Family, Marriage, and Other Related Counsellors

(NOC 4153)

in All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

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 Outlook

Good

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 170 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 4880 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

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)

Hourly Pay

$18.00

Minimum

$21.74

Median

$38.46

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,229

Minimum

$40,182

Median

$80,622

Maximum

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

Hourly Pay

$14.00

Minimum

$26.88

Median

$46.15

Maximum

Annual Pay

$5,616

Minimum

$44,335

Median

$92,599

Maximum

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.

By the numbers

Quick look

635

employed in 2016

79.1%

employed full-time

11.8%

self employed

76.6%
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23.4%
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44.4

median age

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

55,420

employed in 2016

79.3%

employed full-time

6.5%

self employed

64.0%
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36%
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43.5

median age

Where will I likely work?

53.1%

Halifax

17.9%

Northern

11.0%

Cape Breton

9.7%

Annapolis Valley

9.0%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

81.3%

Health Care and Social Assistance

7.0%

Public Administration

6.3%

Other Services

2.3%

Educational Services

1.6%

Retail Trade

What is the age of Employment?

42.2%

45-54

26.6%

35-44

17.2%

25-34

7.8%

55-64

4.7%

15-24

3.1%

65+

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

36.6%

35-44

29.3%

45-54

24.4%

55-64

4.9%

25-34

4.9%

65+

Top levels of education

30.7%

Bachelor's degree

$62,816 median annual income
29.2%

Doctorate

N/A
18.2%

College certificate or diploma

$49,501 median annual income
8.0%

High school

$47,951 median annual income
4.4%

University certificate or diploma

$53,942 median annual income

Compared to: All Education, Law, Government, Social and Community Services

29.2%

Bachelor's degree

$43,533 median annual income
21.5%

College certificate or diploma

$28,183 median annual income
17.2%

Master's degree

$35,978 median annual income
14.3%

High school

$25,801 median annual income
4.6%

Doctorate

$60,991 median annual income

Education & training

Applied behaviour analysis

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

50 Elliott Road

Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0

(902) 825-3491

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Applied psychology

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Community health services/liaison/counselling

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Human development and family studies - General

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

Marriage and family therapy/counseling

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

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.

Physiological psychology/psychobiology

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Psychology - General

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

University of King's College

6350 Coburg Road

Halifax, NS B3H 2A1

(902) 422-1271

Mount Saint Vincent University

166 Bedford Highway

Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

(902) 457-6117

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street

Halifax, NS B3H 3C3

(902) 420-5400

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Substance abuse/addiction counseling

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

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
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

Contacts

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
114-223 Colonnade Road S
Ottawa, ON K2E 7K3
Tel: (877) 765-5565
Fax: (613) 237-9786
Canadian Professional Counsellors Association
203-3306 - 32nd Avenue
Vernon, BC V1T 2M6
Tel: (888) 945-2722
Fax: (250) 558-3369

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