Certificate of Leadership

Open to AAMFT members only. 

AAMFT is pleased to launch the 2019-2020 cohort for the Certificate in Leadership. The Certificate of Leadership is the flagship program of the Leadership Network. This unique program has been developed to provide MFTs of all levels with the skills to enable them to help advance both their own careers and our vibrant and expanding profession. 

Designed to be completed over 18-months, this program is the first of its kind for MFTs. Built around a unique mix of training, education, mentoring, and self-discovery that delivers the most comprehensive experience available. The training will focus on key areas of leadership development both in the concept and the practical application of skills. The Certificate in Leadership includes 25 hours of continuing education comprised of live events at the Leadership Symposium and the Certificate in Leadership Day (held on-site at the AAMFT Annual Conference). New cohorts for the Certificate of Leadership program are opened each year in conjunction with the Leadership Symposium. 

This credential is ideal for:

  • MFTs interested in leadership positions within their place of work, communities, or within AAMFT.
  • MFTs interested in key roles in advocacy or policy development.
  • Emerging MFTs interested in developing a foundation of leadership skills to guide their careers.

Program Details

  • In-person training at the Leadership Symposium and the Annual Conference Institute - Training will focus on key areas of leadership development both in concept and the practical application of skills
  • Online, on demand training via Teneo - Additional courses to enhance and customize your experience to your needs
  • Personalized DiSC inventory - Personalized assessment to determine leadership and communication strengths and areas for improvement
  • Mentor pairing - Get connected with a leader in the MFT field for advisement and mentoring
  • Leadership portfolio - Development of portfolio to showcase leadership skills and efforts

Testimonials from past participants: 

“I think this training is one of the best. The presenters were just great and the material covered was enriching. I have started to discover myself more.”

Continuing Education

Leadership Symposium: 12 hours

Certificate of Leadership Day at Annual Conference: 7 hours

Online Teneo training: 6 hours

*All 25 hours must be completed


$550 by January 9 / $575 after January 9 - This cost includes Leadership Symposium and Annual Conference Certificate of Leadership Day (Thursday) registration. Full Annual Conference registration can be added for an additional $200, an exclusive offer for those in the Certificate in Leadership cohort. This information will be given to the cohort when annual conference registration opens in Spring 2019. 


Up the 5 scholarship opportunities are available for the 2019 cohort. View the Scholarship Application for the AAMFT Certificate in Leadership for instructions and qualifications. Applications must be received by December 19, 2018. Scholarship recipients must attend the Certificate in Leadership Day at the annual conference in Austin, TX on August 29, 2019 in order to receive the credential. Questions regarding the scholarship should be sent to central@aamft.org.

Technical Requirements for Online Portion

To access the Teneo video courses, you will need to use either Google Chrome or Apple Safari as your internet browser. Click here to download Google Chrome or download Apple Safari

Cancellation Policy

In the case of circumstances beyond its control, AAMFT reserves the right to make necessary changes in presenters and content of all AAMFT Certificate in Leadership training.

Due to the nature of the training related to the AAMFT Certificate in Leadership, cancellations and any subsequent request for refund must be made 30 days prior to the start of the Leadership Symposium for a full refund. Cancellations made up to 30 days before the Conference Institute (held in conjunction with the AAMFT Annual Conference), will be eligible for a 25% refund. Cancellation made less than 30 days prior to the Conference Institute will not be eligible for a refund.

All cancellation requests must be made in writing, and can be sent to central@aamft.org.


Certificate in Leadership FAQs

The Certificate of Leadership program is a program that provides a multitude of ways for a participant to do self-investigation and discovery about their leadership style and development. The program then provides a flexible format for the application of this discovery and charting of the leadership path moving forward. To offer more perspective on the program, we consulted with past participants to develop these FAQs. Have questions you don’t see on here? Contact AAMFT’s Program Manager, Monique Thomason at mthomason@aamft.org for more information!

How do I know if this program is right for me? Am I the right person for this program?

Anyone interested in leadership but isn't quite sure how to make those first steps, or feels stuck where they are at and looking to get unstuck, is perfect for this program. Graduate students just coming into the field, to seasoned clinicians or academics who have been doing this work for decades, all have valuable lessons to learn. Leadership is a life-long journey and it needs constant nurturing and challenging to continue to evolve and grow.

What if I don’t finish in time?

We recognize that some journeys are longer than others and to be honest, sometimes life gets in the way. We offer one deferment to the immediately cohort following yours if you need some extra time. We can’t guarantee your mentor can continue on with you, but we will make all attempts to pair you with someone else.  

And if you don’t finish at all, well that’s ok too. The program offers over 25 hours of continuing education credit and that’s a lot of takeaways and skills that can be used in your personal and professional development.*


I’m a busy person. I’m afraid this program will be too much for me. What kind of time commitment am I looking at?

As one recent certificate recipient told us, “The leadership certificate is not such a large time commitment that it couldn't be worked into anyone's busy work schedule. Because the final portfolio project is "what you make of it," it's very adaptable to your schedule and ongoing work you may already be engaged in.” 

If leadership development is truly a passion of yours, this program might be just what you need in your busy life. It helps to keep you organized and focused on challenging yourself to grow and strengthen your skills. Many of our successful certificate recipients have submitted portfolios where they indicated this program actually helped them achieve their next career goal or break through where they were stuck by challenging them to face things head on.

How are my mentor and I paired? What is their role in this process?

Cohorts and mentors are both asked to fill out a survey indicating their leadership styles and goals for the program. These are used as a guide to help create pairings.

One of our graduates remarked, “Mentors serve as helpful guide through this process, orienting you to the field as someone who has already been engaged in some type of leadership within the organization. (In my experience) Mentors are intended to scaffold your growth by meeting with you regularly, helping you develop your leadership skills, and offering support as you brainstorm and work on your final portfolio project.”

Where can I see the steps that need to be completed? 

This checklist outlines the deliverables for the program for you. Most of the skills acquisition activities are due in phase one of the program. Phase two is your portfolio development period and is designed by you.

Who can I speak with when I have questions during the program?
The Certificate Program has a dedicated AAMFT staff member to help support you with questions about the program. And your mentor is always a great person to help you navigate. The program also connects you with the other members of your cohort to offer support.


*Deferments are not available for scholarship recipients. Those receiving scholarships should plan to complete the program with their assigned cohort.