Frequently Asked Questions About Marriage Counseling
Who are marriage and family therapists?
Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) are trained in psychotherapy and family systems (with at least two years of clinical experience) and are licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders within the context of marriage, couples and family systems.
What is marriage and family therapy?
MFTs are concerned with the long-term well-being of individuals and their families.
Marriage and family therapists practice short-term therapy: 12 sessions on average. Often the treatment provided by marriage and family therapists is one-on-one as well as marital/family therapy.
Marriage and family therapy's prominence in the mental health field has increased due to its brief, solution-focused treatment, its family-centered approach, and its demonstrated effectiveness.
What are the qualifications for a marriage and family therapist?
Marriage and family therapy is a distinct professional discipline with graduate and post graduate programs. Three options are available for those interested in becoming a marriage and family therapist: master's degree (2-3 years), doctoral program (3-5 years), or post-graduate clinical training programs (3-4 years).
After graduation from an accredited program, a period - usually two years - of post-degree supervised clinical experience is necessary before licensure or certification. When the supervision period is completed, the therapist can take a state licensing exam, or the national examination for marriage and family therapists conducted by the AAMFT Regulatory Boards. This exam is used as a licensure requirement in most states.
What about online marriage counseling?
The official stance by the psychotherapy community is still in question in regards to the efficacy or non-efficacy of online counseling.
Because online counseling is a relatively new form of therapy, regulations have yet to be established. The International Society for Mental Health Online (http://www.ismho.org/) has published ethical guidelines to assist professionals in the development of ethical e-counseling practices.
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