(a) Approved Practicum or
Internship Program means supervised experience obtained while enrolled in
graduate courses designated practicum or internship at an educational
institution which, at the time, was accredited by a regional body recognized by
the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
(b) Board Approved Graduate Level Course
means a course in Marriage and Family Studies, Marriage and Family Therapy, or
Marriage and Family Therapy Ethics which is offered by a training institute, is
comparable to a graduate course offered by an accredited educational
institution, and has received prior approval by the Board. No new requests or
applications for Board approval of graduate courses offered by training
institutes will be accepted as of the effective date of this rule amendment.
Individuals enrolled in, or who plan to enroll in, prior approved courses must
complete the courses by January 1, 2020 for the courses to be considered for
Approved Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor means a person who is licensed
as a marriage and family therapist and who has been approved by the Georgia
Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and
Family Therapists to provide supervision of the practice of marriage and family
therapy. To obtain such approval the person shall submit documentation of the
1. Three years of full-time
post-licensure experience in the practice of marriage and family
2. 180 hours of experience
providing marriage and family therapy supervision for at least two supervisees
during a period of no less than two years and no more than five
3. 36 hours of supervision
received from an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Approved
Supervisor or a Georgia Board Approved Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor,
specifically in the skill of providing marriage and family therapy supervision,
minimum of 24 hours of which shall have been individual
recommendation from each of the supervisors who provided
supervision-of-supervision attesting to the applicant's competence as a
5. The Board may,
in its discretion, approve a supervisor who is licensed, in good standing, as a
Marriage and Family Therapist and who is designated as an approved marriage and
family therapy supervisor in another jurisdiction.
(d) Course in Clinical Content Area means a
graduate course in the etiology, dynamics, evaluation, assessment, diagnosis,
or treatment of emotional or behavioral problems and conditions.
(e) Course in Marriage and Family Studies
means a graduate course in the principles, concepts or history of marriage and
family life, family systems, family relations and family development.
(f) Course in Marriage and Family Therapy
means a graduate course in the theory and practice of various treatment
modalities in marriage and family therapy.
(g) Course in Marriage and Family Therapy
Ethics means a graduate course in professional ethics, legal responsibilities
and liabilities, standards of practice, licensure regulation, and professional
socialization relevant to the practice of marriage and family
(h) Direct Clinical
Experience means time spent in client contact as therapist or co-therapist, in
supervision, in case staffing, or in case consultation.
Direction means ongoing oversight by an
employer or superior of the work of a person practicing professional
counseling, social work or marriage and family therapy. The director shall be
responsible for assuring the quality of services rendered by that practitioner,
and shall ensure that qualified supervision or intervention occurs in
situations which require expertise beyond that of the practitioner. In order to
be acceptable to the Marriage and Family Therapy Standards Committee of the
Board, a director must attest to having performed the functions specified in
this paragraph, and when not an employer must have entered into a contractual
agreement with the practitioner to perform these functions.
1. Directors may not provide direction to
family members. In addition, directors shall not provide direction for any
practitioner when that practitioner, or any of that practitioner's family
members have, an ownership interest in, operate, or manage the business entity
in which the director is employed and/or where the professional marriage and
family therapy services are to be provided by that practitioner.
2. Family member means a member of a person's
immediate or extended family, by direct descent or by marriage, including
intimate or cohabitation relationships.
(j) Full-time Experience means a minimum of
20 hours per week spent in direct clinical experience.
(k) Group Supervision means a maximum of six
supervisees meeting with one supervisor.
(l) Individual Supervision means a maximum of
two supervisees meeting with one supervisor.
(m) One Year means twelve months, or any
periods of time which sum to twelve months.
(n) Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy
means evaluating, diagnosing, and treating emotional and mental problems and
conditions, whether cognitive, affective or behavioral, resolving intrapersonal
and interpersonal conflicts, and changing perception, attitudes and behavior;
all within the context of marital and family systems. Marriage and family
therapy includes, without being limited to, individual, group, couple, sexual,
family and divorce therapy. Marriage and family therapy involves an applied
understanding of the dynamics of marital and family therapy systems, including
individual psychodynamics, the use of assessment instruments that evaluate
marital and family functioning, designing and recommending a course of
treatment, and the use of psychotherapy and counseling.
Supervision means the direct clinical
review, for the purpose of training or teaching, by a supervisor of the
interactions with clients of a person practicing professional counseling,
social work or marriage and family therapy. Supervision may include, without
being limited to, the review of case presentations, audio tapes, video tapes,
and direct observation in order to promote the development of the
practitioner's clinical skills. Both supervisors and supervisees are required
to maintain a contemporaneous record of the date, duration, type (individual,
paired, or group), and a brief summary of the pertinent activity for each
supervision session to be submitted to the Board upon request. If there are any
discrepancies in hours, contemporaneous documentation of supervision will be
1. Supervisors may not provide
supervision to family members. In addition, supervisors shall not provide
supervision for any practitioner when that practitioner, or any of that
practitioner's family members have, an ownership interest in, operate, or
manage the business entity in which the supervisor is employed and/or where the
professional marriage and family therapy services are to be provided by that
2. Family member
means a member of a person's immediate or extended family, by direct descent or
by marriage, including intimate or cohabitation