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AAMFT-Approved Supervision

The American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT) Approved Supervisors are often asked to supervise individuals who are seeking licensure as a Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT). AAMFT-Approved Supervisors and supervisor candidates are ideal for the supervision of trainees who are seeking AAMFT Clinical Membership and MFT licensure. Completing your supervision with an AAMFT-Approved Supervisor ensures you are gaining the support and guidance that will best ensure your success in the field of marriage and family counseling.

An AAMFT Approved Supervisor is an MFT who has completed the education, experience, and supervision mentoring requirements established by the AAMFT. The Approved Supervisor designation identifies for the MFT community those professionals who have met the high level of AAMFT training and requirements to provide MFT supervision.

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What to expect from AAMFT-Approved Supervision

According to, Supervision of marital and family therapy is expected to have the following characteristics:

  • Face-to-face conversation between the MFT/MFT trainee and the supervisor, usually in periods of approximately one hour each.
  • The learning process should be sustained and intense.
  • Appointments are customarily scheduled once a week, three times weekly is ordinarily the maximum and once every other week the minimum.
  • Supervision focuses on raw data from a MFT’s/trainee’s continuing clinical practice, which is available to the supervisor through a combination of direct live observation, co-therapy, written clinical notes, audio and video recordings, and live supervision.
  • It is a process clearly distinguishable from personal psychotherapy and is contracted in order to serve professional goals.
  • It is normally completed over a period of one to three years.

The Colorado State Board of Marriage and Family Therapist Examiners regulates Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in the State of Colorado. At Journey Inward Counseling, Sarah Carlson LMFT is proud to have held the designation as an AAMFT-Approved Supervisor since 2013, and is currently accepting new MFT candidates for both group and individual supervision.