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Family, Marriage, and Other Related Counsellors

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NOC:4153
Occupation:Family, Marriage, and Other Related Counsellors
Category:Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

About the job

Nature of work:

Family, marriage and other related counsellors assist individuals and groups of clients to identify, understand and overcome personal problems and achieve personal objectives. They may need to address problems that are personal, social, or work or school related. They are employed by counselling centres, social service agencies, group homes, government agencies, family therapy centres, and health care and rehabilitation facilities, or they may work in private practice.

Job duties:
Family, marriage and other related counsellors perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Interview clients, prepare case histories and assess problems.
  • Conduct vocational testing and psychometric assessment.
  • Develop and implement counselling and intervention programs to assist clients in determining goals and means of attaining them.
  • Counsel clients, provide therapy and mediation services, and facilitate group sessions.
  • Liaise with community agencies or partners, and identify additional or alternative services and provide referrals.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of counselling programs and interventions, and clients' progress in resolving identified problems and movement toward defined objectives.
  • Follow up on results of counselling programs and clients' adjustments.
  • Prepare assessment, progress, follow-up, and court reports.
  • May supervise other counsellors, social service staff and assistants.
  • May provide public education and consultation to other professionals or groups regarding counselling services, issues and methods.
  • May provide witness testimony in court proceedings.
  • May conduct research, publish research papers, educational texts and articles and deliver presentations at conferences.
  • May participate in fundraising activities.

Family, marriage and other related counsellors often specialize in dealing with a specific client group such as injured workers, or with specific problems, such as drug and alcohol addiction, marital difficulties or behavioural disorders.

Sample job titles:
  • addictions counsellor
  • career counsellor
  • counselling therapist
  • couples therapist
  • crisis counsellor
  • family therapist (FT)
  • grief counsellor
  • marriage counsellor
  • mental health counsellor
  • special needs counsellor
Skills:

To work in these fields, you should have an interest in the social welfare of others and a desire to help them. Patience, maturity, good listening skills, and an understanding of human nature are important. You must be able to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing. Leadership, reasoning, and decision-making skills are also necessary.

Job requirements:
  • A master's degree in the field of counselling, mental health or a related social service discipline is usually required.
  • To become a Registered Counselling Therapist in Nova Scotia one must graduate from a masters level counselling therapy education program and complete a minimum 120 hour supervised practicum. Registration with the provincial regulatory body is required.
Other considerations:

Counsellors usually become specialized in a particular area through training and experience. Progression to social service management positions is possible with additional training and experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Good

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is better than average when compared to other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a small percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are not expected to be a major contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Family, Marriage, and Other Related Counsellors most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common.

The median employment income for 58% of Family, Marriage, and Other Related Counsellors who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $50,116. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Family, Marriage, and Other Related Counsellors635Moderate growth170Low
Minimum: $18.00
Median: $21.74
Maximum: $38.46
Minimum: $7,229
Median: $40,182
Maximum: $80,622
Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services55,420Moderate growth4,880Low
Minimum: $14.00
Median: $26.88
Maximum: $46.15
Minimum: $5,616
Median: $44,335
Maximum: $92,599
Family, Marriage, and Other Related CounsellorsCompared to: Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
Percent employed full-time79%79%
Percent self-employed10%6%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentFamily, Marriage, and Other Related CounsellorsCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern9%x12%$30,581
Northern18%$38,46616%$33,660
Cape Breton11%$42,14213%$32,974
Halifax53%$33,53547%$41,209
Annapolis Valley10%$39,45713%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeFamily, Marriage, and Other Related CounsellorsCompared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% Employed% Employed
15-245%N/A
25-3417%5%
35-4427%37%
45-5442%29%
55-648%24%
65+3%5%
Median Age4444
GenderFamily, Marriage, and Other Related CounsellorsCompared to: Occupations in Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% Employed% Employed
Female77%64%
Male23%36%
EducationFamily, Marriage, and Other Related CounsellorsCompared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school1.5%x2.8%$11,346
High school8.0%$47,95114.3%$25,801
Trades certificate2.9%x4.2%$35,678
College certificate or diploma18.2%$49,50121.5%$28,183
University certificate or diploma4.4%$53,9422.6%$35,967
Bachelor's degree30.7%$62,81629.2%$43,533
University advanced certificate or diploma3.6%$65,3623.4%$47,801
Master's degree1.5%$72,23017.2%$35,978
Doctorate29.2%x4.6%$60,991
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry1.5%x0.2%$83,456
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

