What is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist?
A Registered Marriage and Family Therapist is a highly trained therapist who specializes in treating problems in the context of couple or family relationships.
In Canada, clinical members of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), are automatically members of the Registry of Marriage and Family Therapists in Canada Inc. Members of this registry may call themselves a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist and use the initials RMFT after their name.
How is a RMFT educated and trained?
Marriage and family therapy is a distinct professional discipline. Qualified RMFT’s have a Master’s or Doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy or in another mental health discipline with equivalent coursework in marriage and family therapy.
To achieve clinical membership in AAMFT and be a member of the Canadian Registry, therapists must have at least two years professional work experience, after completion of their Master’s or Doctoral degree and at least 1000 hours of direct service, supervised by an AAMFT approved supervisor.
AAMFT clinical members also commit to a rigorous code of ethics. This code has the highest ethical standards in the marriage and family therapy profession.