Department of State: Division of Professional Regulation: Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals

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Marriage and Family Licensure

General Information

  • If you hold a current Marriage and Family Therapist license in another jurisdiction (state, District of Columbia or U.S. territory), follow the instructions for applying by reciprocity.
  • If you do not hold a current Marriage and Family Therapist license in another jurisdiction, follow the instructions for applying by examination.

Requirements for All Applications

  • Enclose the processing fee by check or money order made payable to the "State of Delaware." If you hold an active Delaware Associate Marriage and Family Therapist license and are applying for upgrade to a Marriage and Family Therapist license, enclose the upgrade fee instead of the full processing fee.
  • Complete the Criminal History Record Check Authorization form to request state and federal criminal background checks.  Follow the instructions on the authorization form to arrange to be fingerprinted. 
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive a verification of licensure from each jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory, District of Columbia) where you now hold, or have ever held, a license to practice as a marriage and family therapist. You may use the Verification of Licensure form enclosed with this packet to request the verification.

Additional Requirements for Applications by Examination

If you are applying by examination, you must submit documentation of your family therapy education and experience in addition to the requirements in the Requirements for All Applications section above. A resume will not be accepted in lieu of or in addition to the forms listed in this section.

  • Arrange for the Board office to receive an official transcript from each college/university where you earned a Masters or doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy or any allied field, sent directly from the school to the Board office.
  • Complete and submit the COAMFTE Course Comparison Form if either of these situations applies to you:
    • Your graduate program of studies is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), or
    • Your degree from a nationally accredited college or university is not in marriage and family therapy but in a related discipline such as counseling, social work, psychology, or psychiatry.
  • Click Post-Masters Marriage and Family Counseling Experience Requirements for information about the required hours of experience. To verify the required 1600 hours of supervised experience, arrange for the Board to receive a Verification of Supervision Form completed and signed by each of your approved supervisors, sent directly from the supervisors to the Board office.
    • The forms must clearly show the number of hours of supervised marriage and family therapy experience.
    • If any of your supervisors was a marriage and family therapist not licensed in Delaware, arrange for the Board to receive proof that the supervisor passed the AMFTRB exam and had five years experience as a marriage and family therapist.
  • If you have already passed the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB) examination, arrange for the Board office to receive an official score transfer sent directly to the Board office from the Interstate Reporting Service.  To request a score transfer, see www.amftrb.org. You must pass the AMFTRB examination with a minimum score of 70%,

Applicants Who Need to Take the AMFTRB Examination

If you have not already passed the AMFTRB examination when you apply, the Board will review documentation when you have submitted the application and all of the supporting material listed above. If you meet all requirements, the Board will approve you for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist contingent on passing the examination. The Board office will then provide you with instructions for registering for the examination. You have two years from the date of your application to pass the exam.  If you fail to pass the exam within two years, you must re-apply.

After you take the exam, the Interstate Reporting Service, www.amftrb.org, will send your scores to the Board office. If you pass, you will receive your license. If you fail, the Board office will notify you of your score.

Additional Requirements for Applications by Reciprocity

If you hold a current license to practice marriage and family therapy in another jurisdiction, you may apply by reciprocity.  What documentation you must submit depends on how long you’ve been licensed in other jurisdictions and whether you’ve passed the AMFTRB examination.  This table shows what additional documentation you must submit in addition to the documentation in the Requirements for All Applicants section above.

IF you have…

AND IF you have been licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist…

THEN

not passed the  AMFTRB exam

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submit copies of other jurisdictions’ marriage and family therapy licensing statute and rules and regulations.

passed the AMFTRB exam

at least five years in any of the jurisdictions where you hold a current license

arrange for the Board office to receive an official score transfer sent directly to the Board office from the Interstate Reporting Service.  To request a score transfer, see www.amftrb.org.

less than five years in all of the jurisdictions where you hold a current license

  • submit copies of other jurisdictions’ marriage and family therapy licensing statute and rules and regulations, and
  • arrange for the Board office to receive an official score transfer sent directly to the Board office from the Interstate Reporting Service.  To request a score transfer, see www.amftrb.org.statute and rules and regulations.

When you submit other jurisdictions’ marriage and family therapy statute and regulations as required by the table above, the Board will review the documents to compare the licensure requirements from the other jurisdiction(s) to Delaware's licensure requirements. If the Board determines that none of the other jurisdictions’ requirements are substantially similar to those of Delaware, you will be asked to provide the additional documentation of your counseling education and experience.  The Board will then consider you for licensure by examination. If you do not meet the requirements for licensure by examination, you may apply for the Associate Counselor license.

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Last Updated: Friday, 06-Sep-2013 10:29:22 EDT
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