Master’s Level Training in Couple and Family Therapy
A master’s degree in marriage and family therapy or counseling is required for licensure as a marriage and family therapist in the United States. Most programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), the official education accrediting body of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), while others are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) or other related fields. Programs accredited by COAMFTE typically require 60 credit hours of semester coursework and a final project, such as a research thesis, a theory paper, or a comprehensive exam according to the requirements of the host department, college, or university. Coursework must cover the foundational areas considered necessary for effective clinical practice, including 500 h of supervised direct client contact, including work with children, couples, and families.
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