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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. 


Two Board seats noticed for appointment: Public board member Dennis R. Morrow, PhD and licensed clinical member Bruce O’Leary, LMFT, have advised the Board of their intent to step down from the Board effective July 1, 2018.  Both upcoming vacancies are posted on the Office of the MN Secretary of State website:  Interested LMFT candidates may file for the open clinical seat; interested public members may file for the seat currently held by Dr. Morrow.  For questions, contact the Board at or 612-617-2220.  

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.

LMFT State Licensure Application:  The Application for Marriage and Family Therapist Licensure (LMFT) has been updated to incorporate changes to the Board’s Administrative Rules. Please begin using the new application immediately (AppVer-9/2016). The new application consolidates reporting by an applicant's Board-approved LMFT supervisor to one page and the Board-approved supervisor's signature no longer requires notarization. (Note: Notarization of the applicant's signature is still required.) Board-approved LMFT supervisors and applicants should review this new form in its entirety. Questions? Contact the Board at or by calling (612) 617-2220

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:

Board Appointments:   On May 16, 2016, Governor Mark Dayton announced the reappointment of Dr. Shonda Craft to the Board effective May 21, 2016 – January 6, 2020.  This is Dr. Craft’s second term as the Higher Education representative on the Board.  The Board congratulates Dr. Craft on her reappointment and thanks her for her continuing service to the Board.   

Governor Dayton also announced the appointment of Andrea Hendel, LMFT, to the Board effective May 21, 2016 - January 6, 2020.  Ms. Hendel fills the seat vacated by Mark Flaten.  Ms. Hendel will serve as one of four LMFT representatives on the Board.  We congratulate her on this appointment and thank her for her service.  
As he concludes over eight years of service, the Board thanks Mark Flaten for his tireless service and his calm, committed approach to all Board matters.  Thank you, Mark, and we wish you well.

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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