NOC 4153 – Family, marriage and other related counselors
alcohol addiction counsellor
child and family counsellor
child and youth counsellor
community mental health counsellor
counselling program supervisor
counsellor for persons who are intellectually impaired
counsellor, child and youth
drug addiction counsellor
eating disorder therapist
family planning counsellor
family therapist (FT)
gambling addictions counsellor
gambling addictions therapist
group home counsellor
human relations officer – family and children’s services
human relations officer – family therapy
marriage and family therapist
marriage and family therapist (MFT)
marriage therapist (MT)
mental health counsellor
registered clinical counsellor
registered family therapist
registered marriage and family therapist
registered marriage therapist
special needs counsellor
supervisor, counselling programs
vocational rehabilitation consultant
vocational rehabilitation counsellor
welfare organization counsellor
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.
A master’s degree in the field of counselling, mental health or a related social service discipline is usually required.
In Quebec, a master’s degree in psychoeducation is required to practise as a psycho-educator.
An undergraduate degree or college diploma in a social science is required for certain areas of counselling.
Membership with a provincial association for marriage and family therapists or clinical counsellors is required to use the title “Registered Marriage and Family Therapist” or “Registered Clinical Counsellor”, and in Quebec, to use the title “marriage and family therapist (MFT)”, “family therapist (FT)” or “marriage therapist (MT)”. Membership with a provincial association may be required by some employers.
In Quebec, membership in the professional association is mandatory for counsellors and psychoeducators.
Registered marriage and family therapists and registered clinical counsellors must meet strict criteria involving post-graduate education and a period of supervised clinical work with clients.
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.
Educational counsellors (4033)
Employment counsellors (4156)
Managers in social, community and correctional services (0423)
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