Marriage and family counsellors provide counselling to help families, couples and individuals resolve interpersonal difficulties, develop effective and satisfactory relationships and build meaningful support systems (alis). Marriage and Family Therapists view problems in complex and holistic ways, examining relationships and interactions as significant components of health and optimal functioning. (Canadian Association of Marriage and Family Therapists). 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 (NOC).

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Marriage and family therapists have at least a master's degree in marriage and family therapy, social work, psychology or a related discipline (alis). The University of Manitoba does not offer an MMFT (Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy). Students interested in pursuing an MMFT may complete the required undergraduate study at the University of Manitoba before applying to an accredited program at another school. In Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg offers a non-thesis Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy. 

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Information for foreign-trained Marriage and Family Therapists - Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials

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