Have you ever had a conflict with a family member and felt that your relationship may be beyond repair?
This is where a family therapist comes in.
What does a family therapist do?
A family therapist works with individuals and families in the areas of communication, problem-solving, and conflict resolution in order to allow them to build and maintain healthy, fulfilling relationships.
What does a typical day as a family therapist look like?
The daily duties of a family therapist may vary depending upon their workplace, area of specialty, and client base.
Daily duties may include:
Meeting with prospective clients to identify their needs
Facilitating meetings with clients
Leading discussion activities
Taking notes on client responses
Completing session note reports
Researching various therapy techniques and practicing new skills
Recommending psychiatrists and/or other mental health professionals as needed
Which item below is something that a family therapist would NOT do as part of their job?
What type of education do I need?
A licensed family therapist is required to:
Earn a master's degree from an institution with an accredited program related to mental health. Some practitioners continue their studies and go on to earn a doctoral degree.
Complete clinical hours under the direct supervision of an experienced family therapist.
Pass state licensing exams before starting independent practice.
Where might a family therapist work?
For a private practice
You'd work for an employer who would secure and distribute clients to you.
You'd likely work with a wide range of client types from individuals to couples, to families, all with a wide range of concerns.
As a private practitioner
You'd decide the type of clients (individuals, couples, and families, as well as types of client concerns) you'd like to work with. You'd also have the freedom to decide your work hours.
For a school district
You'd work for either a public or a private school district providing family therapy support to students and their families.
For a hospital or a rehabilitation facility
You'd work for a government or private facility supporting clients who are inpatients within that facility. This type of treatment would be on a short-term basis.
What can I expect to earn?
The salary for a family therapist in the United States ranges between $39,000 to $77,000 (USD) per year.
The average salary is $51, 707 (USD) per year.
The salary for a family therapist in Canada ranges from $45,000 to $55,000 (CAD) per year.
The average salary is $51,281 (CAD) per year.
You will love being a family therapist if you....
are passionate about helping other people
have good listening, communication, and inter-personal skills
are organized and good with time-management
see yourself as a lifelong learner
You may want to look for a different career path if you...
have difficulty solving problems that don't have a clear solution
prefer to work alone
find it challenging to cope with stressful situations
prefer traditional work hours
⚡Pick The Future Family Therapist
Is an avid bookworm who loves cozying up with a good whodunnit novel
Is shy and doesn't enjoy being the center of attention
Is a great listener and enjoys problem-solving
Volunteers at his local church with a youth mentoring group.
Likes going on hikes and traveling
Enjoys meeting new people and being social
Is creative and has good communication skills
Is absent-minded and disorganized
Who would be the best fit for the role of a family therapist?
Does it sound like a career as a family therapist might be the right path for you?
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