Family, marriage and other related counsellors (NOC 4153)

High demand occupation

About this job

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Family, marriage and other related counsellors:

  • help people and groups of clients identify, understand and overcome personal problems and achieve personal objectives
  • work for counselling centres, social service agencies, group homes, government agencies, family therapy centres, and health-care and rehabilitation facilities
  • may work in private practice
Common job titles
  • consultant, behavioural
  • consultant, disability / special needs
  • consultant, psychoeducational
  • counsellor, special needs
  • counsellor, vocational rehabilitation
  • counsellor, welfare organization
  • 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.