Also known as Clinical Therapist, Counselor, Family Therapist, Human Relations Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Marriage and Family Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), Outpatient Therapist, Play Therapist
Also known as Clinical Therapist, Counselor, Family Therapist
Family Therapists diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, whether cognitive, affective, or behavioral, within the context of marriage and family systems.
In addition, Family Therapists apply psychotherapeutic and family systems theories and techniques in the delivery of services to individuals, couples, and families for the purpose of treating such diagnosed nervous and mental disorders.
Family Therapists are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Family Therapists. More generally, Family Therapists are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Family Therapist is $51,340, and the average salary is $56,890. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Family Therapist salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Family Therapists earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Family Therapists earn less than $33,140 per year, 25% earn less than $39,130, 75% earn less than $68,020, and 90% earn less than $92,930.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Family Therapists is expected to change by 16.3%, and there should be roughly 8,500 open positions for Family Therapists every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Family Therapist are usually higher in their Social, Artistic, and Investigative interests.
Family Therapists typically have very strong Social interests. Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Also, Family Therapists typically have moderate Artistic interests. Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Lastly, Family Therapists typically have moderate Investigative interests. Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Family Therapist tend to value Relationships, Independence, and Achievement.
Most importantly, Family Therapists very strongly value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Second, Family Therapists very strongly value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Lastly, Family Therapists strongly value Achievement. Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Family Therapists must consistently demonstrate qualities such as concern for others, integrity, and self-control.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Family Therapists, ranked by importance:
Many Family Therapists have earned a graduate degree. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a doctoral degree, such as a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D..
Family Therapists may need some on-the-job training, but most candidates will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Family Therapists may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as therapy and counseling, psychology, or customer and personal service knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Family Therapists might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Family Therapists must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Family Therapists need abilities such as oral comprehension, oral expression, and written comprehension in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Family Therapists, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Family Therapists frequently use skills like active listening, social perceptiveness, and speaking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Family Therapists, ranked by their relative importance.
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