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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.

Criminal Background Check (CBC): 


Starting October 16, 2017 a Criminal Background Check is Required of New Applicants, LMFT Reciprocity Applicants and Those Seeking License Reinstatement 

Minnesota law now requires that all new applicants for licensure (those filing the Application for National Examination in Marital and Family Therapy, individuals filing the Application for LMFT Licensure by Reciprocity, and those seeking LAMFT or LMFT license reinstatement), must complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check (Minn. Stat. 214.075). The Minnesota Health Licensing Boards have cooperatively established the Criminal Background Check Program to help you efficiently complete this mandatory background check. Fingerprints are crosschecked with databases of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Federal Bureau of Investigation. Applications received on and after October 16, 2017, must include the $32.00 criminal background check fee with the $110.00 application fee (for the Application for National Exam - a total of $142.00) or with the $220.00 application fee (for the Application for LMFT Licensure by Reciprocity - a total of $252.00). After your application with proper fees is received, the Criminal Background Check Program will send you a packet containing additional information and directions. You are responsible for having your fingerprints taken promptly and for completing all required paperwork so as to not delay application processing.  Previously-taken fingerprints cannot be used. Some agencies charge a fee for fingerprinting services. Fingerprinting can be done without a fee at the Criminal Background Check Program office. Please contact the CBC office to make an appointment after you receive the CBC information packet.  

Please see the Criminal Background Check website for more details. 

NEWS ITEMS

On September 17, 2018, Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointments of Jessie Everts, PhD, LMFT, and Ukasha Dakane to the MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy effective September 19, 2018 - January 7, 2019.  Dr. Everts was appointed to complete the term of former Board member, Bruce O’Leary, LMFT, who stepped down from the Board effective July 1, 2018.  Dr. Everts serves as one of four LMFT members of the Board.  Mr. Dakane is one of two public members of the Board and his appointment completes the term of former Board member, Dennis Morrow, PhD, who resigned from the Board effective July 1, 2018.  The Board congratulates Dr. Everts and Mr. Dakane on their appointments and welcomes them to the MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy.  The Board further thanks Mr. O’Leary and Dr. Morrow for their years of hard work and commitment to public service, and wishes them well in all their new endeavors. 

On February 21, 2018, Governor Mark Dayton announced the reappointment of
Dr. John Seymour, LMFT, Dr. Herb Grant, LMFT, and Kathryn Graves to the MN Board of Marriage & Family Therapy effective February 26, 2018 – January 3, 2022.  Dr. Seymour and Dr. Grant serve as two of the four licensed (LMFT) members of the Board.  Ms. Graves, an attorney with the Minneapolis law firm of Henson & Efron, is one of two public members of the Board.  The Board congratulates Dr. Seymour, Dr. Grant and Ms. Graves on their reappointments and thanks them for their continuing service to the Board.     

MAMFT 2016 Fall Conference:  Presentation by Jennifer Mohlenhoff, Executive Director MN Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Things Every LMFT Board-Approved Supervisor Needs to Know MN Rules & the Practice of Marriage & Family Therapy

LMFT Factsheet:
The Minnesota Department of Health has posted its 2015 LMFT Workforce factsheet online. Information compiled in the factsheet is from the workforce survey conducted as part of the LMFT license renewal process.

Rulemaking:   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 on the “Laws & Rules” web page. Questions regarding rule language should be sent to the Board via email:  mft.board@state.mn.us

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.   

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