Marriage and Family Therapists

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    Taxonomy Code: YO-5000.5000

    Individuals who help couples and families who are having problems with family relationships or other aspects of their social functioning that affect the family unit. They address a wide array of relationship issues such as divorce, family violence, blended stepfamilies, caring for an elderly parent, or childbearing and parenting; and diagnose and treat mental and nervous disorders and problems within the family system. In so doing, they modify perceptions and behavior, enhance communication and understanding among family members and help to prevent family and individual crisis. Marriage and family therapists consult with all involved in the problem including parents, spouses, children, friends, school personnel, social services, community agencies and the courts.

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