(a)To apply for supervisor status, an LMFT in good
standing must submit an application and applicable fee as well as
documentation of the following:
(1)completion of at least 3,000 hours of LMFT practice
over a minimum of 3 years; and
(A)successful completion of a 3-semester-hour, graduate
course in marriage and family therapy supervision from an accredited
(B)a 40-hour continuing education course in clinical
(2)designation as an approved supervisor or supervisor
candidate by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
(b)A supervisor may not be employed by the person
he or she is supervising.
(c)A supervisor may not be related within the second
degree by affinity (marriage) or within the third degree by consanguinity
(blood or adoption) to the person whom he or she is supervising.
(d)Within 60 days of the initiation of supervision,
a supervisor must process and maintain a complete supervision file
on the LMFT Associate. The supervision file must include:
(1)a photocopy of the submitted Supervisory Agreement
(2)proof of council approval of the Supervisory Agreement
(3)a record of all locations at which the LMFT Associate
(4)a dated and signed record of each supervision conference
with the LMFT Associate's total number of hours of supervised experience,
direct client contact hours, and direct client contact hours with
couples or families accumulated up to the date of the conference;
(5)a copy of any written plan for remediation of the
(e)Within 30 days of the termination of supervision,
a supervisor must submit written notification to the council.
(f)Both the LMFT Associate and the council-approved
supervisor are fully responsible for the marriage and family therapy
activities of the LMFT Associate.
(1)The supervisor must ensure the LMFT Associate knows
and adheres to all statutes and rules that govern the practice of
marriage and family therapy.
(2)A supervisor must maintain objective, professional
judgment; a dual relationship between the supervisor and the LMFT
Associate is prohibited.
(3)A supervisor may not supervise more than 12 persons
at one time.
(4)If a supervisor determines the LMFT Associate may
not have the therapeutic skills or competence to practice marriage
and family therapy under an LMFT license, the supervisor must develop
and implement a written plan for remediation of the LMFT Associate.
(5)A supervisor must timely submit accurate documentation
of supervised experience.
(g)Supervisor status expires with the LMFT license.
(h)A supervisor who fails to meet all requirements
for licensure renewal may not advertise or represent himself or herself
as a supervisor in any manner.
(i)A supervisor whose license status is other than
"current, active" is no longer an approved supervisor. Supervised
clinical experience hours accumulated under that person's supervision
after the date his or her license status changed from "current, active"
or after removal of the supervisor designation will not count as acceptable
hours unless approved by the council.
(j)A supervisor who becomes subject to a council disciplinary
order is no longer an approved supervisor. The person must:
(1)inform each LMFT Associate of the council disciplinary
(2)refund all supervisory fees received after date
the council disciplinary order was ratified to the LMFT Associate
who paid the fees; and
(3)assist each LMFT Associate in finding alternate
(k)Supervision of an LMFT Associate without being
currently approved as a supervisor is grounds for disciplinary action.
(l)The LMFT Associate may compensate the supervisor
for time spent in supervision if the supervision is not part of the
supervisor's responsibilities as a paid employee of an agency, institution,
clinic, or other business entity.
(m)At a minimum, the 40-hour continuing
education course in clinical supervision, referenced in subsection
(a)(1)(B) of this rule, must meet each of the following requirements:
(1)the course must be taught by a licensed marriage
and family therapist holding supervisor status issued by the Council;
(2)all related coursework and assignments must be
completed over a time period not to exceed 90 days; and
(3)the 40-hour supervision training must include at
(A)three (3) hours for defining and conceptualizing
supervision and models of supervision;
(B)three (3) hours for supervisory relationship and
marriage and family therapist development;
(C)twelve (12) hours for supervision methods and techniques,
covering roles, focus (process, conceptualization, and personalization),
group supervision, multi-cultural supervision (race, ethnic, and gender
issues), and evaluation methods;
(D)twelve (12) hours for supervision and standards
of practice, codes of ethics, and legal and professional issues; and
(E)three (3) hours for executive and administrative
tasks, covering supervision plan, supervision contract, time for supervision,
record keeping, and reporting.
(n)Subsection (m) of this rule is
effective May 1, 2023.
The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed
the proposal and found it to be within the state agency's legal authority
Filed with the Office
of the Secretary of State on September 22, 2022
Darrel D. Spinks
Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists
Earliest possible date of adoption: November 6, 2022
For further information, please call: (512) 305-7706