Online coursework can prepare students for careers as family and marriage therapists

Online coursework can prepare students for careers as family and marriage therapists.
Online coursework can prepare students for careers as family and marriage therapists.

Licensed counselors need a master's degree in order to be able to gain certification to practice, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Over the next seven years, the counseling field is expected to grow by 18 percent.

Of these professionals, marriage and family therapy (MFT) professionals are increasingly recognized and accepted. These therapists earned a median annual wage of $44,590 in May of 2008, the BLS notes. Employment opportunities in this field are predicted to expand by 14 percent over the next seven years.

Requirements for licensing may differ from state to state. For instance, in Florida, marriage and family therapists must have completed at least 36 semester hours of graduate coursework in nine areas, including the history of marriage therapy, psychopathology and psychosocial theories.

Some colleges offer web-based professional psychology degrees with concentrations in MFT. However, a number of institutions are beginning to offer online master's degrees specifically in the field.

Students who seek out these web-based courses can train in professional mediation, couple's counseling and family interventions. They might also choose to research alternate therapy models and proper assessment of family dynamics.

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