Must the graduate study courses come specifically from an MFT program?
For all practical purposes, the answer appears to be yes, as the following excerpt from the Regulations indicates:
“18VAC115-50-50. Degree program requirements.
- The applicant shall have completed a graduate degree from a program that prepares individuals to practice marriage and family therapy as defined in §54.1-3500 of the Code of Virginia from a college or university which is accredited by a regional accrediting agency and which meets the following criteria:
- There must be a sequence of academic study with the expressed intent to prepare students to practice marriage and family therapy as documented by the institution;
- There must be an identifiable marriage and family therapy training faculty and an identifiable body of students who complete that sequence of academic study; and
- The academic unit must have clear authority and primary responsibility for the core and specialty areas.
- Programs that are approved by CACREP as programs in marriage and family counseling/therapy or by COAMFTE are recognized as meeting the requirements of subsection A of this section.”
Any exceptions to this must be approved by the BOC in order to proceed toward being an LMFT.