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Marriage & Family Therapists

- New Information (Proposed Regulations, news releases, laws, processes and procedures)
- Advisory Committee Members
- General Information
- Basic License Requirements
- Clinical Supervision
- Forms
- How to Apply
- Renewal Information
- Fees
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Statutes and Regulations Covering Marriage and Family Therapy in Kansas
- Unprofessional Conduct Regulation

New Information

Proposed Regulation

Out-Of-State Temporary Permit

This permit should be used by Out-Of-State Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapists who wish to provide services in the State of Kansas or for the residents of Kansas, for a limited amount of time. This permit is found in Forms.

AG Opinions

- View the AG Opinions

- AG Opinion regarding the Definition of Qualified Mental Health Professional - (pdf)

- BSRB Official Statement Related to Clinical Licensure - (pdf)

Information regarding changes in Licensure for Marriage & Family Therapist
Legislation passed during the 1999 session created a new level of independent licensure for Marriage & Family therapists in the State of Kansas.  This is to notify     you of the options open to those whe were fully licensed as a LMFT before July 1, 2000.  The options are:

1.    Transistion to Licensed Clinical Marriage & Family Therapist
If fully licensed as a LMFT before 7/1/00 you have the opportunity to transition your license to the new Clinical Marriage & Family Therapist  level.  This is NOT "grandparenting" process, all applicants will need to meet the qualifications for LCMFT.  Those qualifications are as follows:

- Licensed or Registered in Kansas before 7/1/00, and
- Actively  engaged in practice as a LMFT within in the past 5 years, and
- License or Registration not suspended or revoked, and
- Competent to diagnosis and treat mental disorders as documented by 2 of the following:

- 9 transcripted graduate credit hours in diagnosis and treatment or passing the national, clinical examination
- 3 years of clinical experience in a community mental health center, state hospital, or other settings with experience in diagnosis and treatment.
- Attestation from one professional, licensed to diagnosis and treat mental disorders in independent practice or licensed to practice medicine and surgery, that the applicant is competent to diagnosis and treat mental disorders.

If you wish to receive an application to transition to the clinical license, please complete the transition application which is available on our website see "Forms" on the topics listed under Marriage & Family Therapist..

2.    Maintain your current license as a LMFT
Licensed marriage & family therapist who were licensed prior to 7/1/00, may elect to maintain their current level of licensure.  After January 1, 2002, those who are licensed as a MFT may only practice under the direction of a LCMFT, licensed psychologist, person licensed to practice medicine and surgery or person licensed to provide mental health services as an independent practitioner and whose licensure allows for the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.

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Advisory Committee Members

- View the Advisory Committee Memebers

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General information

- View the number of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in Kansas and Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapists,
License Statistics by County,
List of active LMFT licensees business address only,
List of active LCMFT licensees business address only

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Basic Licensure requirements for the Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

- Be over 21 years of age

- Masters or Doctorate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy OR a related field which contained coursework considered to be equivalent to the Marriage and Family therapy program

- Merits public trust as demonstrated by professional references and attestations

- Passed a nationally standardized exam at the basic level

- Must have an application on file with the BSRB twelve weeks prior to each testing period 

The examination testing dates are listed below:

PES Examination Dates

2013 Test Dates

January 14, 2013 - February 9, 2013
May 20, 2013 - June 15, 2013
August 12, 2013 - September 7, 2013
October 21, 2013 - November 23, 2013

2014 Test Dates

January 13, 2014 - February 8, 2014
May 19, 2014 - June 14, 2014
August 11, 2014 - September 6, 2014
October 20, 2014 - November 15, 2014

 

Basic Licensing requirements for Licensed Clinical Marriage & Family Therapist

- Licensed as an LMFT or meet same qualifications

- 4000 hours of supervised clinical experience under an approved clinical training plan

- Pass the nationally standardized exam at the clinical level

- Must have an application on file with the BSRB twelve weeks prior to each testing period

The examination testing dates are listed below:

PES Examination Dates

2013 Test Dates

January 14, 2013 - February 9, 2013
May 20, 2013 - June 15, 2013
August 12, 2013 - September 7, 2013
October 21, 2013 - November 23, 2013

2014 Test Dates

January 13, 2014 - February 8, 2014
May 19, 2014 - June 14, 2014
August 11, 2014 - September 6, 2014
October 20, 2014 - November 15, 2014

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Education for Clinical Supervision

- 102-5-7a - (pdf)

ATTENTION SUPERVISORS
The following practice exam has been provided by the Board as an aid to help you enhance your supervisory skills. We encourage you to take the time to complete the exam and use the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the current statutes and regulations for your profession. The answer key is provided.

