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Criteria for Qualifying Continuing Education Activities
Retroactive Application for MFT Credit

for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists
in Massachusetts


To qualify for retroactive credit, the activity must be structured as a planned training event.




This means it must have:

* an instructor identified who is qualified to teach the subject matter (see details below),

* it must have a syllabus and learning goals prepared prior to the start of the activity, and

* it must have a bibliography associated with it.

The sponsor/provider of the activity must:

* require that you complete an evaluation of the activity,

* provide you with a document that verifies your satisfactory completion of the activity,

* and the sponsor must maintain registration records, that will include your name, license number, date of completion and CE hours earned.


The content of the training must fall within one of the areas identified as the scope of practice for Massachusetts MFT's, and approved by MAMFT. See details of content criteria below.


1. Content Criteria | 2. Instructor Criteria










Content Criteria:
Three broad categories of content can be certified.


1. Professional Practice Activities

These activities enhance clinicians' ability to understand and function within the legal, economic and regulatory environments.

Some of the possible topics are:


• Practice Development                                                 • Mental Health and Domestic Law, including legislative issues

• Therapist "Burn-Out"                                                  • Expert Witness Testimony

• Managed Care                                                            • Risk Management

• Financial Management                                                • Ethics for clinicians


2. Marriage & Family Therapy Activities

Clinical, theoretical, research, and all other activities will be eligible for certification if they expressly address at least one of the following: (for the purposes of this section, you may assume a very broad definition of "couple" and "family" to include diverse relationships).

a. Methods: clinical or research methods which can be used with couples and families.

b. Theory: ideas about how couples and families function.

c. Research Methods or Results: focusing on families and/or practice of MFT.

d. Training and Supervision: learning to teach or supervise other MFT's (on-going clinical supervision is excluded.)


3. Other Relevant Clinical Activities

The following specific content areas and clinical methods have been identified as also being directly relevant to the practice of Marriage & Family Therapy. CE activities addressing these issues will be eligible for MFT certification, whether or not they prominently address MFT. 


Gay and lesbian issues

Adult children of abusive families

Gender identity


Gender ( including men's and women's issues)

Brief Therapy

Home-Based clinical services

Child abuse and neglect

Identifying dangerousness



Crisis Intervention

Post-modern, Narrative & Conversational clinical models

Divorce, custody and mediation

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Domestic violence


Eating disorders

Sexual abuse and recovery

Ethnicity & multi-cultural clinical issues

Sexuality and sexual dysfunction

Family Law

Sex Therapy

Family Medicine

Substance abuse and recover


Solution-Focused Therapy

Foster Care

Supervision of clinical practice

Genetics and Family Therapy


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Instructor Qualifications:

To be eligible for MFT CE certification, at least one of the instructors or presenters present at each meeting of the activity must meet at least one of the following criteria:

1. Licensed MFT (any state or Canadian province)

2. Clinical Member, or Approved Supervisor or Supervisor-in-Training, AAMFT.

3. Other licensed mental health professional with 2 or more years experience doing MFT.

4. Staff member of an agency providing MFT services, 2 years or more MFT experience.

5. Faculty member of an educational institution teaching MFT.

6. Other qualified professional with experience relevant to this particular activity.

7. Non-professional with relevant experience (enclose explanation).




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