Program Overview

Open to AAMFT members only. 

AAMFT is pleased to launch the 2020-2021 cohort for the Certificate of 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 approximately 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 focuses on key areas of leadership development both in the concept and the practical application of skills. The Certificate of Leadership includes 25 hours of continuing education comprised of live events at the Leadership Symposium, online, and the Certificate of Leadership 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: 13.5 hours

Certificate of Leadership Day at Annual Conference: 7 hours

Online Teneo training: 6 hours

*All 25 hours must be completed


$550 by January 10 / $575 after January 10 - 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 of Leadership Leadership cohort. This information will be given to the cohort when annual conference registration opens in Spring 2020. 


Up the 5 scholarship opportunities are available for the 2020-2021 cohort. View the Scholarship Application for the AAMFT Certificate of Leadership for instructions and qualifications. Applications must be received by December 20, 2019. Scholarship recipients must attend the 2020 Leadership Symposium in Pheonix, Arizona and the 2020 Certificate of Leadership Leadership Training Day at the annual conference in Orlando, Florida on Thursday, November 12, 2020 in order to receive the credential. Questions regarding the scholarship should be sent to

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 of Leadership Leadership training.

Due to the nature of the training related to the AAMFT Certificate of Leadership 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