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To protect the public through effective licensure and enforcement of the statutes and rules governing the practice of marriage and family therapists to ensure a standard of competent and ethical practice.

Marriage and Family Therapy is the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental and emotional disorders, whether affective, behavioral, or cognitive, within the context of family systems. When working with individuals, couples, families, or other large systems, the marriage and family therapist conceptualizes and implements treatment from a systemic perspective or framework.

REVISED APPLICATION - Application for Marriage and Family Therapist Licensure (LMFT) by State Examination

The Application for Marriage and Family Therapist Licensure (LMFT) has been updated to incorporate changes to the Board's Administrative Rules. Please begin using this new application immediately (AppVer-9/2016).  The past application for LMFT licensure (AppVer-3/2015) will not be accepted after October 15, 2016.  The new application consolidates reporting by an applicant's Board-approved LMFT supervisor to one page and the Board-approved supervisor's signature no longer requires notarization.  (Note:  Notarization of the applicant's signature is still required.) Board-approved LMFT supervisors and applicants should review this new form in its entirety.  Questions?  Contact the Board at or by calling (612) 617-2220.

RULEMAKING – Important Announcement

The MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy has received notice of final adoption of its proposed rules.  The new rules took effect August 1, 2016 and are available for review.  The Board will be providing email notification to all licensees and applicants of the newly-adopted rules.  In addition, it will present a session on the new rule language at the upcoming Fall MAMFT Conference (November 11, 2016).

The revised Minnesota Rule 5300 is available for review:  Rule 5300.   The Board’s Final Rulemaking Docket is also available for review:  Rulemaking Docket – August 2016.

Questions regarding rule language should be sent via email to: 


Board Appointments:   On May 16, 2016, Governor Mark Dayton announced the reappointment of Dr. Shonda Craft to the Board effective May 21, 2016 – January 6, 2020.  This is Dr. Craft’s second term as the Higher Education representative on the Board.  The Board congratulates Dr. Craft on her reappointment and thanks her for her continuing service to the Board.
Governor Dayton also announced the appointment of Andrea Hendel, LMFT, to the Board effective May 21, 2016 - January 6, 2020.  Ms. Hendel fills the seat vacated by Mark Flaten.  Ms. Hendel will serve as one of four LMFT representatives on the Board.  We congratulate her on this appointment and thank her for her service.  
 As he concludes over eight years of service, the Board thanks Mark Flaten for his tireless service and his calm, committed approach to all Board matters.  Thank you, Mark, and we wish you well.

English Language Learner Special Arrangement request process for the National Examination in MFT:  
Effective February 1, 2016, the MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy implemented a process by which English Language Learners (ELL) can request up to two hours of additional testing time when taking the AMFTRB National Examination in Marriage and Family Therapy (the “national exam”).  Page 1 of the “Application for National Examination in MFT” now references the ELL request process and the ELL Special Arrangement application can be found on the “Forms” page of this website.  When completing the Application for National Examination in MFT, please ensure you are using the form with “AppVer -4/2016” printed in the lower, left-hand corner so that you are receiving all current information available.

Loan Forgiveness Program for Mental Health Professionals:   The Minnesota Department of Health Office of Rural Health and Primary Care administers a loan forgiveness program that is funded by the State of Minnesota. For more information about the program, please see the links below:  

     Rural Mental Health Counselors 
     Urban Mental Health Counselors

Beginning July 1, 2015 , the new Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center will provide a single, toll-free number the general public can call to report suspected maltreatment of vulnerable adults. Mandated reporters, LMFTs, LAMFTs, social workers and other licensed professionals, will be able to use a new web-based reporting system on this website. Reports will be promptly submitted to the appropriate lead investigative agencies. Updates on this process will be provided on the Adult Protection webpages on the DHS website.  

Revised Applications for Continuing Education: The "LMFT Application for CE Course Approval" and the "Program Sponsor Application for CE Course Approval" have been revised. The new forms are available on the "Licensee" and "Forms" pages. When completing this application, please ensure you are using the form with "AppVer-4/2015" printed in the lower, left-hand corner. 

Board Appointments: On March 25, 2015, Governor Mark Dayton announced the reappointment of two Board members to the Board of Marriage & Family Therapy. Dennis Morrow, Plymouth, was reappointed as a public member to the Board. Bruce O’Leary, Maple Grove, was reappointed as a licensed (LMFT) member of the Board. Both appointments are effective March 30, 2015 – January 7, 2019. We congratulate Mr. Morrow and Mr. O’Leary on their reappointments and thank them for their service to the Board.

Electronic Health Records: Minnesota Statute 621.495 mandated implementation of electronic health records (EHR) by January 1, 2015, for all MN health care providers. The Minnesota Department of Health serves as the primary resource for issues and inquiries relating to EHR in Minnesota. Informational and reference sources are available to download.

Note for Recent Graduates: The Board recommends that recent graduates working in a therapy-related practice not utilize the designation "MA MFT" or "MS MFT" on business cards or advertising materials (e.g. "John Smith, MA MFT" or "Sue Jones, MS MFT"). Usage of these letters to denote an earned graduate degree have resulted in complaints alleging unlicensed practice of marriage and family therapy by the individual (as "MFT" is recognized and regularly used as an abbreviation for "marriage and family therapist," a protected practice term), or cause confusion for members of the public who mistake the letters as a representation of licensed status by the provider.

LMFT Factsheet: The Minnesota Department of Health has posted its LMFT Workforce factsheet online. Information compiled in the factsheet is from the workforce survey conducted as part of the LMFT license renewal process.
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