approved at the time of graduation, arrange to have a catalog description of the program and courses sent with the transcript. Applicants who have attended more than one post-secondary institution must request that an official transcript be forwarded directly to this office by each institution at which studies were undertaken;
    3. verification of any licenses/certificates held in other states.

Additionally, applicants must submit documents to verify specific credentials on which the application is based, as follows:

Applicants for licensure by examination, based on education and training in Marital and family Therapy:

    1. verification of twelve (12) months of supervised practicum or internship submitted directly to this office by those completing the verification.
    2. Verification of (12) months of post-graduate work experience, submitted directly to this office by the individuals(s) completing verification(s).

Applicants for licensure without examination, based on licensure/certification in another state:

    1. Verification of (12) months of supervised practicum or internship submitted directly to this office by the individual(s) completing verification(s):
    2. Verification of (12) months of post-graduate work experience, submitted directly to this office by the individual(s) completing verification(s):
    3. Verification of out-of-state licensure/certification directly from each state of licensure/certification;
    4. Verification of passing score on the Examination in Marital and Family Therapy of the Association of marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (contact Professional Examination Service, 475 Riverside Drive New York, NY 10115 in order to have your score report officially transmitted to this agency).

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