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Scope of Practice
  • Provisional Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist— any person by title or description of services incorporating the words "provisional licensed marriage and family therapist" and who, under board-approved supervision (i.e. may not practice independently), renders marriage and family therapy denoting a client-therapist relationship in which the licensee assumes the responsibility for knowledge, skill, and ethical consideration needed to assist individuals, groups, organizations, or the general public, and who implies that he/she is provisionally licensed to practice marriage and family therapy. 
  • Marriage and Family Therapy is the professional application of psychotherapeutic and family systems theories and techniques in the prevention, diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders in an individual and relational disorders in couples and families 
  • Active Supervision is the process by which a supervisee receives one hour of face-to-face supervision with his/her board-approved supervisor for every 20 hours of direct client contact or at least once every three-month period. 
Renewal Information
  • A Provisional Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist shall renew his/her provisional license every two years in the month of October. In order to process your renewal, the Board Office must be in receipt of the following materials by October 31st: 
    • Online PLMFT Renewal Application (accessible through licensee dashboard)
    • Renewal Fee ($85) 
    • Exam Scores sent directly from testing agency: Take the National Marriage and Family Therapist Examination (NMFTE) and request the submission of a score report to the Board by the testing agency until a passing score is achieved. If a passing score is not achieved, the NMFTE must be taken at least once per renewal period.
    • Documentation of Continuing Education Hours (See Chapter 33, Section 3315 of the Board Rules for Continuing Education Requirements) 
    • Statement of Practices and Procedures 
    • Should a provisional licensee renew after the October 31st deadline, his/her PLMFT license will be lapsed; to renew a lapsed PLMFT liense, a $60 Late Renewal Fee is assessed and a fingerprint Criminal Records Check and signed Privacy Statement Acknowledgement must be submitted in addition to providing the above materials. All renewals submitted past the deadline (lapsed renewals) are audited by Board Staff and must abe approved prior to the provisional license being reinstated. Provisional licensees may lapse for a period of 90 days and have until January 31st to remit all renewal materials to the Board. If all late renewal materials are not received by the Board by January 31st, then the Provisional License will expire and the individual must re-apply for Provisional Licensure entirely. 
Additional Information for the Public 
  • PLMFTs (Provisional Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists) are individuals who are provisionally licensed to provide Marriage and Family Therapy Services to the public under the active supervision of a Board-Approved Supervisor while working toward independent licensure. PLMFTs must accrue a minimum of 3,200 hours of supervised experience in a minimum timeframe of two years before they may be considered for LPC licensure. PLMFTs may not practice independently  or receive direct payment for services rendered. 
Additional Information for the Licensee
  • Please keep in mind that it takes about 4-6 weeks for the Testing Corporation to process and send out Official Score Reports after taking the National MFT Exam. Please plan accordingly.
  • It is the responsibility of the PLMFT and their supervisor to keep a detailed log of their supervised experience hours. 
  • Remember that Provisional Licensees must remain under the active supervision of a Board-Approved Supervisor or cease providing Marriage & Family Therapy Services until he/she is independently licensed.  
  • The LPC Board does not administer or regulate national licensure examinations. For information about scheduling, studying, accommodations, and other testing concerns, please reach out to the AMFTRB at (212)-356-0660 or at https://secure.ptcny.com/apply.