Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists Rules-Regulations

Please know that neither the executive director nor staff may interpret statute or rules or assist an applicant or a licensee with an ethical dilemma — seek professional legal counsel or other professional consultation for these types of inquiries. Staff may not speak for the board nor predict how the board may act in any particular case, as per Title 22 of the Texas Administrative Code, 

§801.11 The Board (i) The board shall not be bound in any way by any statement or action on the part of any board member, subcommittee member, or staff member, except when a statement or action is in pursuance of the specific instruction of the board. Board member or staff member opinions, except when a statement or action is in pursuance of the specific instructions of the board, about ethical dilemmas or practice issues should never be substituted for appropriate professional consultation or legal advice.



View the current MFT Rules on the State of Texas website (Effective March 26, 2017)



NEW RULES – EFFECTIVE MARCH 26, 2017


The board’s current rules are always available and up-to-date on the Texas Secretary of State’s website for the Texas Administrative Code at http://www.sos.state.tx.us/tac/index.shtml. The board’s rules are located in Title 22 of the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 801. 

As a courtesy to the public, department staff creates a reformatted version of the rules, available as a portable document format (PDF) file via the links below, and may be more easily searched than the rules available on the Texas Secretary of State’s website. Whenever a conflict exists between the staff’s reformatted version of the rules and those on the Texas Secretary of State’s website, the version on the Texas Secretary of State’s website is the correct version.

Current Rules, effective March 26, 2017:

The current rules were published in the Texas Register on March 17, 2017 and became effective March 26, 2017.



Older Versions of the Rules


Download a copy of the rules, effective April 16, 2015:

Download a copy of the rules, effective November 23, 2014:

Download a copy of the rules, effective March 31, 2013:

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Last updated October 18, 2018