Becoming a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist in New Jersey

Marriage family therapists held about 36,000 jobs in 2010. There are a variety of settings that these professionals may work in including hospitals, colleges, government offices, mental health centers, drug treatment facilities, as well as in private practices. Individual and family service positions make up the highest percentage of jobs in the field.

In order to become licensed as a marriage family therapist in the state of New Jersey there are educational, experience, and examination requirements that must be met. These requirements for licensure are outlined below.

Educational Requirements for Marriage Family Therapists in New Jersey

Any person that wishes to become licensed as a marriage family therapist in the state of New Jersey must have at least a master’s degree in marriage or pastoral counseling, social work, family life education, sociology of the family, psychology, or another area of study that is related to one of these where the transcripts indicate that an appropriate course of study has been completed.

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

For those that do not have a master’s degree in marriage family therapy the following course requirements must be met before applying for a license:

  • One graduate course in theoretical foundations of marriage family therapy
  • Four graduate courses in assessment and treatment within marriage family therapy
  • Two graduate courses in family studies and human development
  • One graduate course in professional studies and ethics
  • One graduate course in research
  • One graduate course in supervised clinical practice

All of the courses and requirements listed above are minimum requirements that must be met. One additional course in a related field of study that is equal to three semester hours of graduate course work must also be completed in order to fulfill the education requirement for licensing in the state of Indiana.

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Experience Requirements for Family Therapy License in New Jersey

In order to be considered for licensure in the state of New Jersey a person is required to complete three years of experience. This is full time counseling experience with at least two years in marriage counseling. These two years in marriage counseling experience must be supervised by an individual that holds a degree in marriage family therapy or an equivalent subsection and has at least five years of experience. This experience must come after the individual has completed their master’s or doctoral degree.

Examination Requirements for Licensure

Examinations are conducted at least once a year by the board. The examination will be written and if deemed appropriate by the board at the time oral as well. Questions on the written examination will include theory and applied knowledge that the board has determined to be important in practicing as a marriage family therapist.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Career Outlook In New Jersey

In the state of New Jersey in May of 2012 there were 5280 licensed marriage family therapists. This makes the state the second highest when it comes to marriage family therapist employment. The number of marriage family therapists is expected to increase by 41% from 2010 through 2020. This job growth is higher than the average job growth rate for all careers nationally.

The national average salary for those working in the profession of marriage family therapists was $49,270. In the state of New Jersey the average salary for marriage family therapists was a bit higher at $67870. New Jersey has the highest average salary for those working in this field with many earning in the top ten percent.

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