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Our Mission: 

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.

News Items:

  • Board Appointments:  On June 11, 2014, Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of attorney Kathryn Graves, Minneapolis, to the Board effective June 16, 2014 - January 1, 2018. Ms. Graves will serve as one of two public members of the Board, taking over the seat held by Kay Ek, who now concludes eight years of Board service. We congratulate Ms. Graves on her appointment and thank her for her service.

    On April 15, 2014, Governor Mark Dayton announced the reappointment of two Board members to the Board of Marriage & Family Therapy. Dr. Herb Grant, Minneapolis, and Dr. John Seymour, Mankato, were each appointed to a third term on the Board effective April 20, 2014 - January 1, 2018. We congratulate Dr. Grant and Dr. Seymour on their appointment 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. A list of informational and reference sources can be found here. 

  • 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.

  • Revised Application for National Examination: The "Application for National Examination in MFT" has been revised. The new form is available on the "Applicants" and "Forms" pages. When completing this application, please ensure you are using the form with "AppVer-3/2014" printed in the lower, left-hand corner. Older application versions will not be accepted after June 1, 2014.

  • 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. 
  • Rule Revision:  A draft rule revision is under consideration by the Board’s Rules Committee.  Once adopted by the full Board, the proposed rule revision will be available for distribution and comment to all licensees and interested stakeholders.   It is anticipated the proposed rule revision will be available for review Fall 2014 and will be posted on the Board’s website at that time.


Board Meetings: 


All meetings will be held at 9:30 am 

  • November 21, 2014
  • January 16 2015
  • March 27, 2014 (4th Friday)
  • May 15, 2015
  • July 17, 2015
  • September 18, 2015
  • November 20, 2015 

All meetings will be held at Board office building. Dates and times are subject to change.

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