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Marriage and Family Therapists

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Diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, whether cognitive, affective, or behavioral, within the context of marriage and family systems. 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.

    Work Activities
    • Ask questions that will help clients identify their feelings and behaviors.
    • Counsel clients on concerns, such as unsatisfactory relationships, divorce and separation, child rearing, home management, or financial difficulties.
    • Encourage individuals and family members to develop and use skills and strategies for confronting their problems in a constructive manner.
    • Maintain case files that include activities, progress notes, evaluations, and recommendations.
    • Develop and implement individualized treatment plans addressing family relationship problems, destructive patterns of behavior, and other personal issues.
    • Collect information about clients, using techniques such as testing, interviewing, discussion, or observation.
    • Confer with clients to develop plans for posttreatment activities.
    • Confer with other counselors, doctors, and professionals to analyze individual cases and to coordinate counseling services.
    • Determine whether clients should be counseled or referred to other specialists in such fields as medicine, psychiatry, or legal aid.
    • Supervise other counselors, social service staff, and assistants.
    • Write evaluations of parents and children for use by courts deciding divorce and custody cases, testifying in court if necessary.
    • Follow up on results of counseling programs and clients' adjustments to determine effectiveness of programs.
    • Provide instructions to clients on how to obtain help with legal, financial, and other personal issues.
    • Provide public education and consultation to other professionals or groups regarding counseling services, issues, and methods.
    • Provide family counseling and treatment services to inmates participating in substance abuse programs.
    • Gather information from doctors, schools, social workers, juvenile counselors, law enforcement personnel, and others to make recommendations to courts for resolution of child custody or visitation disputes.
    Skills
    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    0
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    Knowledge
    • Therapy and Counseling

      Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

    • Psychology

      Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $47,630/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $22.90/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 500
    • Yearly Projected Openings 70
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Concern for Others
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
    • Dependability
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Social Orientation
    Tools
    • Special purpose telephones
    • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
    • Personal computers
    • Notebook computers
    • Desktop computers
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    Tags
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    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.