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License renewal for both LMFT and LAMFT licenses is now closed.  If you wish to reinstate your license, contact the Board by phone (612) 617-2220 or email

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.

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 proposed rule modifications by clicking here: Proposed Rules. New rule language is underscored. Language to be deleted is stricken through. Please note that these modifications to the Board’s rules are proposed only. The final rule language may be different.

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. 

  • 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-11/2014" printed in the lower, left-hand corner. Older application versions will not be accepted after December 1, 2014.  
  • 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.

  • 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. 

Website information is available in alternative formats for individuals with disabilities upon request from (612) 617-2220 or email 
Minnesota Relay Service for Hearing Impaired 1-800-627-3529

Board Meetings: 

All meetings will be held at 9:30 am 

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

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