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Masters degree in Marriage and Family Counseling

Learn more about the MS in Marriage and Family Counseling and what it can do for your career

masters marriage and family counselor

The plethora of jokes created at the expense of marriage problems and family issues is overwhelming. Sitcom after sitcom base their entire themes on the subject of marital and family dysfunctions.

However, for those not living on a Hollywood set, issues and arguments that lead to distance between family members, to substance abuse, and mental anguish are no laughing matter.

Masters programs in Marriage and Family Counseling provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to help couples and families navigate through the difficult times that arise in the normal process of life and the human experience.

What you will learn

Specifically, a Masters degree program in Marriage and Family Counseling will provide you with knowledge in most if not all of the following areas:

  • Family systems theories
  • Techniques of psychotherapy
  • Diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders
  • Analyze problems within family systems
  • Human development and behavior
  • Research methodology
  • Principles of psychopathology
  • Foundations of addictive and compulsive behavior
  • Theories of personality development
  • Professional ethics and codes of conduct for counselors and therapists
  • Group & individual counseling methodologies
  • Career development and life planning
  • Multicultural issues in counseling
  • Human sexuality
  • Child and adolescent counseling

Salary Benefits

Below is a table created by May of 2008 Occupational Employment Statistics from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS)1:

Career

Median Salary

Average of top 10%

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

$39,670 $59,460

Marriage & Family Counselors

$46,930 $70,830

Mental Health Counselors

$40,270 $63,100

Career possibilities for those with a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Counseling

  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Mental health counselor
  • Marriage and family counselor/therapist
  • Community college instructor

Resources:
1 BLS Statistics from 2008

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