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Family Counseling

Family Counseling Degrees, Psychology Degrees, Counseling Courses


Family Counseling can be appropriate for a variety of different family issues.  Each of us, at every age, is undergoing some degree of change.  Family Counseling can help when the changes in the family lifecycle become a problem.  Adolescence often brings conflict into a family, for example.  Children are often enormously impacted by divorce.  Children are often overwhelmed by Parental Pressure, real or perceived.


As our parents and grandparents live longer lives, dealing with the Elderly Parents in the family can often bring internal conflict to the entire family.  Family Counseling helps to deal with issues such as declining health, care giving and coping with change.


Family Counselors are usually Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs). The Federal Government has designated Marriage and Family Counseling as one of the major mental health professions, along with psychiatry, psychology, social work and psychiatric nursing.  Some people with degrees in Social Work function as family counselors in public health facilities or substance abuse rehabilitation facilities.


Degrees for Careers in Family Counseling


  • Masters in Social Work
  • Masters/Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy

Median Salaries for Family Counselors


Public Agencies

$38,980 (2004)

Private Practice

$95 per hour


Source: U.S. Department of Labor

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