Relational Therapist Training
Behind every successful relational therapist practicing today there is also a thorough and complete education. It is simply not possible to become a relational therapist or any other type of therapist without the proper education. Therapy is a serious thing – it directly affects the lives of individuals, and for this reason, it is not a career that can be entered into lightly. This is especially true for relational therapists who build special, healing bonds with their clients and who also may possess the ability to impact an entire family. These are just a few of the things that make proper training for a career in relational therapy so important.
Relational Therapy Classes:
Unfortunately, colleges and universities do not offer a major in “relational therapy.” Instead, this is usually a subtype of therapy that will be covered if one majors in psychology, sociology, social work, or a related field. Majors in family and marriage therapy do exist and do cover relational therapy very thoroughly, but only those individuals who know for certain that this is the type of counseling they would like to go into should major in this area.
Ideally, one will secure a major and obtain a degree in one of the above mentioned related fields and will take any and all courses that pertain directly to relational therapy. Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree, individuals will need to complete a master’s degree in a field that directly relates to the practice one wishes to pursue. Often times, college advisors can be very helpful in selecting a program and a concentration. One will then need to go on to a doctoral program and, upon completion, seek licensure with his or her state.
Relational Therapy Internships:
Licensure requirements and college and university requirements regarding internships vary greatly. However, every legitimate school and every state will require some supervised internship hours in the field one intends to be employed in. Internships are usually intense and may be paid or unpaid, depending on many factors. While internships are demanding and grueling, they are singlehandedly the best way to get a foot in the door of the world of therapy.
Those who are pursuing relational therapy careers will want to make sure their internship is in a related environment. Often times, one’s internship will play a large role in the types of jobs one will be considered for. Thus, it is extremely important that individuals take the internship very seriously and regard it as a full time job. Some of the most successful relational therapists in the field today report having gone above and beyond the required hours when completing their internships. This is a great way for one to show his or her dedication and willingness to learn. In fact, given the right environment and the right individual, internships will often turn into actual employment.
Every step on the road to becoming a relational therapist should be taken seriously. As evidenced in this article, there are many steps to follow and one cannot progress until he or she has successfully completed all subsequent steps. A career in relational therapy will take years to develop, but providing the work is done well and the person is suited to it, will lead to a fulfilling and rewarding job in relational therapy.