Becoming a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist in North Carolina

Marriage family therapy is a specialty branch of therapy that focuses on the dynamics that occur between individuals who have relationships together. This may be through marriage or family or some other source of relationship. Since relationships are unique, the training to become a licensed marriage family therapist is also unique to the field.

Most states have similar licensing procedures for those that wish to practice marriage family therapy. Below is an outline of the requirements for becoming a marriage family therapist in the state of North Carolina.

Educational Requirements for Marriage Family Therapists in North Carolina

A person that wishes to become licensed as a marriage family therapist in the state of North Carolina must have at least a master’s degree in the field of marriage family therapy from a recognized program. A master’s degree in a related field will be accepted if the applicant has taken the post-qualifying degree training as required.

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 are required during the master’s degree or post graduate education:

  • Assessment and Diagnosis: 3 credit hours in psychopharmacology, treatment planning, family assessment, or psychodiagnostic categories.
  • Family Relations and Human Development: 3 credit hours in any course related to human development such as older adulthood, middle age, early adulthood, adolescence, childhood or infancy.
  • Practice of MFT: 6 credit hours in courses such as diagnoses, assessments, goal formulations, treatment issues or family diversity, economic conditions, and family therapeutic orientations.
  • Professional Identity and Ethics: 3 credit hours in courses such as professional organizations, professional socialization, or licensure.
  • Research in MFT: 3 credit hours in courses such as critical analysis and current research that is relevant to children and families during the life cycle.
  • Theoretical Foundation of MFT: 6 semester hours in courses such as theoretical and empirical foundations, historical development, or overviews of development of postmodern and modern family therapy theories.
  • Clinical Practicum: 9 semester hours that must include forty hours of clinical contact hours and eight hours of approved supervision.
  • Additional Coursework: 12 hours of additional courses in areas related to marriage family therapy.

Read more about North Carolina MFT degrees.

Examination Requirements for Family Therapy License in North Carolina

Every person that is seeking a license in marriage family therapy in the state of North Carolina must pass the National MFT examination. Once the academic requirements that have been met a person may apply to take the examination. The application must be submitted at least three months in advance of the test date.

Experience Requirements for Family Therapy License in North Carolina

A person must have at least 1500 hours of clinical experience that is supervised. No more than 500 hours can be obtained during the time that the applicant was a student in a qualified master’s degree program. The remaining 1000 hours must be obtained after receiving their degree. At least 200 hours of approved supervision hours are required for licensure. If all of the 200 hours are acquired while the applicant is a student then at least 25 additional hours are required post degree.

The supervisor will need to be AAMFT approved in order to satisfy the experience requirements.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Career Outlook In North Carolina

Job growth in the field of marriage family therapy is expected to be quite high. The number of careers in this field is expected to increase by 41% from 2010 through 2020. This is a higher than average rate of expected growth than the average for all careers. There were 160 licensed marriage family therapists in the state of North Carolina as of May 2012.

The mean wage for marriage family therapists nationally is $49,270. In the state of North Carolina the average salary for those working in this field was $46,500.

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Schools with MFT Degree Programs Accepting Students from North Carolina