Job requirements Counsellor For Persons Who Are Intellectually Impaired in Canada
Find out what you typically need to work as a counsellor for persons who are intellectually impaired in Canada. These requirements are applicable to all Family, marriage and other related counsellors (NOC 4153).
This is what you typically need for the job.
- A master's degree in the field of counselling, mental health or a related social service discipline is usually required.
- In Quebec, a master's degree in psychoeducation is required to practise as a psycho-educator.
- An undergraduate degree or college diploma in a social science is required for certain areas of counselling.
- Membership with a provincial association for marriage and family therapists or clinical counsellors is required to use the title "Registered Marriage and Family Therapist" or "Registered Clinical Counsellor", and in Quebec, to use the title "marriage and family therapist (MFT)", "family therapist (FT)" or "marriage therapist (MT)". Membership with a provincial association may be required by some employers.
- In Quebec, membership in the professional association is mandatory for counsellors and psychoeducators.
- Registered marriage and family therapists and registered clinical counsellors must meet strict criteria involving post-graduate education and a period of supervised clinical work with clients.
Professional certification and licensing
You might need to get a certification from a regulatory authority before you start working. Find out if this occupation is regulated in your province or territory.
|Location||Job title||Regulation||Regulatory body|
|Nova Scotia||Counselling Therapist||Regulated||Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists|
|Québec||Marital And Family Therapist||Regulated||Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familliaux du Québec|
|Psycho-educator||Regulated||Ordre des psychoéducateurs et psychoéducatrices du Québec|
|Sexologist||Regulated||Ordre professionnel des sexologues du Québec|
Do you want to work in another province or territory?
If you are already certified to work in a regulated occupation in your province or territory, it will be easier for you to have your certification recognized in another province or territory. See the Workers Mobility's website to learn more.
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