Family Counselor

Family counselors help individuals couples and family members cope with emotional difficulties conflicts and crises. They accomplish this by using appropriate therapeutic techniques or in some cases providing support or advice that will allow clients to improve how they communicate and ultimately to deal effectively with their problems. Individuals who aspire to this career must have personal stability and emotional stamina that is required to work with a variety of problems that people face. According to the website www.jobdiagnosis.com family counselors need to earn a Masters degree in counseling. Masters degree programs typically include courses in developmental psychology marriage and family systems theories of counseling and psychotherapy as well as courses in human sexuality substance abuse and ethics. Many programs include internships during which students get practical experience in counseling people who have the kinds of problems they will be dealing with once they graduate. Family counselors must meet the licensing requirements of the state in which they practice. This often calls for two years of experience under the supervision of a professional who is already licensed. Some family counselors earn a doctoral degree which may help them to advance their careers. Family counselors can work in agencies and clinics but some are self employed. The website www.jobdiagnosis.com says that job opportunities for family counselors are expected to grow and salaries depend on work location experience and number of hours worked. Employees in public agencies and clinics earn annual salaries ranging from $25000 to $30000 but the overall average annual pay for all types of locations and employers is approximately $45000. With experience and well developed skills annual income can increase to $70000.

Education Required: Master's Degree
Avg Salary: $47500
High Salary: $70000
Low Salary: $25000
Tasks: Helps people work through family issues.
Evaluates problems that exist within families.
Provides ideas and tips on how family members can work together.
Uses therapeutic techniques to promote positive mental health.
Also Called: Therapist
Psychologist
Social Worker
Family Therapist
Additional Resources: http://www.jobdiagnosis.com/myblog/marriage-and-family-counselor-career.htm
http://www.collegecrunch.org/careers/psychology/marriage-and-family-counselor/
http://degreesource.com/articles/29/1/Counseling-Job-Description/Page1.html