Resources for Students/Associates

Welcome From Your Student/Associate Representative to the Board

Welcome to the Colorado Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. By joining COAMFT you gain access to event discounts, important resources, and information on legislation that will affect you and your colleagues. Most importantly, you gain invaluable connections to other Colorado MFTs and enter our network of support. As students, you are a vital part of our community and represent the future of the profession. So join us! We’re better and stronger together.

Catherine Tenedios Black and White

My best,

Catherine Tenedios, Student at Denver Family Institute


Emerging Professionals Network through AAMFT

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How Do I Decide on an AAMFT Approved Supervisor for My Clinical Hours Toward Licensure?

If it is time for you to find an Approved Supervisor for your clinical hours toward licensure, here are some ideas for what you should consider after you leave your graduate program and are pursuing your license in Colorado.
      1. If you already have your degree and are looking for a supervisor to supervise your hours toward licensure, start by identifying if there is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor where you are getting your hours. For some this is an agency, school, hospital, or other organization. For others this is a private or group practice. Also ask if there are any Supervisor Equivalents who have been approved by DORA in the past. There may be a person in your agency qualified to supervise your hours for your LMFT, but you have to go to the DORA website and find out the credential requirements and then apply for that person to be approved by DORA to supervise your hours.
      2. If there is an Approved Supervisor or Equivalent on site, find out if it is part of your employment contract that you receive approved supervision for your clinical work. Also check to see if the provided supervision is individual, group, or both. Some agencies include this as part of your employment agreement, meaning you do not have to pay for it out of pocket or find your own supervisor outside of the agency. Some agencies that do not provide approved LMFT supervision will consider paying for most or all of your external approved supervision. Check with your organization.
      3. Once you have identified the need to secure your own AAMFT Approved Supervisor for your clinical hours, start by checking our list of Approved Supervisors currently accepting new supervisees . Look for people in your area who have the credentials and experience you are looking for. Some supervisors will do online supervision, so look for those as well if you don’t mind using video chat for supervision.
      4. Contact each Approved Supervisor by email or phone. Request a short phone interview to discuss your need for supervision.
      5. Set up a phone interview to discuss supervision with the potential Approved Supervisor. Evaluate issues such as:
      • What is the supervisor’s philosophy and style of supervision for post-master’s supervisees?
      • Explain your current supervision needs and wants and ask if you sound like the kind of supervisee with whom they would enjoy working.
      • Does the supervisor provide individual and/or group supervision? If group, who is currently in the group and what is the format of group supervision?
      • How will the supervisor handle emergency clinical situations you may encounter?
      • How much does the supervisor charge for individual and group supervision, and in what form do they expect payment?
      • How many years of experience and how many supervisees has the supervisor had?
      • Is the supervisor familiar with the latest state regulations for licensure?
      • What percent of their supervisees have become LMFTs?
      • How do they maintain their supervision credentials and what kind of continuing education have they recently completed in the realm of clinical supervision?
Finally, meet your supervisor and complete a supervision contract in order to ensure both people know the expectations of the relationship.
NOTE: Remember that choosing an Approved Supervisor is a personal and professional decision. If you are not getting what you need from your supervisor, start by expressing your needs overtly in a professional way. If the supervisor is unable to accommodate your needs, talk to your supervisor about the process of searching for a new supervisor and see if your supervisor has any referrals for you.
 
Download a listing of available supervisors
 

How Do I Become a Marriage and Family Therapist?

Marriage and Family Therapy is a distinct professional discipline with graduate and post graduate programs. Three options are available for those interested in becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist: master’s degree (2-3 years), doctoral program (3-5 years), or post-graduate clinical training programs (3-4 years). Historically, Marriage and Family Therapists have come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds including psychology, psychiatry, social work, nursing, pastoral counseling and education. The Federal government has designated Marriage and Family Therapy as a core mental health profession along with psychiatry, psychology, social work and psychiatric nursing. Currently all 50 states support and regulate the profession by licensing Marriage and Family Therapists with the remaining states in the process of obtaining licensure laws. The regulatory requirements in most states are substantially equivalent to the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Clinical Membership standards. After graduation from an accredited program, a period – usually two years – of post-degree supervised clinical experience is necessary before licensure or certification. When the supervision period is completed, the therapist can take a state licensing exam, or the national examination for Marriage and Family Therapists conducted by the AAMFT Regulatory Boards. This exam is used as a licensure requirement in most states.

