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Arizona Family Therapy Licenses

Becoming a family therapist is a noble choice in career. This choice is one that allows you to reach out to people in need and help them. However, you will need to educate yourself on the requirements for getting into this field. Aside from the education that you know you will need, there are other requirements that you will have to face before you can become work in the family therapy field.

After you complete the required education, which in the state of Arizona is at least a master’s degree, you will also need to make sure that you have met the hourly requirements. In Arizona the required hours to be able to apply for your license are three hundred, at minimum, these hours must be completed under supervision, for example with an internship.

There are also requirements when it comes to testing. You will be required to take an examination that is created and approved by a state committee; you must pass this exam before you are able to move on to the licensure step. Once you reach the licensure step you are required to complete 3200 hours of supervised work, 200 being clinical supervision, you will also be required to have at least 1600 of those hours be in direct client contact. Out of that, 1600 you can divide it between 1000 hours spent with couples and families on the individual level, and 600 with either individual or group sessions. These hours must be completed within a two-year period. Therefore, if you happened to have make steps towards this career goal earlier in your life and you are trying to return to it you are still going to need the same amount of work experience hours that a new student would.
There are many things you’ll need to know to prepare for the application, these are just a few examples of the requirements for the state of Arizona, and this does not cover the entirety of the licensing procedure. You should always make sure that you are doing the research that you need to understand licensing within the state you plan to work.

If you are still in school you can often turn to the support systems the school offers to help you become more fully prepared for the issues you will face after graduation, such as finishing the requirements for your license. When a private practice or other positions are looking for interns, they often turn to the schools and provide information for students. Something to keep in mind is these internships are just as important as applying for a job, you will want to make sure your application is pristine, as often there are only so many slots available.

The Arizona application will also want to see your records when you are filling out the application; they require that you list professional studies, like family law, or a similar course, as well as your research. You may also be required not only to list the courses you have taken, and where, but to provide proof that you did so.