When relationships are challenged, family therapy can be an effective way to bring diverse family members together. Counselors work in a variety of settings, from schools and hospitals to private offices. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that job opportunities in counseling are favorable, with a job growth rate of 22.1% for mental health and substance abuse counselors through 2031. When considering a counseling degree, it's important to keep an open mind and explore all the options available. Traditional counseling programs and online counseling degrees both offer a variety of specialties.
You don't need to choose a specialty before starting the counseling master's program, although many students attend their counseling programs with one in mind. The California Physicians Service (DBA Blue Shield of California) is an independent member of the Blue Shield Association and offers a variety of counseling and support groups and educational workshops in the fall, winter and spring quarters (and occasionally during the summer).