a division of The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Licensure Requirements

Oklahoma Licensure requirements

The licensure process in the state of Oklahoma is a minimum of 2 years process, including exams and supervision of clinical hours. There are several steps to the process. First an individual must apply in order to become a candidate. That individual will need to be in contact with an approved supervisor through the state of Oklahoma that agrees to provide supervision for clinical experience. To find an approved supervisor, one can go to the state website https://www.ok.gov/health/counselor/app/index.php.

If the individual would like to have an AAMFT approved supervisor, he or she can go to the supervisor directory at https://www.aamft.org/iMIS15/AAMFT/Content/directories/supervisor_terms_of_use.aspx.

 

In order to apply for an Oklahoma licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy, a candidate much submit an application to the State of Oklahoma. Several items are needed:

  • Application form
  • Internship/Practicum Documentation Form
  • Three (3) Document of Recommendation Forms
  • Application Fee of $200.00 made out the LMFT Revolving Fund
  • Official graduate transcript
  • Completed criminal background check
  • 2 sets of approved fingerprints

All of these that need forms can be found on the State of Oklahoma website.

https://www.ok.gov/behavioralhealth/SUPERVISION_-_LMFT.html

 

The education requirement can also be found on the state website. A Master’s degree from an accredited university is needed to apply with a minimum of 45 academic class hours. There is an academic review form on the state website that will help an applicant organize the required areas of study.

https://www.ok.gov/behavioralhealth/ACADEMIC_REQUIREMENTS_-_LMFT.html

Accreditation:
All degrees and coursework needed to meet the academic requirements must be from a college or university accredited by one of the following six regional accrediting associations recognized by the United States Department of Education:

  • The New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • The Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges
  • The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • The Northwestern Association of Schools and Colleges
  • The Western Association of School and Colleges
  • The Southern Association of Schools and Colleges

Degrees:
In order to qualify for LMFT licensure you must have at least a master’s degree in marital and family therapy or in a mental health, behavioral science, or counseling related field which is content-equivalent to a graduate degree in marital and family therapy.

In order to qualify as a “content equivalent” degree, a graduate transcript must document the minimum number of graduate hours and knowledge’s areas listed below.

You must be able to document one (1) or more courses of at least three (3) semester credit hours or four (4) quarter credit hours per course in each of the following knowledge areas. Academic courses must include a minimum of 45 class hours for each course.

Knowledge Areas:

  • Theoretical Foundations of Marital and Family Systems – At least three (3) courses of three (3) semester hours in any course which deals primarily in areas such as family life cycle; theories of family development; marriage and/or the family; sociology of the family; families under stress; the contemporary family; family in a social context; the cross-cultural family; youth/adult/aging and the family; family subsystems; individual, interpersonal relationships (marital, parental, sibling).
  • Assessment and Treatment in Marital and Family Therapy – At least three (3) courses of three (3) semester hours any course which deals in areas such as family therapy methodology; family assessment; treatment and intervention methods; overview of major clinical theories of marital and family therapy such as: communications, contextual, experiential, object relations, strategic, structural, systemic, transgenerational.
  • Human Development – At least three (3) courses of three (3) semester hours in any course which deals primarily in areas such as human development; personality theory; human sexuality; psychopathology; at least one of which in psychopathology or abnormal human behavior.
  • Ethics and Professional Studies – At least one (1) course of three (3) semester hours in any course which deals primarily in areas such as professional socialization and the role of the professional organization; legal responsibilities and liabilities; independent practice and inter-professional cooperation; ethics and family law.  1-3 semester hour course
  • Research – At least one (1) course of three (3) semester hours in any course, which deals primarily in areas such as research design, methods, statistics, research in marital and family therapy.
  • Practicum/internship – Must have at least 300 clock hours.

Once all of these forms are submitted, the state board will review them and either grant or deny candidacy to an applicant. The board will send an academic review document, an exam eligibility document, and an approved supervision document.

At this time, the candidate will need to schedule to take the state exam. There is a list of places that offer the exam on the state website. Once that exam is successfully completed, the candidate may start accruing face-to-face of client time with the corresponding supervision hours.

Supervision

A candidate will work with his or her approved supervisor on a weekly basis to consult about all clinical cases. The candidate can accrue up to 42 face-to-face clinical hours per 4 week time slot if he or she has received 6.25 supervision hours. Every six months, a document of Evaluation of supervision experience must be completed and sent to the state. This document will list how many face-to-face hours, supervision hours, and type of hours have been accrued. Each six months, the candidate must have a minimum of 2 observation supervisions where the supervisor can observe the candidate providing therapy, live or on video or audio. By the end of hour accrual, a candidate must have a minimum of 1000 clinical hours with at least 250 of relational nature.

Exams Overview

There are two exams that a client needs to take in order to complete the exam portion of the licensure requirements. The first one, Oklahoma Licensed Marital and Family Therapist Examination (OLMFTE), must be completed prior to accruing clinical hours for licensure. This exam is 40 questions over ethical practices that follow the Oklahoma Act and Regulations for Marriage and Family Therapists. This document is found of the state website.

https://www.ok.gov/behavioralhealth/Acts_and_Regulations/

The second exam is the National Licensed Marital and Family Therapy Examination. A candidate can follow the link on the examination eligibility document that he or she receives from the state to sign up to take the examination. There is one week per month that the examination is offered. After taking the exam, the candidate may wait up to 90 days to get his or her mailed results.