Accreditation

Accreditation

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Our Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) accredited program is dedicated to strength-based , systemic, trauma informed care, social justice, and the formation of resilient clinicians. 

One of the many benefits of attending a COAMFTE accredited program is that it simplifies the post-graduation licensure application in many states.  In Washington State, graduates of COAMFTE accredited programs meet the education requirements for LMFT licensure and can count up to 500 hours of direct client contact earned from the program towards the 3,000 hours requirement to become fully licensed. Washington State law requires that people practice therapy under appropriate supervision as part of their post-master’s training requirements in preparation for full licensure (LMFT, view here).One hundred supervision hours earned from the program may also count towards the 200 supervision hour requirement for licensure. After graduating, students are prepared to begin clinical practice as Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associates (LMFTA) while working toward the full LMFT license. 

In addition to the 3,000-hour supervised clinical experience, LMFTAs must pass the Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Regulatory Board (AMFTRB) Exam. Students in the program take the AMFTRB practice exam as part of course requirements. Of the graduates who have taken the exam, 100% have passed. 

Requirements to achieve full licensure typically take two to four years to complete. Licensure laws vary by state. Please check the state in which you plan to be licensed to see if our educational requirements are a match. Comparison chart for state licensure available here. University of Michigan’s resource offers additional insight for state-by-state license requirements for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (and other licenses in the behavioral health workforce). 

The Couples and Family Therapy Program at Seattle University’s College of Arts and Sciences is accredited by COAMFTE, 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, (703) 838-9808, coa@aamft.org.