About the job:
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, your job is to help people deal with and manage problems that are occuring in their marriage or family. You apply theories and techniques in the delivery of services to individuals, couples, and families for the purpose of treating their disorders or disfunctions.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, you may face:
- Ethical challenges when the desires and interests of their clients conflict. For example, if a husband is physically or verbally abusive to his wife and has no real hope of changing his behavior, it may be unethical for you to advise the wife to stay in the relationship
- Business challenges - You need to have sufficient office space to see clients privately. If you share office space, they must coordinate their schedules with coworkers
- Occupational stress and may even burnout, which is a syndrome characterized by mental distress and physical health problems
- High financial investment since you need to study 6 years and you won't have much time to work in parallel to your studies
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, you will get to:
- Work with people from all types of backgrounds
- Enjoy tremendous satisfaction from the fact that you are able to help people work through mental and emotional stresses and disorders
- Work flexible hours, particularly if you operate your own private practice
- See immediate impact of your interventions in your clients
- 40 hours a week
- May include evenings and weekends in order to meet your client's schedules
Are you the right fit?
- Any Track
- Understanding what you hear
- Understanding written information
- Problem Sensitivity
- Reasoning & Problem Solving
- Critical Thinking
Will you make money?
In order to become a Marriage & Family Therapist, you will need to complete a total of around six years of study:
- 4 years for your Bachelor’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychiatry, Clinical Social Work, Psychology, or related field
- 2 years for your Master’s degree
Many Marriage & Family Therapists, however, which means they have also completed a doctorate degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D.), generally requiring a further five to seven years of study.
There is a small fee of $75 for participating in this activity, which also includes a meal, a take home certificate, and more.
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