There are many different occupations that include the role of counselling. Some of these can be noted in the 'Related Occupations' list at the bottom of this page.  It's important to note that for some counselling occupations and positions there may be a range of appropriate professional or educational pathways. Factors that may influence the counselling occupation and training program you choose are: the type of organization you want to work for, your preferred timeline for training/schooling, areas of specialization (what issues you'd like to help people with), personal philosophies or preferred approaches, and the demographic of people that you'd like to help.

Counsellors who provide psychotherapy have a range of educational backgrounds and may choose a specific area of practice.  More information about areas of work and specific disciplines of study can be found on the following occupational profile pages:

Marriage and Family Therapist
Religious/Spiritual Leaders & Professionals
School and Guidance Counsellor
Social Worker 
Addictions Counsellor (OCCinfo by alis)

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    Most Mental Health Counselling occupations require graduate school (ONET Online). The University of Manitoba provides education in some, but not all counseling specializations or pathway options. Five common educational pathways that prepare students for a career in mental health counselling are: Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy (MMFT) Graduate Studies, including a PsyD, in Clinical and Counselling Psychology; Masters in Social Work, M.A. in Counselling, and M.Ed. Counselling Psychology. 

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