Chapter 4757-25 Licensing of Marriage and Family Therapists

4757-25-01 Education requirements for admission to the examination for marriage and family therapist.

The requirements for licensure are generally set forth in section 4757.30 of the Revised Code.

(A) Pertaining to the educational requirements, the board further prescribes that: a "graduate degree in marriage and family therapy" is defined as a degree that meets all of the following criteria:

(1) The program or concentration shall clearly be identified as marriage and family therapy. Such a program shall specify in pertinent institutional catalogues and brochures its intent to educate and train marriage and family therapists.

(2) The marriage and family therapy curriculum shall stand as a recognized entity within the institution and have a marriage and family therapy faculty.

(3) The marriage and family therapy coursework completed shall be an organized course of study that includes at least one graduate course in each of these seven areas of marriage and family therapy:

(a) Marriage and family studies: Courses in this area should present a fundamental introduction to marriage and family studies. The student should learn to recognize across a wide variety of family structures and a diverse range of issues (e.g. gender, culture, and substance abuse). Topic areas may include but not limited to: family development, subsystems, blended families, gender issues in families, cultural issues in families.

(b) Systems theory: Courses in this area should address the historical development, theoretical and empirical foundations, and contemporary conceptual directions of the field of marriage and family therapy.

(c) Research: Courses in this area should assist the student in understanding and performing research. Topic areas may include: research methodology, qualitative and quantitative methods, and statistics.

(d) Professional ethics: Courses in this area shall include the "American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy" (AAMFT) code of ethics, confidentiality and liabilities of clinical practice and research, professional ethics as a marriage and family therapist, professional socialization, and the role of the professional organization, licensure or certification legislation, independent practice and inter professional cooperation. Religious ethics courses and moral theology courses do not meet this requirement.

(e) Human development: Courses in this area should provide knowledge of personality development and its normal and abnormal manifestations. The student should have relevant coursework in human development across the lifespan, which includes special issues that should be integrated with systems concepts. Topic areas may include but are not limited to: human development, psychopathology, personality theory, human sexuality. Test and measurement courses do not meet this requirement.

(f) Appraisal of individuals and families: Courses in this area shall include the framework for understanding the individual, couple and family group, psychological and educational testing, and the study of ethnic, cultural and gender factors. Course content shall address from a relational/systemic perspective, psychopharmacology, physical health and illness, traditional psycho diagnostic categories, and the assessment and treatment of major mental and emotional disorders.

(g) Practicum: Includes a supervised training experience taken during the completion of a degree program consisting of the provision of marriage and family therapy to clients and is acceptable to the board.

(i) Minimum twelve months, supervised clinical practicum with three hundred hours of direct contact with individuals, couples, and families.

(ii) Fifty per cent of the three hundred hours shall be with couples and families present.

(iii) Prior to the beginning of the acceptable practicum student shall have completed a course in marriage and family therapy and marriage and family studies.

(4) The marriage and family therapy coursework completed must include four courses in marriage and family therapy. Courses in this area should have a major focus on advanced marital or family systems and systemic therapeutic interventions. This area is intended to provide a substantive understanding of the major theories of systems change and the applied practices evolving from each theoretical orientation. Major theoretical approaches include but are not limited to: strategic, structural, object relations, behavioral, intergenerational, and systemic sex therapy.

(5) Programs that are accredited by the "Commission On Accreditation Of Marriage And Family Therapy Education" (COAMFTE) shall have met all of the conditions specified in paragraphs (A)(1) to (A)(4) of this rule are recognized as meeting the requirements for a graduate degree in marriage and family therapy.

(6) Programs not accredited by the "Commission On Accreditation Of Marriage And Family Therapy Education" (COAMFTE) listed in paragraph (A)(5) of this rule shall be submitted to this board for approval as meeting the educational requirements for admission to the examination for the marriage and family therapy license. Program approval may be obtained by submitting to the board written evidence that the degree meets the requirements set forth in paragraphs (A)(1) to (A)(4) of this rule.

(B) Applicants with other graduate degrees in a mental health field that contain sixty semester hours or ninety quarter hours shall submit written evidence that the degree program and any additional coursework meet standards that are equivalent to a graduate degree in marriage and family therapy set forth in paragraphs (A)(3) and (A)(4) of this rule.

(C) Applicants who are denied admission to the examination shall be afforded an opportunity for a hearing pursuant to Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.

Effective: 10/18/2009
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 06/12/2009 and 09/20/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4757.10
Rule Amplifies: 4757.30
Prior Effective Dates: 4-10-04; 1-10-08

4757-25-02 Marriage and family therapist examination policy.

(A) The examination required for licensure as a marriage and family therapist or an independent marriage and family therapist is the "Examination In Marital and Family Therapy" offered by the "Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards" (AMFTRB).