What Does it Take to Get a License in MFT in Colorado?

We know it can be intimidating to ensure you have all of the requirements for licensure, and to monitor the frequent changes to licensure. We have created a Guide to Licensure for your benefit. Download our guide to Colorado licensure requirements by clicking here. Once you have reviewed the Guide to Licensure, go to The Colorado Division of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) website. This is where you will go to apply to become licensed or to register as a psychotherapist. Click here to access the MFT segment of DORA’s website.

Colorado Accredited Graduate Degree Programs

There are some wonderful training opportunities in Colorado to acquire the education needed to become an MFT. Many aspiring students begin by looking into accredited graduate degree programs. According to AAMFT’s website, “Accreditation is a voluntary process. The purpose of accreditation is to ensure quality in higher education. In the field of Marriage and Family Therapy, the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) reviews and grants accreditation to programs that met or exceeded accreditation standards.” The following three Colorado-based MFT graduate programs have accomplished accreditation status. Explore their websites to see if any of these are the right choice for you.

Colorado State University (MS):

Dr. Toni Zimmerman

Program Director

Address: CD 1570 Fort Collins, CO 80523

Phone: (970) 491-6922

Fax: (970) 491-7975

Email: toni.zimmerman@colostate.edu

Website: http://www.hdfs.chhs.colostate.edu

Program Accredited: Masters

Program Type: Campus-Based

Self-Study Due Date: October 01, 2017

Renewal Date: November 01, 2018

Denver Family Institute (DFI):

Ms. Misti Klarenbeek-McKenna, LCSW, LMFT

Program Director

Address: 7200 East Hampden Ave. Suite 301 Denver, CO 80224

Phone: (303) 503-5295

Email: mistikmckenna@msn.com

Website: http://www.denverfamilyinstitute.org

Program Accredited with Stipulations:

Post-Degree

Program Type: Campus-Based

Self-Study Due Date: October 01, 2018

Renewal Date: November 01, 2019

Regis University (MA):

Dr. Jennifer Cates, PhD, LMFT

Program Director

Phone: (303) 964-6071

Fax: (303) 635-1363

Email: jcates001@regis.edu

Website: http://tinyurl.com/RegisMFT

Program Accredited: Masters

Program Type: Campus-Based

Self-Study Due Date: October 01, 2016

Renewal Date: November 01, 2017

Argosy University (MA & DMFT):

Dr. Krista Speicher, DMFT, LMFT, LSW, CAC III

Program Director

Phone: (303) 923-4110

Fax: (303) 923-4111

Email: kspeicher@argosy.edu

Website: argosy.edu/locations/denver

Programs Accredited: Masters & DMFT

Program Type: Campus-Based

Colorado non-Accredited Graduate Degree Programs

While they have chosen not to achieve accreditation, non-accredited graduate programs in the field of MFT often have most, if not all, of the same qualities of an accredited program. They also usually provide all of the features needed to achieve licensure in Colorado. The following are links to non-accredited Colorado-based MFT graduate programs, listed alphabetically. Colorado School for Family Therapy

University of Colorado – Denver

University of Northern Colorado (Greeley and Lowry campuses)

University of the Rockies

Online Accredited Graduate Degree Programs

While some students will choose a more traditional on campus graduate program in MFT, some may want to explore the option of online graduate training, providing the most flexibility for busy people who want maximum flexibility in how and where they study. The following are online Accredited MFT graduate programs to consider.

Capella University (MS):

Dr. Carol Messmore, Program Director

Address: Capella University Minneapolis, MN 55402

Phone: (888) 227-3552

Fax: (888) 227-8492

Email: carol.messmore@capella.edu

Website: http://www.capella.edu

Program Accredited: Masters

Program Type: Online/Distance-Based

Self-Study Due Date: April 01, 2017

Renewal Date: May 01, 2018

Northcentral University (MA):

Dr. Lisa Kelledy, Program Director

Address: 8667 E. Hartford Drive Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Phone: (928) 771-6871

Fax: (928) 759-6257

Email: lkelledy@ncu.edu

Website: http://www.ncu.edu

Program Accredited: Masters

Program Type: Online/Distance-Based

Self-Study Due Date: October 01, 2016

Renewal Date: November 01, 2017

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