Category Archives: Licensure

Are there study guides or workshops available to help prepare for the licensing exam?

Although examination preparation programs exist, neither the Board of Counseling, Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB), AAMFT, nor VAMFT can endorse any.  However, you can take a practice test on the AMFTRB website by clicking here.

 

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What score do I need to get on the licensing exam in order to pass?

The following has been excerpted from the 2017 AMFTRB Marital and Family Therapy National Examination Handbook for Candidates, page 6:

“SETTING A PASSING SCORE

A passing score is established by a panel of expert judges on an “anchor examination.” The technique used is called a modified Angoff method. Each panel member estimates for each item on the test what percentage of minimally competent therapists would get the item correct. Their responses are examined and analyzed by psychometric experts and minor adjustments can be made by the Examination Advisory Committee. The anchor examination becomes the standard of knowledge to which all future forms of an examination are compared. Some forms of the examination will contain individual items that may differ in difficulty than items on other forms. To compensate for these variations, test forms are compared using a psychometric process called equating. This equating process accounts for the varying item difficulties and adjusts the passing score up or down accordingly. As a result, the required standard of knowledge for passing the examination remains consistent from test form to test form.”

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What sorts of questions are on the licensing exam?

The Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB) has detailed information on the Examination for Marital and Family Therapists here.  You will find an extensive list of the areas covered on the exam.

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Can I take the licensing exam before completing all of the educational and supervised practicum experience requirements?

No. You are not considered to be eligible to take the licensing exam until you complete all the educational and clinical supervised experience requirements.

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How do I get the MFT license application forms?

You may obtain the MFT license application forms (along with eligibility information and a copy of relevant regulations governing the practice of Marriage and Family Therapy) from the BOC. Printed information can be requested by calling (804) 662-9912.

PLEASE NOTE: When completing these forms, be aware that the mailing address becomes a matter of public record. In fact, as a way of providing licensure verification, the Virginia Department of Health Professionals (including the Virginia Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Substance Abuse Professionals) has made information on all their licensed practitioners (including medical doctors, nurses, psychologists, and social workers) available to the general public. Listed by license number, the information includes the practitioner’s name and mailing address, the license issuance date, the license expiration date, and present practitioner status with the licensing board.

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How is licensure by endorsement different from the regular licensure process?

Licensure by endorsement is a process set forth in the LMFT licensing regulations which allows Virginia LPCs who meet certain requirements, and those with a MFT license from another state who meet other requirements, to become licensed without taking the licensing exam. The professional is “endorsed” by their present license and qualifications.

To be licensed by endorsement you must first obtain the MFT license application forms from the Licensing Board.

If you are currently a LPC in good standing in Virginia:

  • You must then submit to the Licensing Board the completed application forms, a $50 application processing fee, and an official transcript documenting the completion of both the educational and supervised practicum experience requirements (even if this information was originally included with your professional counselor licensure application).

The Licensing Board will then review your application and documentation, and make the determination of whether or not to grant you MFT licensure.

If you are currently a LMFT in good standing in another jurisdiction, with a license obtained by standards substantially equivalent to those in Virginia:

  • You must submit to the Licensing Board the completed application forms, a $50 application processing fee, and verification of your professional licenses or certifications held in another jurisdictions.

The Licensing Board will then review your application and documentation, and make the determination of whether or not to grant you MFT licensure in Virginia.

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What if I already am a LPC in another state, but want to also become a LMFT in Virginia?

You must meet all the educational and supervised practicum experience requirements for the LMFT in Virginia and pass the MFT licensing exam. You must also provide verification that your out-of-state license is in good standing.  The complete Regulations Governing the Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy (8-24-2016) can be found here.

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