By Casey Meinster
The long road to MFT licensure can sometimes seem like it will never end. Getting through graduate school, finding and acculturating to a practicum site, getting an internship (hopefully paid), and completing 3,000 hours of clinical work all lead up to the grueling licensure exams. With all that, it is no wonder the recent exam changes have created anxiety and frustration.
I invite you to take a deep breath and remember why you are doing all of this. Thinking back to the moment you decided to go to graduate school in the first place, and why you chose Marriage and Family Therapy as the degree, will likely bring up thoughts and feelings you had about wanting to help others and your community.
The children, families, couples, and individuals we see are coming to us because we are the professionals with the education and expertise to help them get through difficulties and challenges of their experience. They come to us trusting we have the skills and knowledge that will help them feel better, become more authentically themselves, and have quality relationships with their loved ones.
Consider reframing how you think about studying for the exams. Reviewing the study materials is an opportunity to refresh your knowledge on the foundational principles that will ultimately help you to best serve those who come to you for help. Also, remember that you are not in this alone and should reach out to the MFT community for support.