Family, marriage and related counsellors

Family, marriage and related counsellors

NOC
4153

- Family, marriage and other related counsellors

Assist individuals and groups to identify, understand and overcome personal and relationship problems and achieve personal objectives. This group includes addictions counsellors.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

40
 

Median Hourly Wage

$21.49
$14.80
Low
$38.46
High

Median Salary

$26,335
 

Typically Required

University

Employed

465
 

% Working Full Time

73%
 

% Working Full Year

53%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Family, marriage and other related counsellors assist individuals and groups of clients to identify, understand and overcome personal problems and achieve personal objectives. 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.

Main 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.

Also Known As

  • addictions counsellor
  • bereavement counsellor
  • child and youth counsellor
  • family counsellor
  • marriage counsellor
  • registered clinical counsellor
  • registered marriage and family therapist
  • rehabilitation counsellor
  • sex therapist
  • vocational rehabilitation counsellor
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • 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.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

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77.9%
Female
22.1%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

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11.8%
15-24
14.5%
25-34
21.0%
35-44
32.9%
45-54
13.2%
55-64
6.6%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
13.3%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
6.7%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
29.3%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
50.7%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

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81.8%
Health care and social assistance
5.2%
Professional, scientific and technical services
3.9%
Educational services
9.1%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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15.80%
Northeast
39.50%
Southeast
18.40%
Southwest
21.10%
Central
5.30%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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$28,631
Northeast
$30,143
Southeast
$25,794
Southwest
$23,907
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available
No Data Available

Southwest

$21.49
$14.35
Low
$38.46
High
No Data Available
No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$26,335

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$36,579

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$26,335

Newfoundland

$54,711

Prince Edward Island

$56,349

Nova Scotia

$40,239

Canada

$47,050
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

40
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

6
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

34
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

136
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

20
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

115