What is a Family Counselor?

Family Counselor Job Description

Family counselors seek to help families resolve their difficulties and develop stronger relationships by providing counseling services.



Typical Job Duties

• Identify the causes of the family’s issues, such as abuse, addiction, stress, absence, mental health problems or other

• Assist clients in adapting their train of thought and behaviours by asking questions of an inflective nature

• Help clients identify, express and manage feelings and behaviour in a healthy manner

• Refer clients to other professionals and resources as needed

• Teach parents age appropriate and effective parenting techniques

• Assist families in identifying their current relationship strengths, skills and resources

• Assist families in identifying, confronting and resolving their problems, while ensuring to do so in a constructive manner

• Maintain detailed client files and confidentiality



Scholarships for Becoming a Family Counselor

The Applicable Majors section below shows fields of study relevant to a career as a Family Counselor. You can search for scholarships matched to those fields of study on our All Scholarships by Major page.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!



Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point for becoming a Family Counselor. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


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