Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 265–290 | Cite as

Recent and emerging trends in marital and family therapy regulation

  • Kinly Sturkie
  • Wilbur E. Johnson
Professional Regulation and Preparation of MFTs


The number of states in the United States that formally credential marital and family therapists has tripled to 31 during the last decade. This paper reviews and compares the basic licensure and certification requirements in these states, and explores a number of broad issues currently confronting the field of marital and family therapy regulation. Several recommendations for improving the quality of MFT regulation are also provided.

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Marital and family therapy professional regulation professional issues 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kinly Sturkie
    • 1
  • Wilbur E. Johnson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyClemson UniversityClemson
  2. 2.Office of the South Carolina Attorney GeneralCarolinaUSA

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