Education: Graduation from a marriage and family therapy accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) or a qualifying degree in an allied mental health field from a regionally accredited education institution in conjunction with a program of marriage and family therapy study that is equivalent to the COAMFTE standards, as defined by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
Certification: Possess and maintain a current Clinical Membership as a Marriage and Family Therapist from the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
Experience: One year experience after graduation.
Licensure: Possess and maintain a current, valid, unrestricted license or certification to practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
Perform assessment, counseling, psychotherapy, education, and referral services to individuals, couples and families. With the patient, conducts a relevant social, developmental and historical assessment to develop a treatment plan that encompasses relevant information for family education, counseling and referrals. The education services would include workshops on family dynamics and the impact of substance abuse disorders on families.
As a member of the inter-disciplinary treatment team, provide effective interface with team members regarding identification of treatment concerns, appropriate interventions and referrals as related to family dynamics and past/current history of abuse.
Integrate, initiate and effectively introduce patient and family members (as indicated) into an education/counseling process. Individual, couples and family dynamics are identified as related to their treatment process and entry into early recovery, from a systems perspective (except where contraindicated such as psychological stability or history of violence).
Assess for and report spouse, child and elder abuse where indicated by state and federal laws while accessing appropriate services.
Use family program assessments to develop individualized treatment plans for families and make recommendations for services for after care in coordination with the clinical (civilian and military) community and patient family.
Serve as a Licensed Independent Practitioner and engage in the peer review process. Seek consultation for clinical issues outside the scope of practice.