Marriage and family therapists who wish to obtain the AAMFT Approved Supervisor designation must identify and contract with an Approved Supervisor at the beginning of their training. The Approved Supervisor will guide and monitor the progress of the supervisor candidate, and will eventually recommend that the AAMFT award the Approved Supervisor designation to a candidate who has successfully completed the training process. This process is referred to as supervision mentoring.
Once the Approved Supervisor is satisfied that the supervisor candidate has met all requirements for the designation’s application, the Approved Supervisor oversees the supervisor candidate’s application for the designation. The AAMFT will conduct a quantitative review of the application to ensure that all requirements have been met and, if so, will award the Approved Supervisor designation to the supervisor candidate.
Becoming an AAMFT Approved Supervisor involves three steps, described in detail below. In short, they are:
1. Prepare to train – ensure prerequisites are met; identify an Approved Supervisor to serve as the mentor; develop a plan for fulfilling the training requirements.
2. Complete training requirements – take a pre-approved supervision fundamentals course (that requires a Philosophy of Supervision paper); provide supervision to MFT/trainees; receive supervision mentoring from an Approved Supervisor; obtain MFT license or AAMFT Clinical Membership.
3. Submit application – Complete and submit an application packet, endorsed by the Approved Supervisor mentor, to AAMFT.
It is recommended that the Approved Supervisor Designation Standards and Responsibilities Handbook, October 2007 be reviewed in its entirety before beginning the training process. Please visit http://www.aamft.org/membership/Supervision/Approved%20Supervisor_handbook.pdf to download.
For more information on prerequisites, training requirements, and application process please visit, http://www.aamft.org/membership/Approved%20Supervisor/AS_Becoming_AS.asp