Family Psychology

Family psychology involves the study and treatment of the family unit. Graduates can pursue careers as marriage and family counselors, school psychologists or researchers. Read on to determine if this is a field you're interested in pursuing.

Inside Family Psychology

Family psychologists treat families and individuals, helping to solve and prevent problems within the family unit. This area of psychology studies the family as a system, analyzing behaviors, communication patterns and emotional responses among family members. Family psychologists provide counseling on marriage and divorce, abuse, bereavement, parenting and adoption.

Education Information

A doctoral degree program is the most common option in family psychology. However, within psychology bachelor's and master's degree programs, some schools may offer specializations in family psychology. Common graduate-level courses may cover child development, marriage and family communications, human development over a lifespan, therapy techniques and counseling skills. Students typically have to complete clinical work throughout the program. The following pages provide information about some of the degree programs you can pursue in family psychology and related fields.

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