(B) The examination shall be offered at least twice each year.

(C) Only applicants who are approved by the board may sit for the examination. Approval to sit for the examination shall be granted if a review of the applicant's educational records establishes that the educational requirements for licensure are met.

(1) Applicants who have a master or doctoral degree from an accredited educational institution may provide a student copy of their transcript(s) via mail, email or facsimile in order for the board to make an examination approval or disapproval decision.

(2) Applicants in the last term prior to receiving their master or doctoral degree from a program that is accredited by COAMFTE may provide a letter, facsimile or email from a professor or registrar that states the student is on track to graduate at the end of that term in order for the board to make an examination approval or disapproval decision.

(D) An applicant who is approved for the examination shall be sent an approval letter from the board.

(1) The letter is effective only for the next examination given after the date of issuance.

(2) An applicant who fails to take the examination during the effectiveness of the letter shall request another approval letter.

(E) The minimum score for passage of the examination for marriage and family therapists is determined by the "Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Regulatory Boards" (AMFTRB) and the marriage and family therapist professional standards committee.

(F) A marriage and family therapist or independent marriage and family therapist who has an expired license and requests to apply for a new license will be required to do one of the following:

(1) Re-take and achieve a passing score on the national "Examination In Marital and Family Therapy" offered by the "Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards" (AMFTRB);

(2) Complete thirty clock hours of approved continuing professional education; three of the thirty hours must be taken in the area of professional ethics for marriage and family therapists.

Effective: 04/01/2011
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 09/20/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4757.10
Rule Amplifies: 4757.30
Prior Effective Dates: 4-10-04; 10-18-09

4757-25-03 General requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist.

All applicants for licensure as a marriage and family therapist shall:

(A) Meet the educational requirements as established in paragraph (A) of rule 4757-25-01 of the Administrative Code.

(B) Successfully complete the licensure examination prescribed by the marriage and family therapist professional standards committee, if applicable.

(C) Be of good moral character.

(D) Have met all of the initial application requirements established in rule 4757-1-04 of the Administrative Code. These requirements include the criminal records check, application with fee, transcript requirements, and defines good moral character.

Replaces: 4757-25-03

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 09/05/2014 and 09/20/2018
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4757.10
Rule Amplifies: 4757.30
Prior Effective Dates: 4/10/04, 9/20/07, 10/18/09.

4757-25-04 Requirements for licensure as an independent marriage and family therapist.

All applicants for licensure as an independent marriage and family therapist shall:

(A) After completion of the required education set forth in paragraph (A) of rule 4757-25-01 of the Administrative Code, the applicant shall meet the following requirements:

(1) Complete at least two calendar years of supervised training while engaged in the practice of marriage and family therapy.

(2) The two years of supervised training must include two hundred hours of face-to-face supervision while completing a minimum of one thousand hours of documented client contact in marriage and family therapy.

(3) Of the required two hundred hours of face-to-face supervision, a minimum of one hundred hours shall be individual supervision.

(4) Of the required one thousand hours of client contact, a minimum of five hundred hours shall be with couples and/or families present.

(5) The training supervision shall be performed by a supervisor whose training and experience meet the standards established in paragraph (C) of rule 4757-29-01 of the Administrative Code.

(B) Meet all the requirements established in rule 4757-25-03 of the Administrative Code.

Effective: 06/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 02/12/2014 and 05/31/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4757.10
Rule Amplifies: 4757.30
Prior Effective Dates: 4/10/04, 9/20/07, 10/18/09

4757-25-05 Temporary marriage and family therapist license.

(A) The temporary license allows the holder to practice as a marriage and family therapist or an independent marriage and family therapist, while awaiting the next board meeting.

(B) A temporary license may be issued only if it is determined that, the applicant qualifies under division (A) of section 4757.30 of the Revised Code for licensure as a marriage and family therapist.

(C) Applicants who wish to obtain a temporary license shall submit a properly completed application, as prescribed by the board.

(D) A temporary license is valid from the date of issuance until the earliest of one of the following:

(1) The date the applicant's license is issued under section 4757.30 of the Revised Code;

(2) Ninety days after the temporary license has been issued.

(E) A temporary license may not be renewed. A new temporary license shall be issued only in the event of documented substantial hardship as determined by the board.

Effective: 10/18/2009
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 06/12/2009 and 09/20/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4757.10
Rule Amplifies: 4757.30 , 4757.301
Prior Effective Dates: 4-10-04

4757-25-06 Endorsement of a marriage and family therapist license.

