Affected: IC 25-23.6-8
used in IC
"master's degree in an area related to marriage and family therapy" means a
degree earned in one (1) of the following areas of study:
(1) Clinical social work.
(4) Pastoral counseling.
(5) Programs accredited by the Commission on
Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).
(6) Another degree area as determined by the
for licensure as a marriage and family therapist with a graduate degree not
listed in subsection (a), or an applicant asserting that his or her program is
equivalent to a program in marriage and family therapy whose content areas are
listed in IC
must provide the board with the following information:
(1) Evidence that their degree program and
any additional course work are equivalent to the criteria for a graduate degree
in marriage and family therapy as set forth in this section.
(2) An official college transcript.
(3) Appropriate certifications or affidavits
from university officials.
additional supporting documentation as requested by the board.
As used in IC
"regional accrediting body" means a college or university that was accredited
prior to or within two (2) years of the time of the applicant's graduation by
one (1) of the following:
(1) New England
Association of Schools and Colleges.
(2) Middle States Association of Colleges and
(3) North Central
Association of Colleges and Schools.
(4) Northwest Association of Schools and
(5) Southern Association
of Schools and Colleges.
Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
(d) An applicant for licensure as a marriage
and family therapist under IC 25-23.6-8 must show successful completion of a
degree curriculum that shall encompass a minimum of twenty-seven (27) semester
hours or forty-one (41) quarter hours of graduate course work. If the course
titles as stated on the transcript do not clearly reflect the course work
content areas as listed in IC
the applicant must document the course or combination of courses in which the
material was covered. Only graduate level courses are acceptable for
establishing equivalency. The board will not accept course work counted or
credited toward an undergraduate degree.
The following criteria shall be used to
identify a master's or doctoral program in marriage and family therapy or an
area related to marriage and family therapy:
The program, wherever it may be housed,
(A) be clearly identified as a
marriage and family therapy program in pertinent catalogs and brochures;
(B) specify the program's
intent to educate and train marriage and family therapists.
(2) There shall be a clear
authority and primary responsibility for the core and specialty areas, whether
or not the program cuts across administrative lines.
(3) The program shall have an identifiable
marriage and family therapy professional responsible for the program.
(4) The program shall have an identifiable
body of students who are matriculated in that program for a degree.
(5) The program shall include a supervised
clinical practicum, internship, or field experience in marriage and family
(f) As used in
"practicum" means a distinctly defined supervised curricular experience
intended to enable the student to develop basic therapy skills and to integrate
professional knowledge and skills appropriate to the student's program
emphasis. The practicum shall be a minimum of five hundred (500) face-to-face
client contact hours and include a minimum of one hundred (100) hours of
supervision from an LMFT who has at least five (5) years of
(g) The supervision of
the clinical practicum, internship, or field experience in marriage and family
therapy experiences listed in this section are tutorial forms of instruction.
Individual supervision is supervision rendered to not more than two (2)
individuals at a time and group supervision is supervision rendered to at least
two (2) and not more than ten (10) individuals at one (1) time.
As used in IC
"one hundred (100) hours of supervision" refers to the entire clinical
experience requirement of five hundred (500) hours. This includes individual
and group supervision. The applicant must document that at least one hundred
(100) hours were spent with an LMFT supervisor who has at least five (5) years
of experience or a qualified supervisor approved by the board. The graduate
marriage and family therapy student may work away from the premises of the
educational institution but must:
enrolled in a clinical practicum, internship, or field experience in marriage
and family therapy; and
therapy under the auspices of that graduate program.