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MFTs, allied mental health professionals, and other interested professionals who are dedicated to their ongoing growth and professional development are not hard to find. They are members of AAMFT. Regardless of the stage of your career as an MFT, an allied mental health professional, or other interested and qualified professional, AAMFT has a membership category for you.


Please note that according to AAMFT membership standards, all members must belong to the highest category of membership for which they are eligible.

Following are the six (6) AAMFT Membership Categories:

Clinical Fellow

Clinical Fellow membership is the credentialed level of membership in AAMFT. Clinical Fellows have met rigorous standards of training in marriage and family therapy and are recognized worldwide for these standards.  There are two tracks that will allow one to become a Clinical Fellow in the association. The licensure track is for individuals in the US, and the evaluative track is for individuals in Canada and overseas.

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Members of the association shall have attained and hold a current (at the time of application) independent (private) practice license in a mental health field other than MFT, as defined by the Board that legally authorizes you to provide services to individuals, couples, and families. The acceptable mental health fields are clinical psychology, psychiatry, social work, mental health counseling, professional counseling, and psychiatric nursing.

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Pre-Clinical Fellow

An individual who has completed a master's or doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy from a regionally accredited educational institution, or an equivalent course of study, and is completing the post degree supervised clinical hours toward the highest level of MFT licensure in a US state. See the evaluative requirements for individuals applying outside of the US. 

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Associate Membership

Associate members are individuals who are working toward the post-graduate requirements toward full licensure to practice independently in a mental health field other than MFT.

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Student Membership

Student members are those that are enrolled in a graduate marriage and family therapy program, or an equivalent graduate mental health program, which can reasonably be expected to lead to qualifications as a Clinical Fellow or Member of AAMFT. Individuals who have already received a master's degree and are completing the post-degree supervised clinical hours toward MFT licensure or other mental health licensure are not eligible for student membership.

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Affiliate Membership

An Affiliate is an individual who is interested in marriage and family therapy but is not in graduate school, is not licensed, and is not working toward MFT or other mental health licensure.

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AAMFT Approved Supervisor Designation

AAMFT Approved Supervisors are dedicated professionals who have obtained the educational, experiential, and supervisory training required for the competent supervision of marriage and family therapists and trainees. Those who have earned the designation serve as mentors who support and nurture their supervisees' strengths and resources, and provide a learning environment that ensures thorough marriage and family therapy (MFT) training and education. Approved Supervisors work from a systemic orientation, using a variety of MFT theoretical approaches in their practice. Their supervision is guided by the Responsibilities and Guidelines for AAMFT Approved Supervisors, set forth in the Approved Supervisor Handbook, January 2014 and the AAMFT Code of Ethics. 

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