Marriage and Family Therapist Intern/Trainee Supervision

General Qualifications

Licensed mental health professionals interested in providing supervision to Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT) Interns and Trainees must meet certain minimum qualifications in order to supervise. The qualifications differ depending on the license type of the potential supervisor. Listed below are the licensed mental health professionals authorized to supervise MFT Interns and Trainees and some of the general qualifications needed to provide supervision to an MFT Intern or Trainee. For specific supervision requirements, please review sections 1833 – 1833.2 of Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations. (NOTE: This information only applies to those supervising MFT Interns and Trainees. Please refer to Supervising Associate Clinical Social Workers for ASW supervision information.)

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) – LMFTs must:

  • possess a current and valid California license for at least two years prior to the commencement of supervision;
  • complete a 6-hour supervision training within the two-year period immediately preceding supervision and every renewal period when supervising, NOTE: If the supervisor has never taken this course, it must be taken within 60 days of commencement of supervision; and
  • have practiced psychotherapy or directly supervised trainees, interns, or associate clinical social workers who perform psychotherapy as part of their clinical practice in two of the past five years immediately preceding the commencement of supervision,

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) – LCSWs must:

  • possess a current and valid California license for at least two years prior to the commencement of supervision;
  • complete a 6-hour supervision training within the two-year period immediately preceding supervision and every renewal period when supervising, NOTE: If the supervisor has never taken this course, it must be taken within 60 days of commencement of supervision; and
  • have practiced psychotherapy or directly supervised trainees, interns, or associate clinical social workers who perform psychotherapy as part of their clinical practice in two of the past five years immediately preceding the commencement of supervision.

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor – LPCCs must:

  • possess a current and valid California license for at least two years prior to the commencement of supervision;
  • complete a 6-hour supervision training within the two-year period immediately preceding supervision and every renewal period when supervising, NOTE: If the supervisor has never taken this course, it must be taken within 60 days of commencement of supervision; and
  • have practiced psychotherapy or directly supervised trainees, interns, or associate clinical social workers who perform psychotherapy as part of their clinical practice in two of the past five years immediately preceding the commencement of supervision.
  • Complete the following additional training and education:
  • One of the following:
  • Six semester units or nine quarter units specifically focused on the theory and application of marriage and family therapy; or
  • A named specialization or emphasis area on the qualifying degree in marriage and family therapy; marital and family therapy; marriage, family, and child counseling; or couple and family therapy.
  • No less than 500 hours of documented supervised experience working directly with couples, families, or children.
  • A minimum of six hours of continuing education specific to marriage and family therapy, completed in each license renewal cycle.

Licensed Psychologist (licensed through the Board of Psychology) – Psychologists must:

  • possess a current and valid California license for at least two years prior to the commencement of supervision; and
  • have practiced psychotherapy or directly supervised trainees, interns, or associate clinical social workers who perform psychotherapy as part of their clinical practice in two of the past five years immediately preceding the commencement of supervision.

Licensed Physicians certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology – Psychiatrists must:

  • possess a current and valid license for at least two years prior to the commencement of supervision; and
  • have practiced psychotherapy or directly supervised trainees, interns, or associate clinical social workers who perform psychotherapy as part of their clinical practice in two of the past five years immediately preceding the commencement of supervision.

Six Hour Supervision Training

Supervisors must retain documentation verifying completion of this requirement and must provide it to the Board upon request.

Other Important Resources for MFT Intern and Trainee Supervisors

The LMFT Licensure Walk Through provides a detailed explanation of the entire MFT licensure process. This information is valuable for MFT Interns, Trainees, and their supervisors.

The LMFT Experience Calculator for Hours Gained on or After January 1, 2010 and before January 1, 2012 is a useful resource for MFT Interns who would like to determine how close they are to finishing their supervised experience.

The LMFT Standard and Written Clinical Vignette Candidate Handbooks include tasks and knowledge tested on the examinations. Many future licensees and supervisors do not realize that this information is available on the Board's Web site.

Forms Relating to Supervision