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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.


The Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy will hold a Special Board Meeting on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.  The Board will meet in CLOSED SESSION at that time to confer on one or more possible disciplinary actions.  Some Board members may attend this meeting by telephone.  As the meeting will be CLOSED, the public may not participate by telephone or attend in person.

PROPOSED RULEMAKING – Request for Comments

The Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy (“Board”) has initiated the rulemaking process to modify its current administrative rules (Minn.R.5300). This process was commenced by the Board’s publication of the “Request for Comments” in the Minnesota State Register on December 1, 2014. You may review the “Request for Comments” by clicking here: Request for Comments. You may review the Board’s Rulemaking Docket by clicking here:  Rulemaking Docket.  You may review the Board’s proposed rule modifications by clicking here: Proposed Rules.

PLEASE NOTE:  The Proposed Rules have changed slightly to include revision to Rules 5300.0170, 5300.0280 and 5300.0290.  Additional changes include omitting requirements for notarization in Rules 5300.0150, 5300.0155 and 5300.0200 and adding effective dates for specific rule requirements.

Should you have any questions, comments or concerns about the proposed modifications, or any of the Board’s other rules, please feel free to submit them in writing to the Board as indicated in the “Request for Comments”.  Please note that this will not be your final opportunity to comment on the proposed modifications. Once the final modifications are approved by the Board, it will publish a “Notice of Intent to Adopt Rules” in the Minnesota State Register. At that time, interested parties will have the opportunity to submit written comments, support or objections to the modifications, as well as request a public hearing. If the Board receives 25 or more written requests for a hearing, it will be held in the time and place indicated in the Notice of Intent to Adopt Rules.  

News Items

  • 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.

  • 2015 is a CE Reporting Year for LMFTs: All LMFTs must complete the required number of Board-approved CE hours prior to license renewal in December 2015. For more information, please read the article, "Continuing Education Update from the MN Board of MFT," published in the Summer 2015 MAMFT newsletter.

  • 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-4/2015" printed in the lower, left-hand corner. Older application versions will not be accepted after May 1, 2015.

  • 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-8/2015" 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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