CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Marriage and Family Therapists

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Marriage and Family Therapists
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, whether cognitive, affective, or behavioral, within the context of marriage and family systems. Apply psychotherapeutic and family systems theories and techniques in the delivery of services to individuals, couples, and families for the purpose of treating such diagnosed nervous and mental disorders. Ask questions that will help clients identify their feelings and behaviors.
 
Counsel clients on concerns, such as unsatisfactory relationships, divorce and separation, child rearing, home management, and financial difficulties.
 
Encourage individuals and family members to develop and use skills and strategies for confronting their problems in a constructive manner.
 
Maintain case files that include activities, progress notes, evaluations, and recommendations.
 
Collect information about clients, using techniques such as testing, interviewing, discussion, and observation.
 
Develop and implement individualized treatment plans addressing family relationship problems.
 
Determine whether clients should be counseled or referred to other specialists in such fields as medicine, psychiatry, and legal aid.
 
Confer with clients to develop plans for posttreatment activities.
 
Confer with other counselors in order to analyze individual cases and to coordinate counseling services.
 
Follow up on results of counseling programs and clients' adjustments to determine effectiveness of programs.
 
Provide instructions to clients on how to obtain help with legal, financial, and other personal issues.
 
Gather information from doctors, schools, social workers, juvenile counselors, law enforcement personnel, and others to make recommendations to courts for resolution of child custody or visitation disputes.
 
Provide public education and consultation to other professionals or groups regarding counseling services, issues, and methods.
 
Supervise other counselors, social service staff, and assistants.
 
Provide family counseling and treatment services to inmates participating in substance abuse programs.
 
Write evaluations of parents and children for use by courts deciding divorce and custody cases, testifying in court if necessary.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Marriage and Family Therapists
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
Philosophy and Theology Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Marriage and Family Therapists
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Marriage and Family Therapists
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Marriage and Family Therapists
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Advantage Software Psych Advantage Medical software
 
American Medical Billing Software PMA Medical software
 
Anasazi Software Client Data System Medical software
 
Beaver Creek Software The THERAPIST Medical software
 
Blueberry Harbor Software Clinical Record Keeper Medical software
 
Care Paths eRecord Medical software
 
Casamba SmartClinic Medical software
 
Cornucopia Software Practice MAGIC Medical software
 
DocuTrac QuicDoc Medical software
 
EZ2Bill Confidant Medical software
 
EZClaim Healthcare Software EZClaim Advanced Medical Billing Medical software
 
Intuit QuickBooks software Accounting software
 
McKesson Medisoft software Medical software
 
Mdansby The PsychReport Medical software
 
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Netsmart Technologies Helper Medical software
 
PM/2 Clinical Planner Medical software
 
PracticePRO Software Systems QuickPractice Medical software
 
Saner Software ShrinkRapt Medical software
 
SumTime Software SumTime Medical software
 
Synergistic Office Solutions SOS Case Manager Medical software
 
TheraManager Medical software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
Computer laser printers Laser printers
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Doll houses Doll houses
 
Dolls Dolls
 
Hand puppets Stuffed animals or puppets
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Multi-line telephone systems Special purpose telephones
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Personal digital assistants PDA Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
 
Photocopying equipment Photocopiers
 
Toy block sets Building blocks
 
Videoconferencing equipment Videoconferencing systems
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Marriage and Family Therapists
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Master's Degree
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
On-the-Job Training Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Marriage and Family Therapists
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Behavior Therapist
Behavioral Analyst
Behavioral Specialist
Behavioral Therapist
Child and Family Counselor
Clinical Services Director
Clinical Therapist
Clinician
Couples Therapist
Family Counselor
Family Therapist
Group Counselor
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Marriage Counselor
Marriage Therapist
Marriage and Family Counselor
Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT)
Mental Health Therapist
Play Therapist
Psychiatric Social Worker
Psychologist
Psychotherapist
Relationship Counselor
Therapist
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Psychology
Benchmark Title: Marriage and Family Therapists
 
 
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