Marriage & Family Therapy Career and Licensure FAQ



There's no better time to be a Marriage and Family Therapist. Marriage & Family Therapy ranked #35 among U.S. News & World Report's 100 Best Jobs of 2015, with an expected 14% employment growth between 2008 and 2018 in the field.

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 (LMFT), but it also meets the educational requirements to be a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  The MFTC program opens multiple career path opportunities.


What is Marriage and Family Therapy? Who are Marriage and Family Therapists? What are the qualifications of a Marriage and Family Therapist?

Read more about Marriage and Family Therapy from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

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

Please see AAMFT's Job Connection and Career Center.

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.

 

How does one become licensed or certified?

Courses offered at RTS Jackson satisfy educational requirements for licensure both as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Professional Counselor (LPC) in most states.

Since 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. Read more about MFT Licensing Boards from AAMFT.

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).

>>Read more about MFT licensure in Mississippi

 

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

Read more about Employment and Wages from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.


Additional Resources

The U.S. 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