24.219.701 LMFT LICENSE REQUIREMENTS – ORIGINAL APPLICANTS
(1) Applicants for LMFT licensure not currently licensed in another state or jurisdiction must submit a completed application on forms provided by the department. Completed applications include appropriate fees and required documentation.
(2) Applicants must have a degree that:
(a) meets the requirements in 37-37-201, MCA;
(b) is a minimum of a master's degree in marriage and family counseling from a program accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) or Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE); or
(c) is a minimum of a master's degree from an accredited institution consisting of a minimum of 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours. Those hours must include a minimum of 48 semester hours or 72 quarter hours of courses in:
(i) foundations of relational/systemic practice, theories, and models;
(ii) biopsychosocial health and development across the life span;
(iii) clinical treatment with individuals, couples, and families;
(iv) ethics in marriage and family therapy;
(v) diverse, multicultural, and/or underserved communities; and
(vi) systemic/relational assessment and mental health diagnosis and treatment.
(3) In addition to the requirements in (2), applicants must:
(b) have passed an examination as described in ARM 24.219.702 within four years of the date of application;
(c) have completed a Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprint background check per 37-37-201, MCA, within six months of the application date; and
(d) provide verification of any professional license(s) the applicant has ever held in any state or jurisdiction.
(4) Incomplete applications will automatically expire one year from the date the fee was received. If an application expires, the applicant must reapply and pay all appropriate fees.