How do I register my supervision?

Applicants for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Virginia register their supervision on the Application Packet for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) by Examination or Application Packet for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) by Endorsement.  Both applications can be found in the Marriage and Family Therapist section on the Forms & Applications page of the BOC here.

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How do I become an approved supervisor?

For complete information on becoming an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, please click here.  Becoming an AAMFT Approved Supervisor meets all of the requirements to be approved by the BOC to provide MFT supervision to MFT Residents in Virginia.

In order to become a BOC approved supervisor you must:

“1. Hold an active, unrestricted license as a marriage and family     therapist or professional counselor in the jurisdiction where the supervision is being provided;

  1. Document two years post-licensure marriage and family therapy experience; and
  2. Have received professional training in supervision, consisting of three credit hours or 4.0 quarter hours in graduate-level coursework in supervision or at least 20 hours of continuing education in supervision offered by a provider approved under 18VAC115-50-96.”

The application form to become a BOC approved supervisor is available here.

 

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How do I find an approved supervisor?

To find an AAMFT Approved Supervisor please click here.

To find a BOC approved supervisor please click here.

 

Coming soon: To find a list of VAMFT/AAMFT Clinical Fellows in Virginia who are available to provide supervision to Residents in MFT in Virginia please click here.

Are there other requirements for becoming approved as a supervisor?

Supervisors must not enter supervision with a supervisee with whom they have a relationship that could compromise their objectivity.  Some examples would include family members, former or present clients, and people with whom one has a romantic relationship, to name a few.

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What license must a supervisor hold?

At least 100 of the 200 required supervisory hours must be provided by an LMFT.  The remaining supervisory hours may be provided by an LPC with the qualifications referenced below.

The recently revised Regulations Governing the Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy (8-24-2016) state that the MFT residency supervisor must:

“1. Hold an active, unrestricted license as a marriage and family therapist or professional counselor in the jurisdiction where the supervision is being provided;

2. Document two years post-licensure marriage and family therapy experience; and

3. Have received professional training in supervision, consisting of three credit hours or 4.0 quarter hours in graduate-level coursework in supervision or at least 20 hours of continuing education in supervision offered by a provider approved under 18VAC115-50-96. At least one-half of the 200 hours of supervision shall be rendered by a licensed marriage and family therapist. Supervisors who are clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, or psychiatrists and have been approved to provide supervision may continue to do so until August 24, 2017.”

Residents in MFT whose supervisory contracts with a clinical psychologist, clinical social worker, or psychiatrist were approved prior to August 24, 2016 and do not compete their residency or supervisory hours prior to August 2017 will be required to have a new supervisory contract approved by the BOC with a BOC approved LMFT/LPC supervisor in order to complete their residency requirements.

VAMFT strongly recommends that as much as possible your MFT residency supervisor be a Clinical Fellow of AAMFT and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor.  AAMFT Approved Supervisors must meet much more stringent requirements that those required by the BOC (a 30 hour course in MFT supervision, 180 supervised hours of MFT residents, and a minimum of 36 hours of supervision of their supervision of MFT candidates).

You can find a partial listing of AAMFT Approved Supervisors in Virginia who are available to provide supervision, AAMFT Clinical Fellows who are candidates to be AAMFT Approved Supervisors, and AAMFT Clinical Fellows who are approved as MFT supervisors by the BOC linked here in the near future.

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Must all face-to-face supervision be one-on-one with the supervisor, or can I count group supervision hours?

No more than 100 hours of the supervision may be acquired through group supervision, with the group consisting of no more than six residents. One hour of group supervision will be deemed equivalent to one hour of individual supervision.

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What type of supervised work experience is accepted towards licensure?

The supervised work experience must consist of practice in the core areas of marriage and family studies (marital and family development; family systems theory);  marriage and family therapy (systemic therapeutic interventions and application of major theoretical approaches);  human growth and development across the lifespan; abnormal behaviors;  diagnosis and treatment of addictive behaviors;  multicultural counseling;  professional identity and ethics;  research (research methods; quantitative methods; statistics);  and assessment and treatment (appraisal, assessment and diagnostic procedures).

Exactly what work experience will be accepted can only be determined by the BOC and must be approved by the BOC prior to starting your supervised residency.

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