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IMFT Application Instructions


Completion of at least two calendar years (24 full months) of supervised training while engaged in the practice of marriage and family therapy, including at least 200 hours of face-to-face training supervision (100 of which must be individual supervision) and 1,000 hours of direct client contact (500 of which must be relational, with couples and/or families present).  To work toward the IMFT, you first need to have earned an MFT license.  The majority of training supervision must be provided by either an IMFT-S, or an independent licensee who is also an AAMFT-approved supervisor.  Up to fifty of the required two hundred supervision hours may be earned under the supervision of an Ohio licensed LISW-S or LPCC-S.

Steps toward Licensure (ALL items must be completed before your IMFT can be issued):

  1. Supervision forms. Each of your training supervisors must submit Verification of Supervised Experience.

The requirement is at least two full years of supervised MFT experience. This means at least 24 full months, during which time you are practicing marriage and family therapy (at least 1,000 hours of direct client contact, 500 of which must be relational) and also receiving training supervision. See the full supervision rule here.

Supervision shall total a minimum of 200 hours, although no more than 100 of these hours may be group supervision. Supervision shall be provided either by a) an IMFT-S, or b) an AAMFT Approved Supervisor who is also licensed as an Ohio IMFT, LPCC-S, psychologist or psychiatrist, or c) an AAMT Supervisor Candidate who is also licensed as an Ohio IMFT, LPCC-S, psychologist or psychiatrist. Up to fifty of the required two hundred supervision hours may be earned under the supervision of an Ohio licensed LISW-S or LPCC-S.  Requests for exceptions due to hardship shall be made in writing to the board.

  1. Application. Once supervision forms are submitted, complete the IMFT application on the eLicense website and pay the $100 application fee (plus a $3.50 processing fee). You will need to register and create a User ID and password to access the e-License system if you haven’t already done so.  Once you’ve registered, complete the application for Independent Marriage and Family Therapist
  2. Exam. Prior to 2016, some MFT applicants were licensed with an exam score 5% below the passing score set by AMFTRB.  If you are one of those applicants, and you need to take the exam again to achieve a passing score for your IMFT, you will receive an exam pre-approval email after you apply, approving you to take the exam and giving instructions.  Otherwise, if you’ve already tested and received a Pass score on the AMFTRB exam, that exam score should already be on file with the Board, and another exam score will not be needed.
  3. View the Board's online Laws and Rules video. This is a review of the Board’s rules and ethics requirements, and will help you understand your responsibilities as a licensee.
  4. Official transcripts. If the Board does not already have your official transcripts on file, submit a copy of your OFFICIAL transcripts, showing your degree conferred, directly to the board. Your official electronic transcript can be emailed to mft@cswb.ohio.gov (preferred method of delivery), or a paper copy mailed to the address below.
  5. Complete the BCI and FBI background check. Background checks are valid for one year once completed.

Documents required for completing your IMFT licensure file:

After You Have Submitted Your Application

  1. Be sure to submit any required documents. 
  2. Complete the background checks.
  3. Track the status of your application by clicking on Review Status under Options on your license application tile in eLicense. The review checklist indicates whether the Board has received your background checks, submissions such as your transcript or hours of supervision, and your exam score. 

Once you are licensed, you will receive an email from the board indicating that you may now call yourself an IMFT. A wall certificate will be attached to this email, which you may print and display in your workplace.