Family and Relationship Therapists have a basic qualification in counselling, health or welfare and further post-graduate training and supervision in family and/or relationship therapy. They may be psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, or counsellors. What distinguishes family and relationship therapists is their particular interest in working with the relationships between people and the many ways these relationships influence peoples’ lives, as well as the way problems impact on relationships, within and across generations. Family and relationship therapists have specialised skills in engaging families and working together with all members of the family in a non-blaming way. They may also work with individuals, couples or organisational groups. Family and relationship therapists acknowledge both traditional and non-traditional concepts of family. Family and relationship therapists practice in many settings: hospitals, private clinics, schools, small and large organisations, telephone counselling – just about anywhere that you are likely to find a therapist, you may find a family or relationship therapist.
Member Associations within this Section:
Australian Association of Relationship Counsellors
Queensland Association for Family Therapy
Australian Association of Family Therapy