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Family Therapy Schools:

If a person is interested in becoming a family therapist, he or she will most definitely have to have an educational background in family therapy. Every job in the field will require at least a bachelor’s degree, while other, more advanced positions will demand graduate or masters degrees. When choosing a family therapy school and program, prospective students must be sure to go with one that is properly accredited. Getting a degree from the wrong school can render that degree virtually useless.

When a student is pursuing educational study beyond a bachelor’s degree, the student will need to be sure that the school is approved by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) as well. The licensing body associated with the AAMFT is the Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). COAMFTE keeps an extensive, constantly updated list of approved schools and programs by state. This listing can be found online by visiting the AAMFT’s official website.

Aside from just being accredited, a good school will also offer a program that meets the student’s exact interests. If a person already knows what kind of work he or she would like to do, specialized programs should also be offered. Furthermore, a school should have a good record of program graduates who have obtained work in the field, and it should have a good reputation in the general therapeutic and psychological communities. Going to a school that is not well reputed can make it difficult to secure work upon graduation.

Family Therapy Degrees:

Just as choosing the correct school is important, students must also be sure they are going after the degree that is right for them and that will help them to accomplish their personal and career goals. The best way to choose a degree is for a student to first have a good idea of what kind of work he or she would like to pursue. The degree necessary for becoming a marriage therapist, for example, will be different than the degree necessary for becoming a family substance abuse counselor. Usually, undergraduate degrees can be more general, though they should preferably be related to the therapy field, but any further study should be in a highly specialized area related to career goals.

Prior to choosing a degree, students will need to research several different careers. They should honestly assess whether or not they would be able to handle all the demands and responsibilities of that particular program and whether or not the nature of the work is well suited to their own strengths and weaknesses. Only after careful consideration and thought should a person choose a degree path. A lot of time and money will be put into the pursuance of the degree, so this decision should never be entered into lightly. Once a person has taken the time to do background research on schools and degrees, he or she will be much more likely to be satisfied with the ultimate outcome of the educational endeavor.