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What steps should I take to become a marriage and family therapist?

I am a psychology major and I love poetry. Through poetry I was able to find love for this science. #psychology #counseling #therapy #career

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Valerie’s Answer

This is a very rewarding field with a great long term outlook! Go to the website for the Occupational Outlook Handbook which is bls.org.
This is an abbreviation for the Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Scroll down the list and click on Marriage and Family Therapist. Voila!!! You will see everything you want to know about this field such as typical salary (about $51,000 per year), future job projections, working conditions, how to get your license, entry requirements (you can enter the field with a Bachelor’s degree but must secure a Masters degree ultimately in psychology, counseling, marriage and family therapy, etc. ). One of the great things about this field is that there are plenty of opportunities to work from home
and many seniors continue to work in this field from home as they age.
You will see everything you need to know by visiting that site!!! Good luck!!!!!!

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Arshia’s Answer

Hi Tamia,

Thank you for your question. A career as a Marriage and Family Therapist is a rewarding one where you are able to work with individuals, groups, children, families, couples, etc. Although there is no undergraduate prerequisites to apply to a MFT program, most undergraduates generally pursue majors in the social sciences, such as Psychology, like yourself. As you begin your junior year, I recommend you start looking into graduate programs that may be of interest to you. Attending information sessions is very helpful, as you can meet with current students and staff members to discuss and analyze whether the school and program is the right fit for you. Once you enter graduate school, you must complete the coursework along with practicums/internships for hands-on experience. You will then need to apply for licensure. Graduate school will prep you and give you detailed guidance on this crucial step.

Best of luck to you on your journey!

With gratitude,
Arshia

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Research MFT graduate programs
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Hassan’s Answer

Starting with a Psych major should help you get there.

http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mhp/mftlic.htm has all the NY requirements.

Looks like you'd need a Master's or higher degree from a program in an allied mental health field acceptable to the Department, 1,500 client contact hours providing Marriage and Family Therapy, and must pass the "Examination in Marital and Family Therapy."
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