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Become A Child And Family Therapist

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Working As A Child And Family Therapist

  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $48,600

    Average Salary

What Does A Child And Family Therapist Do At Catholic Charities of Onondaga County

* Provide psychotherapy with the participant in the home, office and community as appropriate.
* Provide prescriptive treatment including family, marital, individual and group psychotherapy by assessing, creating, and implementing therapeutic plans to assigned clients.
* Collaborate with other service providers and make referrals as needed to appropriate complimentary services.
* Complete and submit all required written documentation according to program mandates.
* Maintain caseload according to program standard.
* Maintain client confidentiality at all times.
* Attend and participate in all mandated program activities.
* Maintain guidelines established by the funding sources and Catholic Charities of Onondaga County policies and procedures

What Does A Child And Family Therapist Do At Lifeworks NW

* Performs client evaluations including initial intake interviews, formulating diagnosis, and identifying appropriate treatment services.
* Notifies clients and significant other(s) of diagnosis and initial recommendations.
* Completes a written narrative of the evaluation.
* Obtains necessary releases within specified timeline standards.
* Collects supplementary information needed to assist clients such as medical records or school reports.
* Obtains and studies medical, psychological, social, and family histories by interviewing clients individually, in families, or in groups.
* Assesses their situations, capabilities, and problems to determine what services are required to meet their needs.
* Consults with parents, teachers, and other school personnel to determine causes of problems such as truancy and misbehavior to implement solutions.
* Analyzes data such as interview notes, test results, and reference manuals to identify symptoms and to diagnose the nature of clients' problems.
* Develops therapeutic treatment plans based on clients' interests, abilities, strengths and needs.
* Treatment plans will be based upon clinical experience and knowledge, and will have measurable goals and objectives based on the diagnosis and will specify type, frequency, intensity, and duration of therapy.
* Treatment plans will be client driven and follow-ups will be completed on time, assessing the quantity and quality of services provided.
* Conducts individual, family, and group therapy sessions based on current evidenced based practices e.g. collaborative problem solving, cognitive behavioral interventions, and solution focused therapy.
* Obtains and retains certification in selected de-escalation programs.
* Restrains violent, potentially violent, or suicidal clients by verbal or physical means as required and only if certified.
* Responsible for case management.
* Evaluates the effectiveness of counseling or treatments and the accuracy and completeness of the diagnoses.
* Modifies plans and diagnoses as necessary.
* Uses program outcome measures.
* Identifies cases involving domestic abuse or other family problems affecting students' development and determine whether clients should be counseled or referred to other specialists.
* Maintains awareness of community referral resources.
* Addresses legal issues, such as child abuse and discipline.
* Assists with hearings and provides testimony as required.
* Acts as client advocate to coordinate required services or to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.
* Maintains chart notes, obtains pertinent records from other treatment, and tracks client's involvement, follow-through and progress in varied treatment activities.
* Documents and maintains client records to ensure compliance with agency and contract guidelines and confidentiality.
* Completes documentation in electronic health record system as applicable.
* Transports clients in a LifeWorks NW vehicle.
* Completes critical incident reports when indicated within 24 hours of a critical incident.
* Meets performance standards for direct client care, documentation, quality (including engagement and evidence based practices), and teamwork.
* Continually increases level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency

What Does A Child And Family Therapist Do At State of Massachusetts

* Determines compliance with the regulations for family child care programs by conducting application review, on-site annual visits of the family child care programs; observations of the physical condition of family child care homes; observation of children and educator interactions with children; assessing the care received by children; reviewing children’s and assistants’ records, qualifications of educator and assistants, ratios, emergency and preventive health care procedures, nutrition, transportation, consumer rights, sanitation and safety, program’s (educational) plan to include curriculum, equipment, supplies and procedures for supervising children.
* Provides consultation and technical assistance to both potential and current family child care educators.
* Investigates complaints of alleged non-compliance made against licensed and unlicensed family child care homes.
* Documents findings gathered during inspections and investigations of family child care programs by identifying and recording deficiencies, and by writing reports of a legal and technical nature, in order to recommend issuance or renewal of licenses or corrective enforcement action.
* Participates in the development and implementation of legal actions, pre-hearing conferences, hearings, and court proceedings by providing documentation of deficiencies; by providing testimony at legal proceedings and by conducting follow-up inspections in order to provide evidence of violations and to enforce corrective or legal actions.
* Designs and assists in the development of workshops, conferences and seminars on family child care for educators and assistants as well as for Family Child Care Systems, state and local officials and interested citizen groups.
* As assigned, assists in the formulation of statewide policy concerning regulations, licensing policies and working procedures.
* Determines the qualifications of individuals seeking assistant positions in a family child care program.
* Schedule varies.
* Travel to providers and Early Education and Care Offices is required.
* Those employees who elect to use a motor vehicle for travel must have a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator’s License or equivalent from another state

What Does A Child And Family Therapist Do At We Care Services for Children

* Maintains an appropriate caseload and meets program billing goals as determined by Mental Health Director.
* Maintains appropriate client files in alignment with agency and funding standards.
* Prepares files on a yearly basis for EPSDT Utilization Review.
* Documents billable services according to county guidelines.
* Attends all agency staff meetings and designated training events.
* May be asked to carry staff responsibility for agency special events or other projects

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How To Become A Child And Family Therapist

Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists are typically required to have a master’s degree and a license to practice.


To become a mental health counselor or a marriage and family therapist, applicants typically need a master’s degree in psychology, clinical mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, or a related mental health field. A bachelor’s degree in most fields is acceptable to enter a master’s program.

Counseling programs prepare students to recognize symptoms of mental and emotional disorders and to use effective counseling strategies. Marriage and family therapy programs teach students about how marriages, families, and relationships function and how these relationships can affect mental and emotional disorders.

Many employers prefer to hire counselors who have graduated from programs accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs.


Candidates gain hands-on experience through postdegree supervised clinical work, sometimes referred to as an internship or residency. In training, they learn to provide family therapy, group therapy, psychotherapy, and other therapeutic interventions, under the supervision of a licensed counselor.


All states require mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists to be licensed in the state in which they practice. Licensure requires a master’s degree and 2,000 to 4,000 hours of postdegree supervised clinical experience, sometimes referred to as an internship or residency. In addition, counselors and therapists must pass a state-recognized exam and complete annual continuing education classes.

Contact information for state boards regulating mental health counselors is available through the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Contact and licensing information for marriage and family therapists is available through the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Counselors and therapists often work with people who are dealing with stressful and difficult situations, so they must be compassionate and empathize with their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Being able to work with different types of people is essential for counselors and therapists. They spend most of their time working directly with clients and other professionals and must be able to encourage good relationships.

Listening skills. Good listening skills are essential for mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists, both of whom need to give their full attention to their clients to understand their problems, values, and goals.

Organizational skills. Good organizational skills are especially important for counselors and therapists in private practice, who must keep track of payments and work with insurance companies.

Speaking skills. Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists need to be able to communicate with clients effectively. They must express ideas and information in a way that clients can understand easily.

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Child And Family Therapist Career Paths

Child And Family Therapist
Medical Social Worker Clinical Social Worker Clinical Director
Administrative Director, Behavioral Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Clinical Social Worker Director Of Social Services Therapist
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Therapist Clinical Supervisor Nursing Director
Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Clinical Director Adjunct Instructor Clinical Social Worker
Clinical Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Therapist Program Director
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Psychotherapist Psychologist Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Therapist Clinician
Clinical Supervisor
8 Yearsyrs
Clinical Supervisor Physical Therapist Case Manager
Director Of Case Management
11 Yearsyrs
Clinical Social Worker Program Director Service Director
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Therapist Mental Health Counselor Social Worker
Director Of Social Work
7 Yearsyrs
Clinical Director Nurse Practitioner Nurse Manager
Emergency Services Director
8 Yearsyrs
Clinical Supervisor Nursing Director Case Manager
Family Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Psychotherapist Clinical Director Career Manager
Health Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Outpatient Physical Therapist Clinician Clinical Director
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Social Worker Registered Nurse Occupational Health Nurse
Health Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Outpatient Physical Therapist Clinical Supervisor Clinical Director
Outpatient Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Clinician Assistant Director Social Worker
Social Services Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Clinician Clinical Social Worker
Social Work Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
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Child And Family Therapist Demographics


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  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • Mandarin

  • Italian

  • Swedish

  • Malay

  • Russian

  • Danish

  • German

  • Tigrinya

  • Turkish

  • Hindi

  • Arabic

  • Tamil

  • Korean

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Real Child And Family Therapist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Bilingual Individual, Child & Family Therapist Lucrecia V. Suarez G, LCSW PC, DBA Conexiones Portland, OR Oct 01, 2013 $48,606
Individual, Child and Family Therapist Lucrecia V. Suarez G. LCSW P.C. DBA Conexiones Portland, OR Oct 02, 2009 $42,241
Individual, Child and Family Therapist Lucrecia V. Suarez G., LCSW, P.C. DBA Conexiones Portland, OR Oct 02, 2009 $42,241
Bilingual Individual, Child & Family Therapist Lucrecia V. Suarez G, LCSW PC, DBA Conexiones Portland, OR Oct 01, 2012 $41,197
Child and Family Therapist Child and Adolescent Treatment Services Inc. Cheektowaga, NY Dec 09, 2016 $37,230
Child and Family Therapist Child and Adolescent Treatment Services Inc. Buffalo, NY Dec 09, 2016 $37,230
Bilingual Child & Family Therapist Child and Adolescent Treatment Services Buffalo, NY Nov 23, 2016 $36,500
Child and Family Therapist Child and Adolescent Treatment Services Buffalo, NY Sep 12, 2011 $36,075

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Top Skills for A Child And Family Therapist


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Top Child And Family Therapist Skills

  1. Individual Treatment Plans
  2. Mental Health Services
  3. Crisis Intervention Services
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed and implemented effective individual treatment plans for youth with emotional and behavior problems.
  • Coordinated with local school counselors in Eugene to provide mental health services for children and their families.
  • Provide mental health crisis intervention services as needed including referral and follow up.
  • Assessed and treated children, adolescent and families with focus on trauma recovery, eating disorders, behavioral and learning difficulties.
  • Developed and led groups for juvenile offenders; depressed teens, children in foster care, and children of substance abusers.

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