Marriage & Family Therapy Career and Licensure FAQ

On December 28, 2009, U.S. News & World Report ranked marriage and family therapist as one of the 50 best careers of 2010.  There is an expected 14% employment growth between 2008 and 2018 in the field.  To see the article, click here.

We invite you to review the following links for answers to the most frequently asked questions about a career in Marriage and Family Therapy.  Of course, keep in mind that the MFTC program meets the educational requirements not only to be a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, but it also meets the educational requirements to be a Licensed Professional Counselor.  The MFTC program opens multiple career path opportunities.


What is Marriage and Family Therapy?

Who are Marriage and Family Therapists?

Why would one use the services of a Marriage and Family Therapist?

For answers to these and more questions, click here.

Where can I find more information on careers in Marriage and Family Therapy?

Click here for more information on careers for Marriage and Family Therapists.

I'm not married. Can I still be an effective Marriage and Family Therapist?

Therapists are often in the position of helping someone who has experienced something they have not, and marriage is just one example. Therapists at RTS Jackson receive training in a variety of areas including Family Systems, Family Issues in Psychology and Theology, Communication, Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy. Therapists then have the tools to serve as objective third parties who can effectively help to manage and resolve conflict.

What are the qualifications of a Marriage and Family Therapist?

Click here to learn about Therapist qualifications.

How does one become licensed or certified?

Courses offered at RTS Jackson satisfy educational requirements for both Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Counselor licensure in most states.

As each state specifies its own licensure requirements, prospective students are advised to check with the licensure board in their state or the state in which they plan to work. For more information on Marriage and Family Therapy state boards, click here.

As a licensed MFT, the requirements generally include a minimum number of hours of face-to-face clinical experience, a specified ratio of clinical supervision to hours of clinical experience, and a passing grade on a state licensing exam conducted by The Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB).

Click here for more information on Marriage and Family Therapy licensing information for Mississippi:

What kind of salary can I expect to make as a Marriage and Family Therapist?

Click here for more salary information on Marriage and Family Therapists.

How can I find out additional information on the Counseling Profession?

The US Department of Labor:
The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy:
The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs:
The National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. and Affiliates: