LMFT Licensure by Endorsement is always considered on a case by case basis. As long as the licensing requirements in your state, at the time you first applied for licensure, are substantially equivalent to WV's current requirements then you should have no problem in gaining WV LMFT licensure. We suggest interested applicants review Series 8, LMFT Licensing Rule (Board Rules tab, then Click LMFT Rules), as it outlines the current education, exam, supervision and application requirements.
Additionally, effective August 15, 2016, the licensing rule includes a provision for the applicant that has actively practiced marriage and family therapy as a licensed marriage and family therapist by maintaining an ongoing caseload for at least five of the last seven years in another jurisdiction, immediately preceding application. The cited portion of Series 8, LPC Licensing Rule is provided below for your review:
5.3. The Board may waive the requirements as listed in 5.2.a.2. and 5.2.a.4. should the endorsement applicant have actively practiced marriage and family therapy as a licensed marriage and family therapist by maintaining an ongoing caseload for at least five of the last seven years in another jurisdiction, immediately preceding application.
5.3.a. Applicants seeking a waiver shall provide the following:
5.3.a.1. Proof of having passed the Examination in Marital and Family Therapy or other certification examination in marriage and family therapy approved by the board.
5.3.a.2.Proof of good standing in all jurisdictions wherein licensed, current or otherwise, with proof of no discipline in any of these jurisdictions for an act that would have constituted groundsfor refusal, suspension,or revocation of a license to practice marriage and family therapy in the state of West Virginia at the time the act was committed.
5.3.a.3. Verification of licensure standing from all jurisdictions where currently licensed.
When you are ready to apply, please forward a *$30 check or money order to:
Request for Application: LMFT Licensure by Endorsement
815 Quarrier St., Suite 212
Charleston, WV 25301
Please include a note indicating that you are requesting the LMFT Endorsement Application Packet along with your home mail address, email address, and contact phone number.
*You also have the option to pay the fee at the Credit Card Payment Tab. Please print and include the receipt with your request to the board. Please follow the instructions provided at the Credit Card payment tab, which includes forwarding your receipt of payment to Amber Shawver at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once your request and fee is received, you will be mailed the LMFT Endorsement Application CD within 5-7 business days. The CD includes all the materials you need to apply for licensure. The first item you will want to print is the Instruction/Checklist sheet. You are asked to use this as your guide as you complete and compile your materials. Thank you.
If you have any additional questions, please email the board at email@example.com