Licensure Requirements

Chapter 33. Requirements for Licensure

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§3301. General Provisions

A. The board upon recommendation of the marriage and family therapy advisory committee shall license to practice all persons who present satisfactory evidence of qualifications as specified in these rules and regulations of the advisory committee. Such licensure shall be signed by the chairman and vice chairman of the board and the chairman and vice chairman of the advisory committee. No license shall be denied any applicant based upon the applicant’s race, religion, creed, national origin, sex, or physical impairment.

AUTHORITY NOTE: Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 37:1101-1122.

HISTORICAL NOTE: Promulgated by the Department of Health and Hospitals, Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners, LR 29:155 (February 2003).

§3303. Definitions

Applicant―any individual seeking licensure who has submitted an official application and paid the application fee.

Client Contact Hour―a 50-minute period a therapist spends working face-to-face with an individual, couple, family, or group.

Direct Client Contact―face-to-face (therapist and client) therapy with individuals, couples, families, and/or groups from a relational perspective. Activities such as telephone contact, case planning, observation of therapy, record keeping, travel, administrative activities, consultation with community members or professionals, or supervision, are not considered direct client contact. Assessments done
face-to-face and more than clerical in nature and focus may be counted as direct client contact. Psychoeducation may be counted as direct client contact.

Marriage and Family Therapist Intern or MFT Intern―a person registered with the board who is receiving MFT approved postgraduate supervision.

AUTHORITY NOTE: Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 37:1101-1122.

HISTORICAL NOTE: Promulgated by the Department of Health and Hospitals, Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners, LR 29:155 (February 2003), amended LR 29:2784 (December 2003)

§3305. General Licensing Requirements

A. To become licensed, an applicant must:

1. be of good moral character;

2. never have engaged in any practice or conduct that would be grounds for refusing to issue a license;

3. be qualified for licensure pursuant to the requirements provided for in this Subpart;

4. file a completed application form, accompanied by the required fee;

5. ask that official transcripts be sent directly from the education institution for the applicants’ files;

6. provide a statement of practice (refer to §4720, the Appendix) for review and approval by the advisory committee. Applicants also licensed by one or more other allied mental health professions may integrate the requirements specific to licensed marriage and family therapy as determined by the advisory committee into any similar informed consent document required for licensure by such allied mental health professions.

AUTHORITY NOTE: Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 37:1101-1122.

HISTORICAL NOTE: Promulgated by the Department of Health and Hospitals, Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners, LR 29:155 (February 2003).

§3311. Academic Requirements

A. The advisory committee and board have determined that “meets the standards” as provided in RS 37:1101(12) means

1. A master’s or doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) in a regionally accredited educational institution or a certificate in marriage and family therapy from a post-graduate training institute accredited by COAMFTE; or

2. a master’s or doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy or marriage and family counseling from a program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in a regionally accredited educational institution with a minimum of 6 graduate courses in marriage and family therapy including coursework on the AAMFT Code of Ethics and a minimum of 500 supervised direct client contact hours, with a minimum of 250 hours of these 500 hours with couples and families, and a minimum of 100 hours of face-to-face supervision. The training of the supervisor must be equivalent to that of an AAMFT Approved Supervisor or AAMFT Supervisor Candidate.

§3313. Examination Requirements

A. The examination for licensure shall be the national marriage and family therapy examination as determined by the advisory committee. No other examination will be accepted.

B. Applicants for licensure are not eligible for examination until approved by the advisory committee.

C. Passing scores on the examination are determined by the testing agency.

D. Any person who fails an examination shall not be admitted to a subsequent examination for at least six months.

AUTHORITY NOTE: Promulgated in accordance with R.S. 37:1101-1122.

HISTORICAL NOTE: Promulgated by the Department of Health and Hospitals, Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners, LR 29:158 (February 2003).

§3315. Supervision Requirements

A. General Provisions

1. Applicants who meet the degree requirements must successfully complete a minimum of two years of work experience in marriage and family therapy under qualified supervision in accordance with COAMFTE supervision standards as described in this Section.

B. Definitions for Supervision

Co-Therapy Supervision―supervision outside the session on cases in which the supervisor is a co-therapist.

Consultation―a voluntary relationship between professionals of relative equal expertise or status wherein the person being consulted offers his/her best advice or information on an individual case or problem for use by the person asking for assistance. The consultant has no functional authority over the person asking for assistance, no legal or professional accountability for either the services performed or the welfare of the client. Consultation is not supervision. Experience under contract for consultation will not be credited toward fulfillment of supervision requirements.

Group Supervision―face-to-face supervision of more than two MFT Interns and no more than six MFT Interns per group regardless of the number of supervisors. Group supervision provides the opportunity for the supervisees to interact with other supervisees and offers a different learning experience than that obtained from individual supervision.

