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What a Marriage and Family Therapist have to do to get a job right out of college?

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Brian’s Answer

To become a Marriage Family Therapist you must first obtain an undergraduate degree and then a masters degree in Counseling Psychology to obtain your (MFT or LPCC license) or a masters degree in Social Work (LCSW- Licensed Clinical Social Worker). Once you obtain your masters you usually have to work under a supervisor to gain experience and hours. In CA you must accumulate 3000 hours of supervised work and then once you get those hours you would take the test of the license you want to move forward with. Not sure how it is in other states.

I know people that are therapists and they say it is rewarding work. Most of the therapists I know are in private practice so they also studied business since if you go that route you are a business owner as well.

You do not have to go the private practice route and can find jobs in the mental health field with the licenses mentioned above.

Best wishes in your journey!
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Hassan’s Answer

https://www.mft-license.com/ says that you have to get a Master degree as well as complete supervised clinical practice. Then you'd have to pass state certification.

https://www.mft-license.com/licenserequirements list the license requirements by state. In TN, "marriage and family therapists are known as Licensed Marital and Family Therapists, or LMFTs. They are licensed by the Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marital and Family Therapists and Licensed Pastoral Therapists.

Permanent licensure depends on attainment of a graduate degree, passing scores on two examinations, and completion of supervised work experience. A candidate may be granted a temporary license after graduating from a master’s program; this will allow them to complete their practice requirement."
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NaTasha’s Answer

To add to the previous responses, I suggest considering internships during college to gain some experience before graduation. This will also allow you to test drive this career and see what a day in the life of a marriage counselor is like.
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