Becoming a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist in Idaho

How to Become a Marriage Family Therapist in Idaho

From depression to marital problems to anxiety to child-parent problems, marriage and family therapists are licensed mental health professionals who provide solution-based, effective therapy to individuals, couples, and families. Marriage family therapists address problems and mental health disorders ranging from depression to anxiety to childhood autism to adolescent drug abuse.

Marriage family therapists in Idaho can be found lending their expertise in many settings like major health systems like Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, regional mental health centers like All Seasons Mental Health in Nampa, governmental agencies like the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare in Boise, and in private practices throughout the state.

Learning how to become a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) in Idaho starts with learning more about state education and licensing requirements.

Educational Requirements for Family Therapists in Idaho

The path to a career as a marriage family therapist in Idaho begins with the completion of a master’s or doctorate degree that has been approved by the Idaho Licensing Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists.

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

Idaho state law doesn’t require that the program hold specialty accreditation, but you can be sure a program meets national curriculum standards if it is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) or the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), so it’s worth considering these options.

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Some of the courses you’ll take within a marriage and family counseling graduate degree include:

  • Human development
  • Marriage and family studies
  • Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for mental disorders
  • Professional ethics
  • Marriage and family therapy

If a busy, professional life or geographical barriers limit your ability to attend in-person classes, you’ll enjoy the many MFT graduate programs that are now offered in a hybrid/blended or online format. These programs, which combine the rigor of an on-campus program with the convenience of online study, make a career as an LMFT well within reach.

Learn more about Idaho MFT degrees.

If you already hold a master’s degree or higher in another related field like psychology, social work, psychiatric nursing, or ministry, you may earn licensure through a non-standard process that includes completing a post-graduate training program in marriage and family therapy.

Other Requirements for Family Therapist License in Idaho

After earning a graduate degree from an accredited program in marriage and family therapy, you’ll need to complete at least 3,000 hours of supervised experience that includes 2,000 hours of direct client contact, of which at least 1,000 of those hours must be in contact with either couples or families.

Once this requirement has been satisfied, you’ll need to apply with the Idaho Licensing Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists and pay the $120 application fee. Once the Board reviews and approves your application, you can apply to take the national exam developed by the Association of Marital & Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB).

Upon passing the AMFTRB, the Board will issue you a license to practice marriage and family therapy in Idaho.

LMFTs in Idaho are required to complete at least 20 CEUs every year, including three units of law and ethics.

Marriage and Family Therapist Job Outlook and Salary

As of May 2020, marriage and family therapists in Idaho earned a median salary of $48,480, while those with considerable experience in the profession earned salaries that more closely reflected the 75th – 90th percentile which, during this time, was $53,230 - $67,380.

Between 2018 and 2028, the number of marriage and family therapist jobs in Idaho is projected to grow by 29.6%, which far outpaces the national projected growth rate of 22% (between 2019 and 2029). During this ten-year period ending in 2028, the state expects about 20 annual job openings in this profession due to a blend of new job growth, retirements, and natural job turnover.

Research Additional Psychology Professional Licenses Granted by Idaho

While you’re learning about a career in marriage and family therapy, you may also consider finding out more about similar professions and their salaries and education requirements:

  • Learn more about becoming a psychologist in Idaho: Requires a PhD or PsyD; clinical, counseling, and school psychologists in Idaho earned a median salary of $65,660 as of May 2020, while the top earners in the state (75th - 90th percentile) earned between $87,800 - $103,190.
  • Learn more about becoming a licensed counselor in Idaho: Requires a master’s degree with a focus in the specialty; substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors in Idaho earned a median salary of $47,710 as of May 2020, while the most experienced (75th – 90th percentile) earned about $61,310 - $74,980.
  • Learn more about becoming a social worker in Idaho: Requires a master’s in social work; mental health and substance abuse social workers earned a median salary of $45,610 as of May 2020, while those in 75th – 90th percentile earned about $61,430 - $80,020. Child, family, and school social workers in Idaho earned slightly more at the median level, at $48,980, while those in the 75th – 90th percentile earned about $57,130 - $70,020 during this time.
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May 2020 Bureau of Labor Statistics salary and job market trends for marriage and family therapists, clinical, counseling and school psychologists, substance abuse, behavioral disorders, and mental health counselors, child, family, and school social workers, and mental health and substance abuse social workers. Figures represent state data, not school specific information. Conditions in your area may vary. Data accessed May 2021.

State job growth projections for marriage and family therapists sourced from the U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored O*Net database (2018-2028).

Schools with MFT Degree Programs Accepting Students from Idaho