In order to work independently as a counselor with couples or families, counselors usually need to get credentialed. Most often these credentials exist as a means to protect the public and regulate the practice of counseling. Licensure is a legal credential regulated by each state. Certification awarded by a professional organization has no bearing on the legality of practice and is most often used as a marketing tool to communicate specialized training in certain areas, though some states use evidence of certification to verify requirements indicated in their laws. In this entry, licensure and certification will be discussed, emphasizing aspects important for the practice of marriage, family, and couples counseling.


The requirements clinicians need to meet to be licensed or certified are dictated by the ...

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