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What types of Family Therapy programs are in Idaho?

Family therapy is a rewarding vocation to choose. The education that you receive will prepare you for the challenges that you will face as a family therapist. You will be learning the skills needed to make a great impact on other people's lives. You can work many ways towards making this a career for yourself.

Understanding some of your education options will be able to put you ahead of the game when you’re looking to start your family therapy program. You can start at either university, or at a community college, to get all the prerequisite requirements out of the way; you’ll need to reach the minimum level of a master’s degree to become a professional and licensed therapist. Most states, Idaho included will require that you complete a specific amount of hours to work up to becoming a fully licensed therapist this time is spent with someone who already has had there license, and meets the states needs as a supervisor. The supervisor will be responsible for making sure that you are doing what is needed for the patient.

When it comes to your education, you will also have the choice of taking classes online. Often times the local colleges, and universities will offer courses that you can take within their system. There is also the option of online schools in general. You will want to consider what type of accreditation they have and make sure that you are using a reputable school. In addition, if they do not offer a graduate degree you will need to make sure that the credits that you earn there are transferable to another university, or graduate school before you make the choice to go there. Don’t just jump at the first option that you see make sure you are doing the required research.

For Idaho, the supervision time requirement is at least two thousand hours, wherein those two thousand hours must be finished within a two-year period; this is then further broken down.

Half of the time must be spent in direct client contact hours, where you work with the patients, of couples and families. Two hundred hours of supervision, there are many other conditions you will have to meet. Including things like your supervision is required to use audio or video, or live supervision, and you will of course be required to pass the national examination for marriage and family therapy.

Once you have met the requirements you can look into what field you want to work in. You have multiple options with the degree you receive. When you have your Marriage and family therapy license, you can apply for positions that work with children and families in a private practice setting, where you work in an office with other therapists. Another option would be to work with the state government positions; those would be another choice to apply to. Jobs that are often included in this section of the field are things like working for a correctional facility, or working at a state college. If you are more interested in working with local people local government would be another choice to apply for. 

When you participate in a program that offers you the education required to work in the marriage and family counseling area you will have more choices in jobs that you can apply for. Though there is never a promise of a job, the more education you can achieve the more opportunities you will have to apply to different types of jobs, ones that would have previously not been open to you.