Individual Supervision―face-to-face supervision of one or two individuals by one supervisor.

LMFT-Approved Supervisor―an individual who has met requirements and takes responsibility for the practice of the supervisee during a specific time to enable the supervisee to meet the requirements of licensing. The supervisor is responsible for the delivery of services, the representation to the public of services, and the supervisor/supervisee relationship.

LMFT-Registered Supervisor Candidate―an individual under the supervision of an LMFT-approved supervisor for the purpose of qualifying as an LMFT-approved supervisor.

Live Supervision―supervision (individual and /or group) in which the supervisor directly observes the case while the therapy is being conducted and has the opportunity to provide supervisory input during the session. When a supervisor conducts live supervision the time is counted as individual supervision for up to two interns providing therapy in the room with the client(s) and for up to two interns observing the therapy and interacting with the supervisor. The time is counted as group supervision when more than two MFT interns involved in direct client contact or more than two observers interacting with the supervisor are present, providing that there are no more than six interns involved.

MFT Intern―a person registered with the board who is receiving supervision from an LMFT-approved supervisor or supervisor candidate.

Qualified Supervision―supervision of the clinical services of an MFT intern by an LMFT-approved supervisor or LMFT-registered supervisor candidate recommended by the MFT Advisory Committee and approved by the board.

Supervision―the professional relationship between a supervisor and supervisee that promotes the development of responsibility, skill, knowledge, and ethical standards in the practice of licensed marriage and family therapy. In addition to monitoring the MFT intern’s supervised interaction with clients, the supervisor provides regular, face-to-face guidance and instruction. Supervision may include, without being limited to, the review of case presentations, audiotapes, videotapes, and direct observation.

Registered Candidate for LMFT-Approved Supervisor Plan―a written agreement on a form required by the advisory committee that establishes the supervisory framework for supervision of a licensed marriage and family therapist who is training to become an LMFT approved supervisor.

Supervised Experience Plan―a written agreement on a form required by the advisory committee that establishes the supervisory framework for postgraduate clinical experience and describes the expectations and responsibilities of the supervisor and the supervisee.

Work Experience―includes direct client contact and activities such as telephone contact, case planning, observation of therapy, record keeping, travel, administrative activities, consultation with community members or professionals, or supervision.

C. Supervision Requirements for Licensure

1. A registered MFT intern must complete a minimum of two years of post-graduate work experience in marriage and family therapy that includes at least 3,000 hours of clinical services to individuals, couples, or families.

a. At least 2,000 hours of these hours must be direct clinical services.

b. The remaining 1,000 hours may come from related experiences that may include but are not limited to workshops, public relations, writing case notes, consulting with referral sources, etc.

c. Supervisees should apply systemic theories and treatment with all clients and make every effort to work with as many couples and families as possible.

2. The required supervision must include at least 200 hours of supervision, of which at least 100 hours must be individual supervision. Up to 100 hours of supervision received during a graduate program that can be documented as systemic may be counted toward the 200 hours.

3. The work experience shall be obtained over not less than two years.

4. After the supervision plan is submitted and fees are paid, the board upon recommendation of the advisory committee will approve supervisors before supervision begins. Supervision hours may not be counted until after approval. Approval of a supervised experience plan does not mean that the supervised experience when completed will be automatically approved.

5. To meet the requirements of the supervised clinical experience, the supervisee must:

a. meet face-to-face with the supervisor for sustained and intense learning customarily for 1 hour per 10 hours of client contact, with once every other week, the minimum; and three times a week ordinarily the maximum;

b. file with the advisory committee a supervised experience plan as defined in §3315.B.Definitions for Supervision.

6. It is recommended that the supervisory experience include sequentially at least two supervisors with diverse family therapy orientations, such as, but not limited to, narrative, MRI, Bowenian, structural, strategic, behavioral, or solution focused.

7. The following are not acceptable as approved supervision:

a. peer supervision (supervision by a person of equivalent, rather than superior, qualifications, status and experience);

b. supervision by current or former family members (such as parents, spouse, former spouse, siblings, children, cousins, present or former in-laws, aunts, uncles, grandparents, grandchildren, step-children), anyone sharing the same household, employees, or any other person where the nature of the personal relationship prevents or makes difficult the establishment of a professional relationship. For purposes of this Rule, a supervisor shall not be considered an employee of the supervisee if the only compensation received by the supervisor consists of payment for actual supervisory hours;

c. administrative supervision (administrative supervision by an institutional director or executive, for example, conducted to evaluate job performance or for case management rather the clinical supervision of the quality of therapy given to clients);

d. a primarily didactic process wherein techniques or procedures are taught in a group setting, classroom, workshop, or seminar;

e. consultation, staff development, or orientation to a field program, or role-playing of family interrelationships as a substitute for current clinical practice in an appropriate clinical situation.