Becoming a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist in Kentucky

kentuckyMarriage family therapists diagnose and treat emotional and mental disorders. The difference between a marriage family therapist and a mental health therapist is that the marriage family therapist will focus on relationships within the family dynamic. The goal of the marriage family therapist is to treat not only the individual, but to also help the members of the family as well.

In the state of Kentucky there are certain guidelines and specifications that a person must meet in order to become certified as a marriage family therapist.

Educational Requirements for Marriage Family Therapists in Kentucky

There are three educational options a person can choose from if they wish to be a marriage family therapist in the state of Kentucky. The first is a master’s degree program that will take two or three years to complete. The second is a doctoral program that will take three to five years to complete. The final option is a post-graduate clinical training program that can be completed in three to four years.

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 courses that are required for licensure as a marriage family therapist include:

  • 3 courses in Marriage Family Studies
  • 3 courses in Marriage Family Therapy
  • 3 courses in Human Development
  • 1 course of Psychopathology
  • 1 course of Professional Studies
  • 1 course in Research

A practicum or internship must also be completed. This must include 300 hours of supervised direct client contact with families, couples, and individuals. If a clinical practicum is not completed an individual may use their first 300 hours of post degree contact hours under supervision to meet this requirement. These 300 hours will not be included in the required two years of experience or 200 hours of supervision.

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Additional Requirements for Marriage Family Therapy License in Kentucky

In order to successfully apply for a marriage family therapy license a person must complete at least two years of experience after completing their graduate degree program. Before completing this experience requirement a person must fill out an application that outlines their plan for supervision of their clinical experience.

The application will require an outline that includes a description of the nature of the work setting the experience will be completed in and the types of counselling, therapies, activities, etc. that they will be working with. In addition, the applicant must provide a description of the duration, nature, and frequency of the supervision during the practice.

The supervisor must be approved by the board and sign the application stating that they are responsible for the applicant in making sure that they stick to the plan that has been outlined for their required experience.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Career Outlook In Kentucky

Those that work in the mental health field as counselors in general earn an average of $38,150 per year as of May, 2010 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those that specialize in marriage family therapy tend to earn a bit more with the national average median wage being $45,720 in May 2010. As of May, 2012 the average person working as a marriage family therapist in the state of Kentucky earned $35,660.

In the state of Kentucky in May of 2012 there were 220 licensed marriage family therapists. There were over 34,000 marriage family therapists throughout the nation in May of 2012. The number of jobs in this particular field is expected to increase by 41% in the next eight years. The growth in population as well as insurance companies covering the cost for therapy is going to play a large role in this growth.

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