Marriage and Family Therapists
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Diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, whether cognitive, affective, or behavioral, within the context of marriage and family systems. Apply psychotherapeutic and family systems theories and techniques in the delivery of services to individuals, couples, and families for the purpose of treating such diagnosed nervous and mental disorders.

Training and Development

  • Required Level of Education - First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession
  • Related Work Experience - Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
  • On-Site or In-Plant Training - Up to and including 1 month
  • On-the-Job Training - Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years

Did You Know?

  • A master’s degree generally is required to become a licensed counselor.
  • Job opportunities for counselors should be very good because job openings are expected to exceed the number of graduates from counseling programs.
  • The health care and social assistance industry employs about 47 percent of counselors, and state and local government employ about 11 percent.
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National Data Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections
State Data Source: The Employment Security Commission