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The 411 On Marriage And Family Therapists


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The 411 On Marriage And Family Therapists

Author : Lyn Clements

Submitted : 2013-11-07 11:35:02    Word Count : 500    Popularity:   Not Rated

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A career as a marriage and family therapist might be right up your alley if you are a great listener and can cope well with high-stress situations. Marriage and family therapists are also referred to as MFTs or family therapists, and they conduct premarital, one-on-one, family, and group counseling sessions treating such disorders as domestic violence, depression, emotional abuse, and substance abuse.

In addition to high volumes of stress, MFTs work long hours and on weekends to accommodate clients and their varying needs. MFTs should be patient, flexible, empathetic, personable, and well-organized. It's also important for people interested in becoming marriage and family therapists to make sure their personal backgrounds are where they need to be. A therapist can't effectively help another marriage if theirs is in shambles, so it only makes sense to fix yourself before attempting to fix anyone else.

Marriage and family therapist was ranked at 42 on a list of 100 by CNN Money and PayScale.com's 2012 list of best jobs in America because MFTs are beneficial to society keeping marriages out of divorce court and building strong family ties. The median annual MFT wage was $45,720 in May 2010 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $23,870 and the top 10 percent earned more than $72,280. A reasonable amount of MFTs are in private practice and they set their own hours and wages. As of 2012, California, New Jersey, and Florida were the three states with the highest employment in this occupation. However, New Jersey, Wyoming, and Hawaii were the three states that paid the most.

If you're one of those people who think therapy is only for the insane, you'd be surprised to know that 6.1 million people are seen annually by family therapists according to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Therapy is no longer the stigma it used to be; there are proven cases that illustrate just how effective therapy is.

At a minimum, MFTs must have a master's degree along with two years of supervised clinical experience. A master's degree in marriage and family therapy traditionally or online requires that you take courses in human development, ethics, substance abuse counseling, group counseling, and personality theory, just to list a few. The program typically takes two years to complete, but if your plan is to earn this degree online, there are only two universities that are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) as of August 2013: Capella and Northcentral. Accreditation is a voluntary process, but it's only awarded to institutions that meet or exceed accreditation standards. Of course, there are other universities that offer MFT programs that you can still attend. Depending on the state, accreditation may or may not be necessary to obtain licensure; however, the place where you desire to work will have its own rules, which is why it's extremely important to do some research and ask questions.

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Universities.com connects people to the information they need to make the best decision about which colleges and universities fit their educational goals. Staff writer Lyn Clements writes about degree and career options for potential students. http://www.universities.com/Online/Masters-degrees-in-Marriage-and-Family-Therapy-Online.html http://www.universities.com/articles/marriage-and-family-therapists-affected-by-the-recession/

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