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Marriage & Family Therapist
Continuing Education Activities

Criteria for Certification

Massachusetts & Rhode Island

 

To be certified for MFT Continuing Education, an educational activity must be an organized program with planned meetings, at least one identified instructor, a prepared agenda, a reading list and participants must complete written evaluations. Each activity must also meet certain content and instructor criteria. Activities which meet at least one of the content criteria and one of the instructor criteria will be eligible.

I . Content Criteria

1. Professional Practice activities. These activities enhance clinicians' ability to understand and function within the legal, economic and regulatory environments, and may include information about practice development, therapist "burn-out", managed care, financial management, mental health and domestic law, expert witness testimony, and /or risk management (among others). All activities, offered within any of the mental health or human service professions are eligible for certification, whether they specifically address MFT's or not.

2. Marriage & Family Therapy activities. Clinical, theoretical, research, and all other activities will be eligible for certification if they expressly address at least one of the following (a broad definition of "couple" and "family" are intended):

a. methods: clinical or research methods which can be used with couples or families.

b. theory: ideas about how couples and families and organizations function, including how individuals function within social settings and the impact of these settings on individuals.

c. research or outcomes: methods or review of results: focusing on families and/or the practice of MFT.

d. training and supervision: learning to teach or supervise other MFT's (on-going clinical supervision is excluded).

Generally MFT activities will prominently mention MFT or related issues in the title and/or description. Activities such as human development, psychopathology, disability and clinical models intended for use with individuals can be certified for MFT's so long as they address either interpersonal processes or specific content areas of concern to MFT's (see below).

3. All other mental health continuing education activities: The following specific content areas and clinical methods have been identified as also being directly relevant to the practice of MFT. CE activities addressing these issues will be eligible for MFT certification, whether or not they prominently address MFT.

 Adoption  Divorce, custody and mediation  Organizational behavior
 ACOA issues  Domestic violence  Parenting
 ADHD  Eating disorders  PTSD
 Adolescence  Ethnicity & multi-cultural issues  Psychopharmacology
 Aging  Fertility  Psychopathology
 Behavioral medicine  Gay and lesbian issues  Sexuality and sexual dysfunction
 Bereavement  Gender identity  Substance abuse and recovery
 Brief therapy  Gender issues  Solution-focused therapy
 Chemical dependency  Human development   Survivors of abuse and trauma
 Child abuse and neglect  Hypnotherapy
 Co-dependency issues  Narrative methods  

II. Instructor Qualifications:

To be eligible for MFT CE certification, at least one of the instructors or presenters present at each meeting of the activity must meet at least one of the following criteria:

1. Licensed MFT (any state or Canadian province)
2. Clinical Member, or Approved Supervisor or Supervisor-in-Training, AAMFT.
3. Other licensed mental health professional with 2 or more years experience doing MFT.
4. Staff member of an agency providing MFT services, 2 years or more MFT experience.
5. Faculty member of an educational institution teaching MFT.
6. Other qualified professional with experience relevant to this particular activity.
7. Non-professional with relevant experience (enclose explanation).

Professional License Type (for coding on the form):

 Marriage & Family Therapist............MFT  Psychiatrist..........................MD
 Mental Health Counselor...................MHC  Psychologist........................Psy
 Nurse.................................................RN  Social Worker ....................LICSW or LCSW
 Other ...................................OTH (explain on form)  None ..................................None (explain on form)

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