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The Changing MFT Profession: Regulation, Technology, and Examination

ByCharles West

Within the United States, the profession of marriage and family therapy has experienced signifi cant growth and change over the past 30 years, evolving into a nationally recognized mental health profession. Although there have been many reasons for this growth, clearly one of the reasons has been the leadership of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). This leadership included the instituting of comprehensive educational and training standards for marriage and family therapists, an increase in accredited graduate and postdegree educational programs, and an increase in the number of AAMFT-approved supervisors (Lee, Nichols, Nichols, & Odom, 2004). Perhaps most importantly, the AAMFT was infl uential in the battle for state licensure of marriage and family therapists, licensure that now exists in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.