(A) An applicant requesting licensure as a marriage and family therapist or independent marriage and family therapist via endorsement shall submit to the board all of the following:

(1) A completed licensure application for the level of licensure for which the applicant is seeking licensure;

(2) The required fee established by the board under paragraph (B) of rule 4757-1-05 of the Administrative Code;

(3) An official statement, which indicates applicant is currently licensed, certified, registered, or otherwise authorized to practice as a marriage and family therapist or independent marriage and family therapist in another jurisdiction;

(4) An official statement from any and all jurisdictions where the applicant is currently or has been previously licensed, certified, registered, or otherwise authorized to practice as a marriage and family therapist or independent marriage and family therapist indicating whether the applicant is in good standing and whether disciplinary action has been taken or is pending against the applicant;

(5) All transcripts of graduate education;

(6) If the applicant has taken another jurisdiction's marriage and family therapist exam, documentation of whether the applicant passed that exam; and

(7) Any additional documentation requested by the board that would assist the board in making a determination based on paragraphs (B)(1) to (B)(7) of this rule.

(B) The marriage and family therapist professional standards committee may consider the following factors to determine whether to grant the applicant a license via endorsement:

(1) Whether the applicant possesses a master's and or doctor's degree in marriage and family therapy awarded by an appropriately accredited institution;

(2) Whether the applicant possesses a master's and or doctor's degree in a related mental health field awarded by an appropriately accredited institution. And the applicant has earned substantially equivalent marriage and family therapy coursework from an appropriately accredited institution subsequent to that degree that meets the requirements of division (A)(3)(b) of section 4757.30 of the Revised Code and paragraph (A)(3) of rule 4757-25-01 of the Administrative Code;

(3) Whether the applicant's coursework is substantially similar to the requirements in paragraph (A)(3) of rule 4757-25-01 of the Administrative Code;

(4) Whether the applicant for independent marriage and family therapist has substantially equivalent supervised experience required by division (C) of section 4757.30 of the Revised Code and paragraph (C)(3) of rule 4757-25-04 of the Administrative Code;

(5) Whether the applicant has passed a state marriage and family therapist exam that is substantially similar to Ohio's examination;

(6) Whether the applicant's license is currently in good standing in another jurisdiction and whether applicant has been disciplined in another jurisdiction; and

(7) The number of years the applicant has practiced as a marriage and family therapist or independent marriage and family therapist worker in another jurisdiction.

Effective: 10/18/2009
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 06/12/2009 and 09/20/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4757.10
Rule Amplifies: 4757.18 , 4757.30
Prior Effective Dates: 4/10/04, 1/10/08

4757-25-07 Approval of applications for marriage and family therapist licenses.

Applications for marriage and family therapist licenses shall be approved per section 4757.30 of the Revised Code and this rule. The staff of the board shall review all applications and process as follows:

(A) Applications that meet the basic requirements as detailed below shall be approved upon receipt of all applicable parts. All applications approved by staff shall be reviewed by the marriage and family therapist professional standards committee at the following meeting for quality control purposes.

(1) Applications for independent marriage and family therapist license that meet the basic requirements for licensure in section 4757.30 of the Revised Code and rule 4757-25-04 of the Administrative Code shall be approved if the following conditions are met:

(a) Process application for independent marriage and family therapist received with no questions requiring review by the board such as felony convictions, loss of license in another state, etc.

(b) Transcript provided directly from an accredited educational institution of a master's or doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy or related degree that meets paragraph (B) of rule 4757-25-01 of the Administrative Code.

(c) Proof of completion of at least two years of post-master's degree marriage and family therapist experience supervised by a supervisor that meets paragraph (C)(1) of rule 4757-29-01 of the Administrative Code.

(d) Proof of passing an examination acceptable to the board for the purpose of determining ability to practice as an independent marriage and family therapist.

(2) Applications for marriage and family therapist license that meet the basic requirements for licensure in section 4757.30 of the Revised Code and rule 4757-25-03 of the Administrative Code shall be approved if the following conditions are met:

(a) Process application for marriage and family therapist received with no questions requiring review by the board such as felony convictions, loss of license in another state, etc.

(b) Transcript provided directly from an accredited educational institution of a master's or doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy or related degree that meets paragraph (B) of rule 4757-25-01 of the Administrative Code.

(c) Proof of passing an examination acceptable to the board for the purpose of determining ability to practice as an marriage and family therapist.

(B) Complete applications that meet the following conditions shall be held for the marriage and family therapist professional standards committee review at the next regularly scheduled meeting, if received at least ten days prior to the meeting.

(1) All applications that have answered questions requiring review by the board such as felony convictions, loss of license in another state, etc.

(2) All applications with related degrees.

(3) All applications which staff is not comfortable approving without the marriage and family therapist professional standards committee's review.

Effective: 10/18/2009
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 09/20/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4757.10
Rule Amplifies: 4757.30