Family, marriage and other related counsellors (NOC 4153)

High opportunity occupation

About this job

Family, marriage and other related counsellors help people and groups identify, understand and overcome personal problems and achieve personal objectives.

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Registered clinical counsellor

Family, marriage and other related counsellors may work in private practice or work for:

  • counselling centres
  • social service agencies
  • group homes
  • government agencies
  • family therapy centres
  • health-care and rehabilitation facilities
Common job titles
  • consultant, behavioural
  • consultant, disability / special needs
  • consultant, psychoeducational
  • counsellor / therapist, addictions
  • counsellor, bereavement / grief
  • counsellor, child / youth / family


Family, marriage and other related counsellors:

  • interview clients, prepare case histories and assess problems
  • do vocational testing and psychometric assessment
  • develop and put in place counselling and intervention programs to help clients set and achieve goals
  • counsel clients, provide therapy and mediation services, and run group sessions
  • coordinate 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 their goals
  • 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

Special duties

Family, marriage and other related counsellors often specialize in dealing with a specific client group such as: injured workers, people with drug and alcohol addiction, people with marital difficulties or people with behavioural disorders.

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in an office setting.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Counsellors usually become specialized in a particular area through training and experience.
Progression to social service management positions is possible with additional training and experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.