In Georgia, you can pursue two licensure tracks: associate licensure (LAMFT) prior to full licensure, or directly pursuing full licensure (LMFT). All MFT licensure in the state of Georgia is managed through the Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists. You can visit their main website here.
If you are eligible for an associate license, most supervisors and professors typically recommend pursuing associate licensure rather than waiting to apply for full licensure. However, there are some common reasons someone would choose to pursue full licensure without an associate license first:
- You are fully licensed in another state and hope to obtain full licensure in Georgia
- Your academic program did not meet associate licensure requirements and you need to take more classes, obtain additional supervision, training, etc.
- You anticipate taking more than five years to accrue the required hours or if you need to take a significant break between graduation and licensure
To read about licensure requirements for an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in Georgia, please read Board Rule 135-5-.05
To read about licensure requirements for a Marriage and Family Therapist in Georgia, please read Board Rule 135-5-.06