Many family therapists are also clergy, social workers, psychiatrists, or clinical psychologists that are recognized and credentialed by a marriage and family board. The education qualifications are a master’s or doctorate (Psy.D. or Ph.D.) in marriage and family therapy (Frey, 2006). It is also required to have clinical experience and even internships within the field.
Keeping in mind that I am a communications major, this career actually finds a way to complement it. In order to assess and treat a family, it is necessary to observe their behaviors, or how they communicate. Using clues from the way each member communicates will essentially tell the therapist what they need to know. Learning body language, speech patterns and other indicators are a big part of my major, and of a family therapy career. Communication and most forms of psychology go hand in hand, so the study is of great importance to any careers within