CAMFT MEMBERSHIP EXPLAINED
CAMFT aspires to promote excellence in the practice of Marriage/Couple and Family Therapy, while at the same time welcoming a diverse array of professionals who seek to integrate systemic perspective and practice in their work. We use the term “Marriage and Family Therapy” as a form of acknowledgment and respect for the pioneers of our field who brought our profession into being. We are an inclusive association that is open to and accepting of couples and families in all of their myriad permutations.
To this end, CAMFT has created a variety of categories of membership, and is committed to being open to many approaches and varieties of experience and training.
While our standards of credentialing are rigorous, we strive also to make them accessible. Candidates are encouraged to enter into a process of dialogue and reflection which will enable them to identify the resources they bring to practice from diverse backgrounds and forms of training and experience, as well as the resources they may yet need to practice with autonomy and confidence, joining the ranks of those who promote excellence in the field.
Those who are members in good standing with AAMFT may apply for membership with CAMFT, in the same (or related) category. If this applies to you please click here for more information and application form.
If you have a Masters in Social Work CAMFT welcomes your application for membership. We realize that you have worked hard to get your MSW licence. At the same time, the training you had may not have included all the courses we are looking for. Please click here to learn more.
CAMFT is not a regulatory body.
Candidate demonstrates enrolment in a graduate level program of study to become a Marriage/Couple and Family Therapist, or to practice in a related field.
- Candidates in graduate level programs which are specifically designed to train Marriage/Couple and Family Therapists.
- Candidates in graduate level programs which include sufficient courses to meet the criteria for Registered Marriage and Family Therapist credentialing.
- Candidates in programs which are pre-approved as COAMFTE programs by AAMFT or IFTA’s IACSTE approved programs. FYI: http://www.ifta-familytherapy.org/approvedprograms.html. or https://www.coamfte.org/COAMFTE/Directory_of_Accredited_Programs/MFT_Training_Programs.aspx
- Candidates in a graduate level program of study to follow some other career path (e.g. nursing, medicine, occupational therapy, psychology, social work, clinical counselling), wanting to learn how to practice from a systemic perspective.
PRACTICUM REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS
The degree must include a supervised practicum (supervised client contact hours with individuals, couples, and families). A minimum of 150 supervised client contact hours is required. Applicants who did not complete the full 150 hours practicum during their graduate program may document the remaining hours with initial post graduate client contact hours supervised by an RMFT Supervisor, Supervisor Qualifying, or by an Alternate Supervisor pre-approved by CAMFT specifically for that applicant.
Wondering what courses you should take? Have a look at the list of Required Coursework. Student Member annual dues are $50.00. You may want to look at the requirements for Associate members which is the category you will be be able to apply for after graduation. Applications can be found here.
Definition of Direct Client Contact Hours (DCC)
Time spent in direct contact with the therapist and the client(s) in the active process of therapy.
Activities not considered Direct Client Contact hours: scheduling, case planning, observation of therapy, documentation, case consultation