Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their marriage and family therapist licensure in Texas. These procedures rarely change; however, it is wise to contact the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists at (512) 834-6657 to make sure you are on the right track.
Steps to Earn Your Texas MFT License:
You will first need to satisfy the educational requirements for Texas Marriage and Family Therapist licensure. You will either need to earn a master's or doctoral degree in Marriage and Family Therapy or from "an institution or program accredited by an accrediting body that is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in a related mental health field with a planned course of study in marriage and family therapy..." (as stated on the Texas MFT application)
If you are completing your education in a related field, you should contact the Texas State Board of Examiners at (512) 834-6657 to make sure you are on the right track. You may also find more information on the following Texas Administrative Code webpage.
You will also need at least two years of supervised experience consisting of 3000 hours. 1500 of these hours need to be in direct client contact. More details about the requirements and qualifying supervisors can be found on the following Texas Administrative Code webpage.
Next, you will need to submit a Texas Marriage and Family Therapy licensure application to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists. Be sure to include all required supporting forms and application processing fees that are indicated on the application.
You may download the application here.
After reviewing your application, the Board will send you written notification of your approval to sit for the MFT examination. Texas accepts either the national Examination in Marital and Family Therapy or the State of Texas marriage and family therapy licensure examination. The state administered jurisprudence examination can be taken prior to the filing of an application.
Information about the national exam can be found on the AMFTRB website. For more information about the Texas exam and the Jurisprudence exam, contact the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists.