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Working As A Child And Family Therapist

  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • $48,600

    Average Salary

What Does A Child And Family Therapist Do

Rehabilitation counselors help people with physical, mental, developmental, and emotional disabilities live independently. They work with clients to overcome or manage the personal, social, or psychological effects of disabilities on employment or independent living.

Duties

Rehabilitation counselors typically do the following:

  • Provide individual and group counseling to help clients adjust to their disability
  • Evaluate clients’ abilities, interests, experiences, skills, health, and education
  • Develop a treatment plan for clients in consultation with other professionals, such as doctors, therapists, and psychologists
  • Arrange for clients to obtain services, such as medical care or career training
  • Help employers understand the needs and abilities of people with disabilities, as well as laws and resources that affect people with disabilities
  • Help clients develop their strengths and adjust to their limitations
  • Locate resources, such as wheelchairs or computer programs, that help clients live and work more independently
  • Maintain client records and monitor clients’ progress, adjusting the rehabilitation or treatment plan as necessary
  • Advocate for the rights of people with disabilities to live in a community and work in the job of their choice

Rehabilitation counselors help people with disabilities at various stages in their lives. Some work with students to develop strategies to live with their disability and move from school to work. Others help veterans cope with the mental or physical effects of their military service. Still others help elderly people adapt to disabilities developed later in life from illness or injury. Some may provide expert testimony or assessments during personal injury or workers’ compensation cases.

Some rehabilitation counselors deal specifically with employment issues. These counselors, sometimes called vocational rehabilitation counselors, typically work with older students and adults.

Rehabilitation counselors who work in private practice must spend time marketing their practice to prospective clients and working with insurance companies and clients to get paid for their services.

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How To Become A Child And Family Therapist

Rehabilitation counselors typically need a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling or a related field. Some positions require certification or a license.

Education

Most employers require a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling or a related field. A bachelor’s degree in most fields is acceptable to enter a master’s degree program. Master’s degree programs teach students the theories, skills, and techniques that will enable them to provide effective mental health counseling. These programs also train students in evaluating clients’ needs, formulating and implementing job placement strategies, and understanding the medical and psychological aspects of a disability. They typically require a period of supervised clinical experience, such as an internship.

Although some employers hire workers with a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation and disability studies, these workers typically cannot offer the full range of services that a rehabilitation counselor with a master’s degree can provide. Students in bachelor’s degree programs learn about issues that people with disabilities face and about the process of providing rehabilitation services. Some universities offer dual-degree programs in rehabilitation counseling, in which students can earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in 5 years.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensing requirements for rehabilitation counselors differ by state and by type of services provided. Those providing counseling services to clients and patients must attain a license through their state licensing board. Other services provided by rehabilitation counselors, however, may be exempt from state licensing requirements. For example, rehabilitation counselors who provide only vocational rehabilitation services or job placement assistance may not need a license.

Licensure typically requires a master’s degree and 2,000 to 4,000 hours of supervised clinical experience. In addition, counselors must pass a state-recognized exam. To maintain their licensure, counselors must complete annual continuing education credits.

Applicants should contact their state licensing board for information on what services or counseling positions require licensure. Contact information for these state licensing boards can be found through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.

Some employers prefer or require rehabilitation counselors to be certified. The Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification offers the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) certification. Applicants must meet advanced education, work experience, and clinical supervision requirements and pass a test. Certification must be renewed every 5 years. Counselors must complete continuing education requirements or pass a reexamination to renew their certification.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Rehabilitation counselors need to be able to effectively communicate with clients. They must express ideas and information in a way that is easy to understand.

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

Critical-thinking skills. Counselors must be able to develop a treatment plan to help clients reach their goals by considering each client’s abilities and interests.   

Interpersonal skills. Being able to work with different types of people is essential for rehabilitation counselors, who spend most of their time working directly with clients, families, employers, or other professionals. They must be able to develop and maintain good working relationships.

Listening skills. Good listening skills are essential for rehabilitation counselors. They need to give their full attention in sessions in order to understand clients’ problems, concerns, and values.

Patience. To help people learn new skills and strategies, rehabilitation counselors must have patience as clients struggle to learn about and address their disabilities.

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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

Gender

Female

78.8%

Male

18.2%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

81.2%

Hispanic or Latino

9.4%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.9%

French

8.8%

Portuguese

5.9%

Mandarin

4.4%

Italian

4.4%

Swedish

2.9%

Malay

2.9%

Russian

2.9%

Danish

1.5%

German

1.5%

Tigrinya

1.5%

Turkish

1.5%

Hindi

1.5%

Arabic

1.5%

Tamil

1.5%

Korean

1.5%
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Child And Family Therapist Education

Schools

Arizona State University

8.9%

Portland State University

8.9%

University of Phoenix

6.3%

Walden University

5.8%

University of Louisville

5.3%

Liberty University

5.3%

Capella University

5.3%

Boston College

4.7%

Fordham University

4.7%

Barry University

4.7%

New York University

4.2%

University of Southern California

4.2%

Seattle University

4.2%

Smith College

4.2%

University of Denver

4.2%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.2%

Lindsey Wilson College

3.7%

Florida State University

3.7%

Northern Arizona University

3.7%

University of Washington

3.7%
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Majors

Social Work

28.4%

Counseling Psychology

11.8%

School Counseling

11.1%

Mental Health Counseling

9.3%

Psychology

7.2%

Family Therapy

6.0%

Clinical Psychology

5.2%

Education

2.7%

Rehabilitation Science

2.6%

Human Development

2.0%

Human Services

1.8%

Business

1.7%

Sociology

1.7%

Law

1.4%

Elementary Education

1.3%

Criminal Justice

1.3%

Theology

1.3%

Public Health

1.1%

Nursing

1.1%

Educational Leadership

1.0%
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Degrees

Masters

67.8%

Bachelors

11.6%

Other

9.1%

Doctorate

6.8%

Certificate

3.2%

Associate

1.1%

License

0.3%

Diploma

0.1%
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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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