4153 Family, marriage and other related counsellors
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Lead statementFamily, marriage and other related counsellors assist individuals and groups of clients to identify, understand and overcome personal problems and achieve personal objectives. They are employed by counselling centres, social service agencies, group homes, government agencies, family therapy centres, and health care and rehabilitation facilities, or they may work in private practice.
- addictions counsellor
- rehabilitation counsellor
- marriage counsellor
- bereavement counsellor
- registered marriage and family therapist
- sex therapist
- vocational rehabilitation counsellor
- child and youth counsellor
- registered clinical counsellor
- family counsellor
- behavioural consultant
- play therapist
- psychoeducational consultant
- disability consultant
- A master's degree in the field of counselling, mental health or a related social service discipline is usually required.
- In Quebec, a master's degree in psychoeducation is required to practise as a psycho-educator.
- An undergraduate degree or college diploma in a social science is required for certain areas of counselling.
- Membership with a provincial association for marriage and family therapists or clinical counsellors is required to use the title "Registered Marriage and Family Therapist" or "Registered Clinical Counsellor", and in Quebec, to use the title "marriage and family therapist (MFT)", "family therapist (FT)" or "marriage therapist (MT)". Membership with a provincial association may be required by some employers.
- Registration with a regulatory body is required in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Québec and Ontario.
- Registered marriage and family therapists and registered clinical counsellors must meet strict criteria involving post-graduate education and a period of supervised clinical work with clients.
- Counsellors usually become specialized in a particular area through training and experience.
- Progression to social service management positions is possible with additional training and experience.
- Educational counsellors
- Employment counsellors
- Managers in social, community and correctional services
- Social and community service workers
- Social workers