Becoming a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist in Missouri

There are a number of tools used by marriage family therapists to help their clients. Cognitive behavioural therapy is one of the most commonly used approaches in this field. This helps the client understand the harmful feelings, thoughts, and beliefs that they are having and replacing them with positive more life enhancing ones. This form of therapy also helps clients to eliminate their damaging and unwanted behaviors and to replace them with ones that are more productive.

There are several steps that an individual must complete in order to become licensed to practice marriage family therapy in the state of Missouri. Several of these requirements are outlined below.

Educational Requirements for Marriage Family Therapists in Missouri

An individual that wants to become licensed as a marriage family therapist in Missouri must first obtain a master’s degree or doctoral degree from an accredited program. The master’s degree program must be a 45 semester hour program or a sixty quarter hour program in marriage and family therapy. Equivalent graduate course studies in another mental health discipline are also allowed as long as the program has been regionally accredited.

MFT Educational TrackEducation RequirementsEducation LengthAvailable Programs
Undergraduate WorkEarn a Bachelor's Degree in Counseling4 YearsOnline or Campus
Graduate WorkEarn a Master's Degree in Counseling5-6 YearsOnline or Campus
PHD or Doctoral WorkEarn a Doctorate in Counseling7-8 YearsOnline or Campus

The following must be included in the master degree program:

  • Three semester hours in theoretical foundations
  • Twelve semester hours of practice of marriage family therapy
  • Six semester hours of human development and family studies
  • Three semester hours of ethics and professional studies
  • Three semester hours of research methodology
  • Three semester hours of diagnosis
  • Six semester hours of practicum in marriage and family therapy

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Additional Requirements for Marriage Family Therapists in Missouri

In addition to the above education requirements a person must also meet the experience requirements. The supervised experience requirements must be registered and approved by the state committee. The supervisor must by an LMFT professional counsellor who is licensed as a clinical social worker, psychologist, or psychiatrist.

The applicant for licensure must complete 3000 hours of supervised experience in the field of marriage family therapy. This must be completed in no less than two years, but in no more than five years. Of these 3000 hours half of the hours must be direct client contact in marriage family therapy. The other half of the hours simply must be related to the field of marriage family therapy.

Every week there must be two hours of individual face to face supervision. There are multiple settings and supervisors allowed during this experience qualification period. All experience has to first be approved by the state board.

After completion of the education and experience requirements an individual may submit their application for the licensing examination. The passing point of this examination has been established by the AMFTRB. The fee for the examination will be $295 and this fee is not refundable.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Career Outlook In Missouri

The marriage and family therapy field is expected to grow at a very fast rate. There are several reasons for this expected growth with the main reason being that most expect health insurance companies to begin paying for this type of service for their clients as a less expensive alternative than psychologist and psychiatrists.

In the state of Missouri in the year 2010 there were 270 individuals licensed and employed as marriage family therapists. The average wage for individuals working in this mental health field was $37,940. The national average salary for mental health counselors is $38,150 with the national average for those specializing in the field of marriage and family therapy being $45,720. This means that the average salary for those working in this field in the state of Missouri is somewhat lower than the national average.

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