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Top 30 Marriage and Family Therapist Interview Questions

Question 1 of 30
How did you first become interested in counseling and therapy?
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"tell us about yourself."
This question is similar to "tell us about yourself." Tell the interviewer what it was that made you decide to pursue your Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. Whether is was guidance from a family member or a counseling class you took in college, share a brief personal story that shows why you chose the career.
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Question 2 of 30
Do you take your work home with you? Or do you leave it at the office?
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"I'm able to keep my work at the office because I choose to fill my off time with family, friends and my hobbies."
The interviewer is asking you this question to see if you allow your work to affect you. Because we are all human, you may find times that an appointment with a client may affect you personally. Tell the interviewer that you leave your work at the office and find ways to manage your stress after hours with healthy choices.
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Question 3 of 30
What kind of evaluation process do you use to recommend a treatment plan?
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Question 4 of 30
What are the measurable criteria you use to assess how well treatment is working?
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Question 5 of 30
What psychotherapeutic approaches and tools do you use?
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Question 6 of 30
How long do your counseling sessions last?
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Question 7 of 30
How do you decide which approach is best for the patient? Do you ever use more than one approach? When?
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Question 8 of 30
How do you help your couples set goals?
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Question 9 of 30
How do you involve key family members or friends?
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Question 10 of 30
Why should we hire you?
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Question 11 of 30
Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't read from your resume.
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Question 12 of 30
What is your communication style?
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Question 13 of 30
What is your greatest strength?
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Question 14 of 30
What would your most recent supervisor say about you?
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Question 15 of 30
Why are you interested in this agency?
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Question 16 of 30
How would you describe your treatment style?
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Question 17 of 30
Tell me about your education.
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Question 18 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 19 of 30
What type of patients do you typically work best with?
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Question 20 of 30
What types of patient is most difficult for you?
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Question 21 of 30
What are your career goals?
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Question 22 of 30
Can you tell me about your background and training in marriage and family therapy?
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Question 23 of 30
What percentage of your practice is marriage therapy?
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Question 24 of 30
How do you see the importance of keeping a marriage together when there are problems?
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Question 25 of 30
Are you part of a professional association that credentials marriage and family therapists?
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Question 26 of 30
What counseling issues do you feel you are best trained to handle?
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Question 27 of 30
What counseling issues do you prefer to refer to another therapist?
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Question 28 of 30
Are you reachable in a crisis?
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Question 29 of 30
What other centers have you applied to?
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Question 30 of 30
What did you like most about your previous position?
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About Marriage and Family Therapist

August 15th, 2017

As a Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs), you are a mental health professional trained in psychotherapy and family systems and licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders within the context of marriage, couples, and family systems. You treat a wide range of serious clinical problems including depression, marital problems, anxiety, individual psychological problems, and child-parent problems. Your therapy is brief, solution-focused, specific, with attainable therapeutic goals and designed with the 'end in mind.'

As a Marriage and Family Therapist, you have a Master's or Doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy and at least two years of clinical experience. Your background may include psychology, psychiatry, social work, nursing, pastoral counseling, or education. Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance are necessary to be a successful Marriage and Family Therapist. You will exercise your active listening, social perceptiveness, inductive and deductive reasoning.

To prepare for your interview you'll want to brush up on your behavioral questions and answers. Because your career field is based on asking your clients behavioral questions, the interviewer will be testing your ability to calmly answer their questions and provide effective feedback. Be sure not to divulge patient information or answer any of their questions negatively. If you are a new graduate, tell the interviewer about your internship. If you've provided supervision or have been in a leadership position tell the interviewer how you mentored jr. Marriage and Family Therapist interns and your fellow coworkers.

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