Job description Mental Health Counsellor in Canada

Find out what work is like for a mental health counsellor in Canada. This work description is applicable to all Family, marriage and other related counsellors (NOC 4153).

Family, marriage and other related counsellors


Family, marriage and other related counsellors assist individuals and groups of clients to identify, understand and overcome personal problems and achieve personal objectives. They are employed by counselling centres, social service agencies, group homes, government agencies, family therapy centres, and health care and rehabilitation facilities, or they may work in private practice.

Job duties

  • This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Interview clients, prepare case histories and assess problems
  • Conduct vocational testing and psychometric assessment
  • Develop and implement counselling and intervention programs to assist clients in determining goals and means of attaining them
  • Counsel clients, provide therapy and mediation services, and facilitate group sessions
  • Liaise with community agencies or partners, and identify additional or alternative services and provide referrals
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of counselling programs and interventions, and clients' progress in resolving identified problems and movement toward defined objectives
  • Follow up on results of counselling programs and clients' adjustments
  • Prepare assessment, progress, follow-up and court reports
  • May supervise other counsellors, social service staff and assistants
  • May provide public education and consultation to other professionals or groups regarding counselling services, issues and methods
  • May provide witness testimony in court proceedings
  • May conduct research, publish research papers, educational texts and articles and deliver presentations at conferences.
  • May participate in fundraising activities.
  • Family, marriage and other related counsellors often specialize in dealing with a specific client group such as injured workers, or with specific problems, such as drug and alcohol addiction, marital difficulties or behavioural disorders.

Job titles

  • psychoeducator
  • addictions counsellor
  • rehabilitation counsellor
  • marriage counsellor
  • bereavement counsellor
  • family counsellor
  • sex therapist
  • vocational rehabilitation counsellor
  • child and youth counsellor
  • registered clinical counsellor
  • registered marriage and family therapist

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