Requirements for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in NJ
Individuals who plan to apply for a three-year temporary permit, the first step on the way to licensure, should carefully consult New Jersey State Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners Regulations and their designated supervisor prior to completing the application forms (http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/mft/marr_rules.htm). The information below is based on our understanding of the current regulations governing marriage and family therapy licensure but cannot legally represent the current laws and regulations of the licensing board. Here after, the New Jersey State Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners is referred to as the “Board”.
Note: Bill A1414/S2812 was signed into law in January of 2018 to create the Associate License in Marriage and Family Therapy in New Jersey. This means that graduates of our MCFCT Program and ED.S. Program will be able to apply for this license as opposed to obtaining a three-year permit in the near future. This handout will be updated to reflect this change after the Board updates the LMFT statutes, regulations, and application forms on its website.
Summary of Requirements for LMFT
- Educational Requirements
A minimum of a Master’s degree in MFT, social work with family therapy courses or a related field is required. Our Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) in MFT is recognized by the Board indicating that the coursework satisfies the educational requirements of licensure (Ed.S. candidates whose master’s degree is not in counseling from a CACREP accredited program may be required to take additional courses to satisfy the educational requirements of LMFT).
Note: If an applicant is a graduate of a related field, she/he must demonstrate to the Board that the degree work satisfies the educational requirements set forth in N.J.A.C. 13:34-2.2(b) and (c).
- Experiential Requirements A minimum of two calendar years (3,000 hours) of post-masters supervised hours in marriage and family therapy under an approved supervisor. Each calendar year (1,500 hours) in supervised MFT hours should consist of:
- A maximum of 1,150 hours of actual client contact providing marriage and family therapy
- A minimum of 50 hours of face-to-face supervision (an average of one hour/week). No more than 25 hours of supervision may be in group supervision.
- A maximum of 300 hours in other work-related activities.
- b) No more than 30 hours of supervised experience shall be earned in any one week (no more than 125 hours in any one month).
Note: If an applicant is a post-master’s or doctoral degree holder, he/she must complete one of the two calendar years of marriage and family therapy experience after the granting of their terminal degree.
One calendar year (1,500 hours) of supervised general counseling experience (either counseling or marriage and family therapy or both)
Master’s level, post-Master’s level and Doctoral level may be able to count all the hours in the terminal year of their respective programs toward the required number of hours needed to sit for licensure.
- Examination Requirement:
Passing score on National Marriage and Family Therapy Examination
Note: Upon successful completion of the requirements set forth in N.J.A.C. 13:34-2.1 (a), the Board will authorize an applicant to take the exam (see N.J.A.C. 13:34-2.1(b).
Note: Read N.J.A.C. 13:34-2.1 through 2.3 for more details.
Summary of Requirements for Three-Year Temporary Permit in MFT
Upon the completion of a Master’s degree in MCFCT or Educational Specialist degree in MFT from The College of New Jersey, students can apply for a three-year temporary permit prior to accruing qualified post-masters supervised hours. Interested students should carefully read the Subchapter 3: Temporary permit holders and qualified supervisors. A summary of the requirements is provided below.
Requirements for Three-Year Temporary Permit in MFT
An applicant must satisfy the educational requirements of LMFT set forth in N.J.A.C. 13:34-2.2 and submit a supervision plan along with the proposed supervisor’s resume / curriculum vita to the Board.
A qualified supervisor must: a) have a minimum of five full-time years of professional marriage and family therapy practice or equivalent; and b) hold current and active LMFT in New Jersey or meet one of the following as stated in N.J.A.C. 13:34-2.3:
Obtained from an accredited institution a minimum of:
- A master’s degree in marriage and family therapy;
- A master’s degree in social work;
iii. A graduate degree in a related field and has demonstrated to the Board that he or
she has completed course work content and training substantially equivalent to a
master’s degree in marriage and family therapy; or
- A graduate degree in a related field which does not provide training and course
work substantially equivalent in content to a master’s degree in marriage and
family therapy, and is either a post graduate degree recognized by the Board, or a
program of training and course work at an institute or training program accredited
by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education.
(See 13:34-3.2 for more details)
Contact Information for State Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners
New Jersey Office of the Attorney General
Division of Consumer Affairs
State Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners
P.O. Box 45007 (124 Halsey Street, 6th Floor)
Newark, NJ 07101
Phone Number: (973) 504-6415
Complaints and inquiries may be forwarded to:
Milagros Collazo, Executive Director, State Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners, PO Box 45007, Newark, NJ 07101, (973) 504-6582.