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Working As A Marriage 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
  • $49,865

    Average Salary

What Does A Marriage 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 Marriage 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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Marriage And Family Therapist Career Paths

Marriage And Family Therapist
Licensed Professional Counselor Clinical Director
Administrative Director, Behavioral Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Clinical Supervisor Nursing Director Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Clinical Supervisor Clinical Manager Nursing Director
Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Counselor Therapist Clinical Social Worker
Clinical Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Clinician Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Licensed Professional Counselor Family Counselor Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Clinician Clinical Social Worker
Clinical Supervisor
8 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Clinician Clinical Supervisor Program Director
Director Of Residential Services
7 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Clinician Clinical Social Worker
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Therapist Mental Health Counselor Social Worker
Director Of Social Work
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Nurse Practitioner Nurse Manager
Emergency Services Director
8 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Co-Owner Case Manager
Family Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Instructor Program Director Clinical Director
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Clinical Director Director Of Social Services Therapist
Lead Therapist
5 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Counselor Social Worker Clinical Director
Outpatient Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Instructor Case Manager
Senior Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Therapist Mental Health Specialist Social Worker
Social Services Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Clinical Director Adjunct Instructor Clinical Social Worker
Social Work Case Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Adjunct Professor Clinical Social Worker
Social Work Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Service Director Therapist
Therapist And Program Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Marriage And Family Therapist Demographics

Gender

Female

73.1%

Male

24.4%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

76.2%

Hispanic or Latino

11.9%

Asian

9.0%

Unknown

2.2%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.5%

Mandarin

5.2%

French

4.5%

Russian

4.5%

Chinese

3.9%

German

3.2%

Hindi

2.6%

Vietnamese

2.6%

Portuguese

2.6%

Cantonese

1.9%

Tagalog

1.9%

Arabic

1.9%

Turkish

1.3%

Armenian

1.3%

Thai

1.3%

Greek

1.3%

Italian

1.3%

Hebrew

1.3%

Urdu

1.3%

Korean

0.6%
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Marriage And Family Therapist Education

Schools

National University

9.3%

University of Phoenix

9.0%

Pepperdine University

7.3%

John F Kennedy University

6.7%

Chapman University

6.7%

Alliant International University

6.4%

Antioch University

6.0%

Phillips Graduate Institute

5.0%

California Institute of Integral Studies

4.8%

Pacifica Graduate Institute

4.5%

Chicago School of Professional Psychology

4.5%

University of San Francisco

4.3%

Azusa Pacific University

4.0%

California State University - Fullerton

3.5%

Notre Dame de Namur University

3.3%

California Baptist University

3.3%

University of Southern California

3.1%

California State University - Northridge

2.9%

Brandman University

2.8%

Sonoma State University

2.6%
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Majors

Family Therapy

39.1%

Counseling Psychology

18.0%

Clinical Psychology

13.1%

School Counseling

9.4%

Psychology

9.2%

Mental Health Counseling

2.2%

Human Development

1.1%

Social Work

1.1%

Rehabilitation Science

1.0%

Business

0.8%

Education

0.7%

Educational Leadership

0.6%

Sociology

0.5%

Management

0.5%

Graphic Design

0.5%

Elementary Education

0.4%

Theology

0.4%

Human Services

0.4%

Pastoral Counseling And Specialized Ministries

0.4%

Physical Therapy

0.4%
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Degrees

Masters

78.8%

Doctorate

9.0%

Other

6.4%

Bachelors

3.9%

Certificate

1.4%

Associate

0.4%

License

0.1%

Diploma

0.1%
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Real Marriage And Family Therapist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Marriage and Family Therapist Grossbard & Bourzat Corporation San Francisco, CA Oct 17, 2014 $80,000
Marriage Family Therapist Stay Designated Inc. Chino, CA Jul 01, 2013 $75,132
Marriage and Family Therapist Enhanced Destiny Services, Inc. New Orleans, LA Mar 08, 2011 $72,800
Marriage and Family Therapist Enhanced Destiny Services, Inc. New Orleans, LA Feb 24, 2010 $72,800
Marriage and Family Therapist Grossbard & Bourzat Corporation San Francisco, CA Oct 17, 2014 $65,000
Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapist University of Minnesota Physicians Minneapolis, MN Mar 01, 2013 $62,610
Marriage and Family Therapist Enhanced Destiny Services, Inc. New Orleans, LA Mar 08, 2011 $60,000
Marriage and Family Therapists Grossbard & Bourzat Corp. San Francisco, CA Jun 04, 2014 $60,000
Therapist, Marriage & Family Family Health Centers of San Diego, Inc. San Diego, CA Jul 23, 2012 $59,862
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Institute for Multicultural Counseling and Educat Los Angeles, CA Oct 08, 2016 $55,619
Marriage and Family Therapists Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX Dec 13, 2011 $54,000
Marriage and Family Therapists El Centro de Coraz?N Houston, TX Jan 10, 2014 $54,000
Marriage & Family Therapist Earth Circles Counseling Center Oakland, CA Oct 01, 2014 $53,970
Marriage & Family Therapist Earth Circles Counseling Center Oakland, CA Sep 19, 2013 $53,970
Marriage and Family Therapists Koreatown Youth and Community Center Los Angeles, CA Mar 24, 2010 $48,168
Marriage & Family Counselor Rivergate Family Resource Center, LLC Lauderhill, FL Feb 04, 2013 $48,000
Marriage and Family Counselor Rivergate Family Resource Center, LLC Lauderhill, FL Apr 25, 2016 $48,000
Marriage and Family Therapists Rivergate Family Resource Center, LLC Lauderhill, FL Mar 28, 2014 $48,000
Marriage & Family Counselor Rivergate Family Resource Center, LLC Lauderhill, FL Oct 01, 2015 $48,000
Marriage and Family Counselor Child Guidance Center of Greater Bridgeport, Inc. Bridgeport, CT Mar 08, 2010 $47,000
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Jewish Community Services of South Florida Miami Beach, FL Aug 17, 2016 $46,696
Marriage and Family Therapists Alma Family Services Monterey Park, CA Oct 13, 2011 $46,000
Marriage Family Therapist Santa Maria Valley Youth & Family Center Santa Maria, CA Jul 01, 2011 $41,118 -
$50,000
Marriage and Family Therapist Klingberg Comprehensive Family Services, Inc. New Britain, CT Jan 09, 2016 $41,052
Marriage and Family Therapist Klingberg Comprehensive Family Services, Inc. New Britain, CT Jan 07, 2016 $41,052
Marriage and Family Therapist Bellevue Community Services, Inc. Bellevue, WA Sep 21, 2011 $40,996
Marriage and Family Therapists Dallas Sigma Counseling Services Inc. Dallas, TX Nov 29, 2010 $40,872
Marriage and Family Therapists Tarzana Treatment Centers CA Apr 19, 2011 $40,446
Marriage and Family Therapists Glass & Associates Psychological Corporation CA Apr 27, 2009 $40,310

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Top Skills for A Marriage And Family Therapist

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Top Marriage And Family Therapist Skills

  1. Therapist Trainee
  2. Treatment Plans
  3. Mental Health Services
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Volunteer Practicum with Voices a program through Shasta County Department of Education as a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee.
  • Assess clients and develop master treatment plans, objectives and methods.
  • Provide a wide variety of mental health services such as individual, couple and familytherapy with adults, adolescents and children.
  • Conducted therapeutic individual and family therapy sessions.
  • Provided therapy for up to fifteen clients per week using eclectic methods primarily for treatment of mood and anxiety disorders.

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