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Become a Site Visitor

Who is a Site Visitor?

  • Volunteers their time on behalf of the Commission on Accreditation
  • Serves as the 'Eyes and Ears' of the Commission
  • Verifies quality in academic programs
  • Contributes to the MFT Profession

Why Become a Site Visitor?

  • Help expand the MFT field
  • Help to ensure quality instruction of Marriage and Family Therapy.

What does it take to become a Site Visitor:

  • Minimum of five (5) years of advanced experience as a licensed MFT practitioner and/or educator/researcher in the field of marriage and family therapy (which includes but is not limited to: experience in a university, clinical, or related setting)
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor and/or State Approved Supervisor
  • Current knowledge of the standards for marriage and family therapy education
  • Successful completion of COAMFTE Site Visitor Training
  • Licensed marriage and family therapist
  • Current knowledge and experience in the profession of marriage and family therapy
  • Participation in a site visit or site visitor refresher training every two (2) years to maintain 'active' status

How to become a Site Visitor?

  • Submit Eligibility Application for Site Visitors
  • Engage in Self-Paced Online Review of Accreditation Materials: become familiar with accreditation process
  • Attend Virtual Training on October 17, 2018, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Eastern Time.
  • Successfully complete Online Assessment with a score of 80%: helps to assess your knowledge of the COAMFTE accreditation process and standards
  • Attend in-person Mock Site Visit on November 16, 7:30 AM-10:30 AM during the AAMFT Annual Conference in Louisville, KY: engage in an experiential exercise with other participants and practice on-site verification and report writing.
  • Complete a Site Visitor Training Survey: complete a short survey of your experience and provide feedback on the training.

Active Site Visitors

Programs are required to complete and submit the Conflict of Interest Form with their self-study materials. Full disclosure of all potential and actual Conflicts of Interests with any of the active site visitor listed below must be noted on the Conflict of Interest Form. Please note that the completion of the Conflict of Interest Form does not guarantee a site visit. Site visits are scheduled based on the review of the program’s self-study materials by Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Darren Adamson, PhD, LMF Jennifer Hodgson, PhD, LMFT  Jana Sutton, PhD, LMFT
Shayne Anderson, PhD, LMFT Kenneth Hollis, PhD, LMFT  Bowden Templeton, PhD, LMFT 
Rob Atchison, PhD, LMFT Anna Hultquist, PhD, LMFT  Linda Terry, EdD, LMFT 
Roxanne Bamond, PhD, LMFT Lee Johnson, PhD, LMFT  Glade Topham, PhD, LMFT 
Roy Bean, PhD, LMFT Naveen Jonathan, PhD, LMFT
Anibal Torres, PhD, LMFT 
Ben Beitin, PhD, LMFT Rene Jones, MS, LMFT  Loren Townsend, PhD, LMFT 
Christopher K. Belous, PhD Christian Jordal, PhD, LMFT  James Ungvarsky, PsyD, LMFT 
Blake Berryhill, PhD Nickolas Jordan, PhD, LMFT Laura Wallace, PhD, LMFT 
Dale Bertram, PhD, LMFT Lisa Kelledy, PhD, LMFT  Richard Wampler, PhD, LMFT
Mike Bishop, PhD, LMFT Angela Lamson, PhD, LMFT  Linna Wang, PhD, LMFT 
Leonard Bohanon, PhD, LMFT Daniel Lord, PhD  Dyane Watson, PhD, LMFT 
Matthew Brosi, PhD, LMFT Tatiana Melendez-Rhodes, PhD, LMFT Yulia Watters, PhD, LMFT 
Kristina Brown, PhD, LMFT Carol Messmore, PhD, LMFT  Alyssa Weiss-Quittner, PhD, LMFT 
Jeff Chang, PhD Thomas Milholland, PhD, LMFT  Charles West, PhD, LMFT 
Joy Corby, PhD, LMFT James Milliron, PhD, LMFT  Lucinda West, PhD, LMFT 
Suzanne Coyle, PhD, LMFT  Darren Moore, PhD, LMFT  Jeffrey White, PhD, LMFT 
Canaan Crane, PhD, LMFT  Dave Morgan, MMFT, LMFT  Mark White, PhD, LMFT 
D. Russell Crane, PhD, LMFT  James Morris, PhD, LMFT  Susan Wilkie, PhD, LMFT
Peter Fabian, DMin, LMFT  Kristen Poppa, PhD  Monique Willis, PhD, LMFT 
Elizabeth Fawcett, PhD, LMFT 
Nenetzin Reyes, PhD, LMFT  Jonathan Wilson, PhD, LMFT
Kami Gallus, PhD, LMFT  Barbara Riggs, PhD, LMFT   Andrea Wittenborn, PhD, LMFT 
Chris Gonzalez, PhD, LMFT  Dave Robinson, PhD, LMFT Nathan Wood, PhD, LMFT 
James Harper, PhD, LMFT  Mary Sillup  Arnold Woodruff, MS, LMFT
Susan Hastings, PsyD, LMFT Craig Smith, PhD   
Branden Henline, PhD, LMFT  Tommy Smith, PhD   


To maintain active site visitor status, site visitors must:

  • Participate in a site visit within two years from their site visitor training; and 
  • At least once every two years.

Site visitors who do not participate in a site visit every two years will be considered inactive and must retake the site visitor training prior to participation in a site visit (COAMFTE Accreditation Manual: Policies and Procedures).

Eligibility Review Committee

The Eligibility Review Committee (ERC), a subcommittee appointed by the COAMFTE chair is responsible for conducting reviews of Eligibility Criteria documents and determining when a program has demonstrated, through a substantially complete response, that it is prepared to proceed in the accreditation process. The ERC is comprised of marriage and family therapy educators and doctoral students enrolled in COAMFTE-accredited programs, who have a minimum of a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy or a related mental health field and familiarity with COAMFTE’s accreditation standards, policies and processes.

COAMFTE is looking forward to working with the inaugural cohort of ERC Members:

  • Leonard Michael Bohanon, PhD
  • Rebecca Bokoch
  • Caitlyn M. Burns
  • Christie Eppler, PhD
  • Adam C. Jones
  • Heather A. Katafiasz, PhD
  • G. Bowden Templeton, PhD
  • Jeffrey W. White, PhD
  • Mark B. White, PhD

Standards Review Committee

The Standards Review Committee (SRC), a subcommittee appointed by the COAMFTE chair, is responsible for: (1) implementing procedures for the review process every five (5) years and (2) providing the COAMFTE with on-going feedback reflecting the state of accreditation standards and interpretations throughout the five-year cycle.  

COAMFTE welcomes the newly appointed SRC Chair, Elizabeth Fawcett, and new SRC member and Commissioner, Bobbi Miller, to the Standards Review Committee.