- Important Information for Supervisors - (pdf)

- LMFT Supervisory exam - (pdf)

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Forms

- Download Forms

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How to apply

Application packets can be downloaded by going to "Forms" under the topics list under Marriage and Family Therapists.

You may request the packets through the Board Office in writing.
Please be specific which packet you are requesting in your letter.

Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board
700 SW Harrison St, Ste 420
Topeka, KS 66603-3929
phone: 785-296-3240
fax: 785-296-3112

Renewal information

- Renew On-Line

If you renew online you will be required to pay your renewal fee by credit card or ACH payment. Any online renewal technical difficulties please contact Kansas.gov at 1-800-452-6727.

Licenses are issued for a 2-year period, and expire on the last day of the month.  Renewals notices are sent to the last known address we have in the licensure database, and are sent approximately 90 days prior to expiration of the license. Renewals will not be processed prior to 90 days of the license expiration date.  The notices are a courtesy sent to licensees, but the responsibility to renew a license on time, remains with the licensee. All renewals require 40 hours of continuing education, inclusive of 3 hours of ethics and 6 hours of diagnosis and treatment, earned in the 2 years preceding renewal expiration date.   

 

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Fees

LMFT, LCMFT Application fee - $100  

Examination - $225 (both levels)  Administration fee of $75 to testing center

LMFT temporary license - $150 (1-yr)

Original license - $150 (both levels)

Renewal:

LMFT - $150 

LCMFT - $175

Reinstatement:

LMFT- $150 plus late renewal penalty fee*

LCMFT Reinstatement - $175 plus late renewal penalty fee*

Duplicate License - $20

Billfold card replacement - $2

Verification of licensure/registration fee is $5 per credential

Duplication - set up fee $5.00 plus $.25 per page.

*Marriage and family therapists are assessed a late renewal penalty fee of $5 for each full 30-day period of delay beyond the expiration date and for each portion of such a 30-day period. The maximum late fee shall be $150 for LMFT and $175 for LCMFT.

Late renewal fees are assessed pursuant to the statutory language of each credentialed profession. Social worker, psychologist, professional counselors, master’s level psychologist, and alcohol other drug abuse counselors are assessed a late renewal penalty fee equal to the renewal fee.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Links to Statutes and Regulations covering Marriage & Family Therapists in Kansas

You may request a paper copy of the Statutes, Rules and Regulations from the Board office 785-296-3240 for a $5.00 fee.

- Downloadable Statutes & Regulations Book

- Statutes regarding Confidentiality - (pdf)

Statutes
65-6401 Citation of act 65-6407 Licensure; expiration and renewal; continuing education; reinstatement of suspended or revoked license
65-6402 Definitions 65-6408 Refusal to grant, suspension, condition, limitation, qualification, restriction or revocation of license; grounds
65-6403 Prohibited acts and representations; misdemeanor 65-6409  Construction of act
65-6404 Application for licensure; requirements; fees; practice of licensed clinical marriage and family therapist 65-6410 Limitations on disclosure of information
65-6405  Temporary License 65-6411 Fees
65-6405a Out of state temporary permit 65-6412 Administrative proceedings; judicial review
65-6406 Licensure of individual registered, certified or licensed in another jurisdiction; when authorized; application fee 65-6413 Disclosure
 
Regulations
102-5-1 Definitions 102-5-7a Professional postgraduate supervised experience requirement for a clinical marriage and family therapist
102-5-2 Fees 102-5-8 Return of license
102-5-3 Education requirements 102-5-9 Renewal and reinstatement
102-5-4 Revoked 102-5-9a Renewal Audit
102-5-4a Applications for licensure 102-5-10 Continuing education for licensees
102-5-4b Application for licensure based on reciprocity 102-5-11 Documentation for continuing education
102-5-5 Examination for marriage and family therapist or clinical marriage and family therapist 102-5-12 Unprofessional conduct
102-5-6 Revoked 102-5-13 Licensee consult with physician when determining symptoms of mental disorders
102-5-6a Licensure without examination 102-5-14 Designation of referral source for use in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders
102-5-7 Revoked 102-5-15 Services rendered to individuals located in this state
    102-5-16 Unprofessional conduct regarding recordkeeping
 

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