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TITLE 22EXAMINING BOARDS
PART 35TEXAS STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS
CHAPTER 801LICENSURE AND REGULATION OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS
SUBCHAPTER GEXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE
RULE §801.142Supervised Clinical Experience Requirements and Conditions

An applicant for LMFT must complete supervised clinical experience acceptable to the board.

  (1) The LMFT Associate must have completed a minimum of two years of work experience in marriage and family therapy including at least 3,000 hours of supervised clinical practice, of which:

    (A) at least 1,500 hours must be providing direct clinical services, with no more than 500 hours provided via technology-assisted services (as approved by the supervisor); and

    (B) of the 1,500 hours of direct clinical services, at least 750 hours must be providing direct clinical services to couples or families.

    (C) of the 3,000 hours of supervised clinical practice, at least 200 hours must be board-approved supervision as defined in §801.2 of this title (relating to Definitions), of which:

      (i) at least 100 hours must be individual supervision; and

      (ii) no more than 50 hours may be provided by telephonic services;

      (iii) with unlimited hours by live video.

      (iv) While providing services, the LMFT Associate must participate in a minimum of one hour of supervision every week, except for good cause shown.

    (D) The remaining hours may come from related experiences, including workshops, public relations, writing case notes, consulting with referral sources, etc.

  (2) Staff may count graduate internship hours exceeding the requirements set in §801.114(b)(8) of this title (relating to Academic Course Content) toward the minimum requirement of at least 3,000 hours of supervised clinical practice under the following conditions.

    (A) No more than 500 excess graduate internship hours completed under a Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) accredited graduate program may be counted toward the minimum requirement of at least 3,000 hours of supervised clinical practice.

    (B) No more than 400 excess graduate internship hours completed under a non-COAMFTE-accredited graduate program may be counted toward the minimum requirement of at least 3,000 hours of supervised clinical practice.

    (C) No more than 100 excess graduate internship supervision hours may be counted toward the minimum requirement of at least 200 hours of board-approved supervision.

  (3) An LMFT Associate may practice marriage and family therapy in any setting under supervision, such as a private practice, public or private agencies, hospitals, etc.

  (4) During the post-graduate, supervised clinical experience, both the supervisor and the LMFT Associate may have disciplinary actions taken against their licenses for violations of the Act or this chapter.

  (5) Within 30 days of the initiation of supervision, an LMFT Associate must submit to the board a Supervisory Agreement Form for each board-approved supervisor.

  (6) An LMFT Associate may have no more than two board-approved supervisors at a time, unless given prior approval by the board or its designee.

  (7) Except as specified in paragraph (2) of this section, hours of supervision and supervised clinical experience accrued toward an out-of-state LMFT license may be accepted only by endorsement.

    (A) The applicant must ensure supervision and supervised experience accrued in another jurisdiction is verified by the jurisdiction in which it occurred and that the other jurisdiction provides verification of supervision to the board.

    (B) If an applicant has been licensed as an LMFT in another United States jurisdiction for the two years immediately preceding the date the application is received, the supervised clinical experience requirements are considered met. If licensed for any other two-year period, the board will determine whether clinical experience requirements have been met.


Source Note: The provisions of this §801.142 adopted to be effective March 7, 2019, 44 TexReg 1131

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