Program Overview

Certificate of Leadership

Open to AAMFT members only. 

AAMFT is excited to announce the 2024 cohort of the Certificate of Leadership, an innovative program meticulously crafted to empower Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) at all professional stages. This program is a beacon for those aspiring to elevate their career trajectories and contribute to the flourishing field of marriage and family therapy.

Embark on a transformative journey, a first for MFTs, that intertwines rigorous training, educational enrichment, mentorship, and introspective exploration to offer an unparalleled leadership development experience. The curriculum is strategically designed to fortify both theoretical knowledge and practical leadership proficiencies.

The Certificate of Leadership encapsulates a comprehensive continuing education package, featuring interactive sessions at the Leadership Symposium (March 13 – 16, in Phoenix, AZ), a curated selection of on-demand courses, and an exclusive virtual Certificate of Leadership Day (July 2024).

This trailblazing program is tailored for:

  • MFTs aspiring to ascend to leadership roles within their professional spheres, communities, or within AAMFT.
  • MFTs keen on pivotal positions in advocacy or policy development.
  • Emerging MFTs seeking to construct a robust foundation in leadership to navigate and shape their career paths.

Program Highlights

  • Immersive In-Person Training: Delve into intensive sessions during the Leadership Symposium, immersing yourself in key areas of leadership development—bridging the gap between theory and practical application (March 13 – 16).
  • Interactive Virtual Training: Participate in a dynamic virtual event focused on refining leadership skills, providing insights, and fostering connections within the MFT community (July 2024).
  • Leadership Learning Labs: Engage in interactive discussions with industry leaders and fellow cohorts, creating a virtual space for collaborative learning and exchange of insights (three of the four learning labs need to be completed).
  • Customizable Online Training: Tailor your experience with additional courses available on-demand, providing flexibility to enhance your skills based on individual needs (six out of eight courses need to be completed).
  • Personalized DiSC Inventory: Receive an assessment to identify your leadership style, communication strengths, and opportunities for growth (summer 2024).
  • Mentorship Opportunities: Connect with a seasoned leader in the MFT field for personalized advisement and mentoring, offering guidance as you navigate your leadership journey.
  • Community Engagement Program: A hands-on, experiential learning opportunity designed to allow participants to apply leadership principles in a real-world context.

The Certificate of Leadership is more than a program; it is a catalyst for transformation, equipping MFTs with the acumen to lead with vision and impact. Join us in this groundbreaking initiative and step into the forefront of leadership within the marriage and family therapy profession. Don't miss your chance to elevate your leadership potential—apply now for the Certificate of Leadership and shape the future of Marriage and Family Therapy! For additional information on the CoL program, please click here.

Testimonials from past participants: 

"This experience led me to make several very deep connections to other leaders within this program I know will have a huge impact on this field. I am fortunate I got to meet them, work with them, and form truly wonderful friendships which would not have been possible had I not participated in this Leadership Program," Amanda Anderson, Certificate of Leadership graduate


Is this program right for you? How much time should you plan for participation? These questions and more are discussed in the Frequently Asked Questions.

Continuing Education

Leadership Symposium: 11.5 hours

Certificate of Leadership Day: 3 hours

Online training: 6 hours

Leadership Learning Labs: 3 hours

Total CEs: 23.5 hours

*All hours must be completed. Additional hours may be added. 


$700 - This cost includes registration for the Leadership Symposium (Community Outreach, Thursday night networking happy hour, breakfast and lunch provided on both Friday and Saturday). 


AAMFT is committed to fostering diverse leadership within the field, and we are pleased to offer up to five (5) scholarships, based on merit, for deserving participants in the 2024 Certificate of Leadership program. These scholarships cover the full cost of tuition, ensuring that individuals with high leadership potential in the marriage and family therapy profession can benefit from this transformative program.

To Apply 

To be considered for this scholarship opportunity, please submit the following document here:

  • Two letters of reference addressing your potential as a leader (from a mentor, supervisor, employer, or professional acquaintance). 
  • Statement of Personal Interest in participating in the Certificate of Leadership Program including your reflections on: (no more than one (1) page): 
    • What are your professional and personal strengths? 
    • Where do you see yourself professionally in five years? 
    • Give us examples of your personal or professional leadership across your lifespan. 
    • This year’s scholarships are being offered with preference to those with financial need. Please provide relevant information you would like to share with the reviewers.
    • What other information do you wish to share that will aid in the decision-making? 

    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 of Leadership training.

    Due to the nature of the training related to the AAMFT Certificate of 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 between 29 days and 10 days before the start of the Leadership Symposium, will be eligible for a 25% refund. Cancellations made less than 10 days prior to the Leadership Symposium will not be eligible for a refund.

    All cancellation requests must be made in writing and can be sent to