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.