PROFESSIONS, VOCATIONS, AND BUSINESSES
COUNSELORS AND THERAPISTS
54-3405B. Qualifications for licensure. Licensure as a "licensed associate marriage and family therapist" shall be restricted to persons who have successfully completed each of the following requirements:
(1) A graduate degree which consists of at least sixty (60) semester hours or ninety (90) quarter credits in marriage and family therapy from a program accredited by the commission on accreditation for marriage and family therapy education, or a marriage and family counseling or therapy program which is accredited by the council for accreditation of counseling and related educational programs, or a graduate degree from a regionally accredited educational institution and an equivalent course of study as approved by the board. The course of study for any graduate degree shall include a minimum of thirty-nine (39) semester credits in the following areas:
(a) Marriage and family studies — Nine (9) semester credit minimum. Studies in this area shall include:
(i) Theoretical foundations, history, philosophy, etiology and contemporary conceptual directions of marriage and family therapy or marriage and family counseling;
(ii) Family systems theories and other relevant theories and their application in working with a wide variety of family structures, including families in transition, nontraditional families and blended families, and a diverse range of presenting issues; and
(iii) Preventive approaches, including premarital counseling, parent skill training and relationship enhancement, for working with couples, families, individuals, subsystems and other systems.
(b) Marriage and family therapy — Nine (9) semester credit minimum. Studies in this area shall include:
(i) The practice of marriage and family therapy related to theory, and a comprehensive survey and substantive understanding of the major models of marriage and family therapy or marriage and family counseling; and
(ii) Interviewing and assessment skills for working with couples, families, individuals, subsystems and other systems, and skills in the appropriate implementation of systematic interventions across a variety of presenting clinical issues including, but not limited to, socioeconomic disadvantage, abuse and addiction.
(c) Human development — Nine (9) semester credit minimum. Studies in this area shall include:
(i) Individual development and transitions across the life span;
(ii) Family, marital and couple life cycle development and family relationships, family of origin and intergenerational influences, cultural influences, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, religious beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, social and equity issues and disability;
(iii) Human sexual development, function and dysfunction, impacts on individuals, couples and families, and strategies for intervention and resolution; and
(iv) Issues of violence, abuse and substance use in a relational context, and strategies for intervention and resolution.
(d) Psychological and mental health competency — Six (6) semester credit minimum. Studies in this area shall include:
(i) Psychopathology, including etiology, assessment, evaluation and treatment of mental disorders, use of the current diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, differential diagnosis and multiaxial diagnosis;
(ii) Standard mental health diagnostic assessment methods and instruments, including standardized tests; and
(iii) Psychotropic medications and the role of referral to and cooperation with other mental health practitioners in treatment planning, and case management skills for working with individuals, couples and families.
(e) Professional ethics and identity — Three (3) semester credit minimum. Studies in this area shall include:
(i) Professional identity, including professional socialization, professional organizations, training standards, credentialing bodies, licensure, certification, practice settings and collaboration with other disciplines;
(ii) Ethical and legal issues related to the practice of marriage and family therapy, legal responsibilities of marriage and family therapy and marriage and family counseling practice and research, business aspects, reimbursement, recordkeeping, family law, confidentiality issues and the relevant codes of ethics, including the code of ethics specified by the board; and
(iii) The interface between therapist responsibility and the professional, social and political context of treatment.
(f) Research — Three (3) semester credit minimum. Studies in this area shall include:
(i) Research in marriage and family therapy or marriage and family counseling and its application to working with couples and families; and
(ii) Research methodology, quantitative and qualitative methods, statistics, data analysis, ethics and legal considerations of conducting research, and evaluation of research.
(2) Completion of a one (1) year practicum of supervised marriage and family therapy experience, consisting of a minimum of three hundred (300) direct client contact hours, of which one hundred fifty (150) hours shall be with couples or families, as part of the graduate program.
(3) Successful completion of a written examination as approved by the board and defined by rule.
(4) A license will not be allowed an individual whose license, certification or registration has been revoked or suspended in this or any other state and in this or any other related field. Such an individual may not be licensed under this chapter unless the period of revocation or suspension has been completed and the board has conducted a competency review and determined that an acceptable degree of rehabilitation has been accomplished.
[54-3405B, added 2008, ch. 87, sec. 3, p. 239.]