Family counselors provide counseling services to family members regarding a range of social/personal topics; they may offer support to individuals, but also work with groups as needed.
Family counselors are generally responsible for conducting regular assessments, collecting important information from clients, and providing referrals to those who need further help. They must always respect privacy and safety regulations and keep sensible information to themselves unless it must be reported to particular individuals or entities.
Strong communication skills are important in this position to provide advice and counseling in a variety of life matters, work with other local organizations, and redirect clients to appropriate resources. They occasionally conduct outreach programs and provide talks to large groups, and always write reports based on their progress for future reference. They may also interview and build rapport with family members.
Family counselors should be organized and pay close attention to detail so as not to miss critical information when working with clients. They may implement family interaction activities and assist clients in improving their communication and interpersonal skills. They always strive to better families in a variety of ways and often serve as a liaison between family members, as well. Some in this position may also conduct presentations during seminars and answer specific questions from attendees.
A bachelor's degree in counseling, psychology, social services, or a related field is generally required for this position, and prior work experience as a counselor is highly beneficial.