Becoming a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist in Arizona

arizonaIn the state of Arizona there are many positions available for marriage family therapists. The role of a person working in this field is to provide individuals, couples, and families with mental health care. They work within the family dynamic to determine the roles of each person and how they can better relate to one another. Marriage family therapists work at mental health centers, private practices, hospitals, and for the government. Most positions are full time.

In order to become a marriage family therapist in the state of Arizona there are several requirements that must be met in order to become licensed. These are outlined below.

Licensing Requirements for Marriage Family Therapists in Arizona

Applicants for licensure as a marriage family therapist will need to have a master’s degree or doctorate degree in marriage family therapy from a college or university that has been accredited either by the Commission of Accreditation for Marriage Family Therapy Education or has been determined by the credentialing board to be equivalent to an approved program.

MFT Educational Track Education Requirements Education Length Available Programs
Undergraduate Work Earn a Bachelor's Degree in Counseling 4 Years Online or Campus
Graduate Work Earn a Master's Degree in Counseling 5-6 Years Online or Campus
PHD or Doctoral Work Earn a Doctorate in Counseling 7-8 Years Online or Campus

The following courses must be included in the program:

  • 3 courses of marriage and family studies
  • 3 courses of marriage and family therapy
  • 3 courses in human development
  • 1 course in professional studies
  • 1 course in research
  • Practicum: must be two courses. The course must be limited to marriage and family services to couples, families, and individuals within a professional or educational setting that is directed by a supervisor or faculty member that is selected by the university or college.

In addition, an applicant for marriage family licensure must complete a supervised internship as a part of their master or doctoral degree program. The internship will consist of at least 300 client contact hours that are under direct supervision. The individual that is providing the supervision must be approved by the board.

Next, a person must complete the national licensure examination as offered through the Professional Examination Service.

Read about MFT degrees in Arizona.

Work Experience Required for MFT Licensure in Arizona

After a person successfully completes their post graduate degree they are required to finish at least 3200 hours of work experience that is supervised. This work must take place over the course of at least two years. At least one half (1600) hours of the work experience that is required must be in direct client contact. Of these 1600 hours of direct client contact 1000 hours must be in contact with families and couples. The final 600 hours can be with groups and individuals.

Once an individual has passed their examination and meets all of the work and education requirements to become licensed to practice marriage family therapy in Arizona, they will then be required to take continuing education courses throughout their career.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Career Outlook In Arizona

Overall, in the general field of mental health therapy the national average mean salary in 2010 was $38,150. Marriage and family therapists earned a bit more with the national mean average salary of $45,720. In the state of Arizona there were 290 marriage family therapists as of May 2012. The average salary for those working in the field in the state of Arizona was $52,370 at that time.

The job growth in the field of marriage family therapy is expected to be quite good from 2010 through 2020. The expected rate of growth for jobs in this field is 41%. For the field of mental health counseling overall the expected growth rate is 36%. As of May, 2012 the state of Arizona had 290 individuals that were licensed in the state to practice marriage family therapy.

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