As the rate of divorce in the United States continues to rise, and sits well over 50 percent, more and more couples are turning to marriage counseling and family therapy as a last effort to preventing the dissolution of their union. If you are considering a degree in social services or therapy services, you may want to consider how you can make an impact with a marriage and family therapy degree.
In many college degree programs, specialties in therapy can often be found. While speech therapy, occupational therapy, and even mental health therapy services are quite common as a niche in college curriculums, there has recently been an addition of marriage and family therapy degree programs. When considering your options, be sure to look for a college that offers this type of program if you have a desire to enter into family health and family social service.
It is important to keep in mind, when considering college options, that your education should include a hands-on approach to education in addition to observation directly associated with therapy in family services. To do this, a distance learning program with a marriage and family therapy degree will not be a positive step. With a distance learning degree in this specialty, many therapy clinics and therapists will not be so inclined to hire you as there will be lack of classroom and hands-on experience.
In the realm of therapy services, we often do not think of family therapy or marriage therapy as a viable option. But, much like music therapy or art therapy degree programs, these types of degrees are becoming increasingly more common as the career opportunities are in greater demand. As the divorce rate and marital discord continues to rise, and as more and more families constitute non-traditional relationships and marital discord, a degree in marriage and family counseling services will ensure career stability.
If you are looking for a career change, or just starting out in your new adventures in the healthcare sector, be sure to consider the type of therapy you have a passion for and look for those opportunities that will give you the greatest opportunities for success.
Sources: The Marriage Clinic, by John Mordechai Gottman