Overview on Licensing in Pennsylvania

Educational Requirement

  1. Master’s Level: Successfully completed a planned program of 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of graduate coursework which is closely related to marriage and family therapy
    1. 48 semester hour Master’s degree in marriage and family therapy or
    2. 48 semester hours Master’s degree in closely related field (social work, psychology, counseling, child development and family studies, medicine, nursing, pastoral counseling, ministry, theology, education, and sociology) and graduate coursework in marriage and family therapy from an accredited institution or national accrediting agency.
    3. Doctorate Level: Holds a doctorate in
      1. Marriage and family therapy from an accredited institution, or
      2. Closely related field (social work, psychology, counseling, child development and family studies, medicine, nursing, pastoral counseling, ministry, theology, education, and sociology) and graduate coursework in marriage and family therapy from an accredited institution or national accrediting agency.
      3. MFT Graduate Coursework requirements(3 credits each) – see regulations for specifics
        1. Human development – 3 courses
        2. Marriage & family studies – 3 semesters
        3. Marriage & family therapy – 3 courses
        4. Professional studies – 1 course
        5. Research – 1 course
        6. Practicum – 300 supervised direct client contact hours with individuals, couples and families.

Experience – Half of the experience must be in direct service:  assessment, couples therapy, family therapy, other systems intervention, consultation, individual therapy, and/or group therapy.

  • “Supervised work activity will be counted toward satisfying the experience work requirement only if it takes place in a single setting for either, at least 30 hours per week but no more than 50 hours per week during at least a 3-month period, or at least 15 hours per week for at least 6 months.”
  • “The supervised clinical experience shall be completed in no less than 2 years and no more than 6 years, except that no less than 500 hours and no more than 1,800 may be credited in any 12-month period.”
  • 2 hours supervision are needed for every 40 hours experience. At least half of the supervision hours must be individual and in person. Half of the supervision hours can be in a group.
  • Half of the supervision hours need to be completed by AAMFT approved supervisor who is an LMFT, half can be from a licensed professional with 5 years experience in last 10 years including a LMFT.

 

  1. Master’s level – 3000 supervised clinical hours after completion of 48 graduate credits.
  2. Doctorate level – 2400 supervised clinical hours.