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Become A Behavior Interventionist

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Working As A Behavior Interventionist

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  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $42,350

    Average Salary

What Does A Behavior Interventionist Do At Easter Seals

* The Interventionist will monitor the development of children in home, the community and/or other natural settings, providing 1:1 specialized behavior intervention services to children, and parent education, according to goals described in the treatment plan.
* Ensure effective communication between all support team members.
* Complete necessary program and participant-related documents and reports.
* Attend meetings as requested

How To Become A Behavior Interventionist

Although most social workers need a bachelor’s degree in social work, clinical social workers must have a master’s degree and 2 years of post-master’s experience in a supervised clinical setting. Clinical social workers must also be licensed in the state in which they practice.


A bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) is the most common requirement for entry-level positions. However, some employers may hire workers who have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as psychology or sociology.

A BSW prepares students for direct-service positions such as caseworker or mental health assistant. These programs teach students about diverse populations, human behavior, social welfare policy, and ethics in social work. All programs require students to complete supervised fieldwork or an internship.

Some positions require a master’s degree in social work (MSW), which generally takes 2 years to complete. Master’s degree programs in social work prepare students for work in their chosen specialty by developing clinical assessment and management skills. All programs require students to complete a supervised practicum or an internship.

A bachelor’s degree in social work is not required in order to enter a master’s degree program in social work. Although a degree in almost any major is acceptable, courses in psychology, sociology, economics, and political science are recommended. Some programs allow graduates with a bachelor’s degree in social work to earn their master’s degree in 1 year.

In 2015, there were more than 500 bachelor’s degree programs and more than 200 master’s degree programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Some universities offer doctoral programs in social work, where students can earn a Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) or a Ph.D. Most doctoral programs in social work require students to have a master’s in social work and experience in the field. Many doctor’s students go on to work as postsecondary teachers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states have licensure or certification requirements for nonclinical social workers. Requirements vary by state.

All states require clinical social workers to be licensed. However, some states provide exemptions for clinical social workers who work in government agencies. Becoming a licensed clinical social worker requires a master’s degree in social work and a minimum of 2 years of supervised clinical experience after graduation. After completing their supervised experience, clinical social workers must pass a clinical exam to be licensed.

Because licensing requirements vary by state, those interested should contact their state board. For more information about regulatory licensure boards by state, contact the Association of Social Work Boards.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Clients talk to social workers about challenges in their lives. To effectively help, social workers must be able to listen to and understand their clients’ needs.

Empathy. Social workers often work with people who are in stressful and difficult situations. To develop strong relationships, they must have compassion and empathy for their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Being able to work with different groups of people is essential for social workers. They need strong people skills to foster healthy and productive relationships with their clients and colleagues.

Organizational skills. Social workers must help and manage multiple clients, often assisting with their paperwork or documenting their treatment.

Problem-solving skills. Social workers need to develop practical and innovative solutions to their clients’ problems.

Time-management skills. Social workers often have many clients and administrative responsibilities. They must effectively manage their time to provide adequate service to all of their clients.

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Behavior Interventionist Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Korean

  • Vietnamese

  • Tagalog

  • Filipino

  • German

  • Amharic

  • Hindi

  • Swedish

  • Khmer

  • Dutch

  • Chinese

  • Somali

  • French

  • Urdu

  • Cantonese

  • Russian

  • Mandarin

  • Albanian

  • Italian

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Real Behavior Interventionist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Middle School Behavior Interventionist San Carlos Unified School District No. 20 San Carlos, AZ Jan 19, 2016 $44,646
Behavior Interventionist Child Counseling & Behavior Therapy Clinic CA Sep 27, 2010 $43,764
Behavior Interventionist Looking Glass Children's Services Culver City, CA Aug 03, 2015 $41,740
Advanced Behavior Interventionist Autism Spectrum Therapies Monrovia, CA Oct 01, 2012 $40,697
Behavior Interventionist Focus Educational Programming Specialists Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 01, 2015 $37,566
Behavior Interventionist Focus Educational Programming Specialists Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 01, 2014 $37,566
Behavior Interventionist Intercare Therapy, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 03, 2012 $36,689
Special Education Behavior Interventionist/Therapi Spartanburg County School District Six Roebuck, SC Mar 15, 2012 $36,140
Behavior Interventionist Intercare Theraphy, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 09, 2016 $35,479
Behavior Interventionist Intercare Therapy, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jan 09, 2016 $35,479
Behavior Interventionist Intercare Therapy, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 01, 2013 $35,479

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Top Skills for A Behavior Interventionist


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Top Behavior Interventionist Skills

  1. ABA
  2. Behavior Analysis
  3. Autism Spectrum Disorder
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Use ABA to work on behavior and work with parents and program manager.
  • Utilized Applied Behavior Analysis based teaching strategies.
  • Educated mental health staff on appropriate interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Used Applied Behavior Analysis strategies with students to improve communication, social skills, and academics.
  • Set goals for behavioral changes, monitor the client, assess progress and modify behavioral plans if necessary.

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