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Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
Counselling Therapist
Right to Title:This job is regulated in Nova Scotia. The job title is protected (you may not use this job title without a professional designation). Professional designation shows that the holder has met provincial requirements for the job. Employers may require professional designation, however, you do not need professional designation to legally work in this job.
Regulating body:
Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists
36 Brookshire Court, Suite 201
Bedford, NS B4A 4E9
(902) 225-7531
registrar@nscct.ca 
Career Counsellor
Special Requirements:Standards exist for this job in Nova Scotia. Certification or membership in a professional body may be required by employers, however, a certificate is not legally needed to work in this occupation.
Regulating body:
Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association - Career Counsellors Chapter
6-203 Colonnade Rd S
Ottawa, ON K2E 7K3
(613) 237-1099
(613) 237-9786
Useful contacts:
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
114-223 Colonnade Road S
Ottawa, ON K2E 7K3
Tel: (877) 765-5565
Fax: (613) 237-9786
info@ccpa-accp.ca
Canadian Professional Counsellors Association
203-3306 - 32nd Avenue
Vernon, BC V1T 2M6
Tel: (888) 945-2722
Fax: (250) 558-3369
admin@cpca-rpc.ca

Training Paths & Education

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Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the application of principles of learning and behaviour to enhance the development, abilities, and choices of children and adults; and that prepares individuals to address the behavioural needs of individuals, especially those with developmental disabilities and autism. These programs include courses in behaviour analysis and learning, behavioural and functional assessment, developmental psychology, applied behavioural analysis in developmental disabilities and autism, applied behavioural analysis in mental health and aging, research methods, evaluation of interventions, and professional and ethical issues.
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Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
avc.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
strait.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Applied psychology
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the application of psychological theories and methods to real-world settings and problems, such as business and industry, government, education, military, and community settings. These programs include courses in applications of psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology, counselling, human factors, research methods and statistics, and program evaluation.
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Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Program Name:Community health services/liaison/counselling
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to serve as facilitators, advocates, and referral professionals linking health care and related social services with affected recipient communities. These programs include courses in public and community health, human and social services, health services administration, group counselling, health education, group advocacy, cross-cultural and multilingual communication, and applicable laws and policies.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
burridge.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Human development and family studies - General
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on basic human developmental and behavioural characteristics of the individual within the context of the family. These programs include courses in the conditions that influence human growth and development; strategies that promote growth and development across the lifespan; and the study of family systems.
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Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
Program Name:Marriage and family therapy/counseling
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of marriage and family therapy, involving the diagnosis of cognitive, affective, and behavioural domain disorders, both mental and emotional, within the context of marriage and family systems and the application of short- and long-term therapeutic strategies in family group contexts. These programs include courses in psychotherapy, family systems and studies, small group intervention and therapy, marital problems, depression, identification of psychopathologies and behavioural disorders, holistic health care, practice management, applicable regulations, and professional standards and ethics.
There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.
Program Name:Physiological psychology/psychobiology
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the scientific course study of the biological bases of psychological functioning, and their application to experimental and therapeutic research problems. These programs include courses in functional neuroanatomy, neural system development, biochemical neural regulatory mechanisms, neurological biophysics, memory storage and retrieval, physiology of cognition and perception, physiological bases of psychopathology and behavioural disorders, psychopharmacology, comparative psychobiology, and specialized experimental design and research methods.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Program Name:Psychology - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on the scientific study of individual and collective behaviour, the physical and environmental bases of behaviour, and the analysis and treatment of behaviour problems and disorders. These programs include courses in the principles of the various subfields of psychology, research methods, and psychological assessment and testing methods.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:Substance abuse/addiction counseling
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to help prevent substance abuse, counsel individuals and families with drug and alcohol problems, and perform intervention and therapeutic services for persons suffering from addiction. These programs include courses in individual and group counselling skills, psychology of addiction, sociology, crisis intervention, substance abuse identification methodologies, substance abuse treatment modalities, substance abuse prevention and treatment resources, pharmacology and behavioural aspects of abused substances, treatment evaluation, patient observation and education, group dynamics, professional standards and ethics, and applicable laws and regulations.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
kingstec.info@nscc.ca
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