In a typical work setting, marriage and family therapists:
- Have a very high level of social interaction. They talk with patients extensively in person, over the telephone, and using e-mail.
- Occasionally write letters and memos.
- Are frequently placed in conflict situations in which patients may be upset or angry. On rare occasions deal with patients who might be physically aggressive.
- Work as part of a team or group of therapists.
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- Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of others.
Physical Work Conditions
- Work indoors in offices.
- May work physically near others, such as when sharing an office with patients.
- Must be accurate when diagnosing problems and advising patients on how to make changes. Patients seek good input and sound advice.
- Make decisions on a daily basis that strongly impact patients and their families. They rarely consult with a supervisor or coworkers before making decisions.
- Are usually able to set their tasks for the day without consulting with coworkers or a supervisor.
- Work in a moderately stressful environment and meet daily and weekly deadlines.
- Generally work full time, 40 hours per week.
- Sometimes have a flexible schedule. Therapists can set appointments according to their wishes. However, they often meet patients in the evenings to accommodate their schedules.