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Working As A Behavior Interventionist

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $41,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Behavior Interventionist Do

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors advise people who suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, or other behavioral problems. They provide treatment and support to help the client recover from addiction or modify problem behaviors.

Duties

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors typically do the following:

  • Evaluate clients’ mental and physical health, addiction, or problem behavior and assess their readiness for treatment
  • Help clients develop treatment goals and plans
  • Review and recommend treatment options with clients and their families
  • Help clients develop skills and behaviors necessary to recover from their addiction or modify their behavior
  • Work with clients to identify behaviors or situations that interfere with their recovery
  • Teach families about addiction or behavior disorders and help them develop strategies to cope with those problems
  • Refer clients to other resources and services, such as job placement services and support groups
  • Conduct outreach programs to help people identify the signs of addiction and other destructive behavior, as well as steps to take to avoid such behavior

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors, also called addiction counselors, work with clients individually and in group sessions. Many incorporate the principles of 12-step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) to guide their practice. They teach clients how to cope with stress and life’s problems in ways that help them recover. Furthermore, they help clients rebuild professional relationships and, if necessary, reestablish their career. They also help clients improve their personal relationships and find ways to discuss their addiction or other problems with family and friends.

Some addiction counselors work in facilities that employ many types of healthcare and mental health professionals. Addiction counselors may work with psychiatrists, social workers, physicians, and registered nurses to develop treatment plans and coordinate care for patients.

Some counselors work with clients who have been ordered by a judge to receive treatment for addiction. Others work with specific populations, such as teenagers, veterans, or people with disabilities. Some specialize in crisis intervention; these counselors step in when someone is endangering his or her own life or the lives of others. Other counselors specialize in noncrisis interventions, which encourage a person with addictions or other issues to get help. Noncrisis interventions often are performed at the request of friends and family.

Some substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors work in private practice, where they work alone or with a group of counselors or other professionals. These counselors manage their practice as a business. This includes working with clients and insurance companies to receive payment for their services. In addition, they market their practice to bring in new clients.

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How To Become A Behavior Interventionist

Most positions require a bachelor’s degree. However, depending on the employer, educational requirements can vary from a high school diploma and certification to a master’s degree.

Education

Most positions require a bachelor’s degree. However, depending on the employer, educational requirements can vary from a high school diploma and certification to a master’s degree. Workers with more education are able to provide more services to their clients, such as private one-on-one counseling sessions, and they require less supervision than those with less education. Those interested should research their state’s educational requirements.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors in private practice must be licensed. Licensing requirements vary by state, but all states require a master’s degree and 2,000 to 4,000 hours of supervised clinical experience. In addition, counselors must pass a state-issued exam and complete continuing education every year. Contact information for your state's regulating board can be found through the National Board for Certified Counselors.

The licensure or certification criteria for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors outside of private practice vary from state to state. For example, not all states require a specific degree, but many require applicants to pass an exam. Contact information for your state’s licensing board can be found through the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors often work with people who are dealing with stressful and difficult situations, so they must be compassionate and empathize with their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors must be able to work with different types of people. They spend most of their time working directly with clients or other professionals and must be able to develop and nurture good relationships.

Listening skills. Good listening skills are essential for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors. They need to give their full attention to a client to be able to understand that client’s problems and values.

Patience. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors must be able to remain calm when working with all types of clients, including those who may be distressed or angry.

Speaking skills. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors need to be able to effectively communicate with clients. They must express ideas and information in a way that their clients easily understand.

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Behavior Interventionist Career Paths

Behavior Interventionist
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Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Tutor Team Leader Case Manager
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Tutor Consultant Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Behavior Technician Behavioral Specialist Clinician
Clinical Case Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Behavior Technician Behavioral Specialist Adjunct Professor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Behavior Technician Behavioral Specialist Therapist
Clinical Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Instructor Team Leader Program Director
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Instructor Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Counselor Consultant Program Manager
Service Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Counselor Therapist Case Manager
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Counselor Lead Teacher Program Director
Director Of Program Services
8 Yearsyrs
Nanny Senior Technician Specialist Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
10 Yearsyrs
Nanny Lead Teacher Program Director
Director Of Residential Services
7 Yearsyrs
Nanny Lead Teacher Assistant Director
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Therapist Social Work Supervisor
Director Of Social Work
6 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Program Coordinator Clinician
Clinical Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Clinician Residential Supervisor
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Instructional Assistant Teacher Education Consultant
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
Marriage And Family Therapist Clinical Supervisor Center Director
Director Of Family Service Center
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$41,000
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$31,000
Min 10%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
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$41,000
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$41,000
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Median 50%
$55,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
Burlingame, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.5 years
How much does a Behavior Interventionist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Behavior Interventionist in the United States is $41,564 per year or $20 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $31,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $55,000.

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

  1. ABA
  2. Behavioral Issues
  3. Group Therapy Sessions
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide direct 1:1 behavior intervention for children with ASD by using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and play based techniques.
  • Identified and addressed behavioral issues related with negative behaviors with workable solutions for recurring problems between teacher and student.
  • Provide in-home behavioral therapy, specifically applied behavior analysis, to children diagnosed with Autism.
  • Implemented behavior intervention services and positive behavior plan with excellent results.
  • Trained in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention with ability to handle challenging behaviors and diffuse potentially harmful situations before they escalate.

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Top 10 Best States for Behavior Interventionists

  1. Pennsylvania
  2. Alaska
  3. Delaware
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Nevada
  6. Connecticut
  7. Rhode Island
  8. Michigan
  9. California
  10. New Hampshire
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Behavior Interventionist Demographics

Gender

Female

63.3%

Male

25.0%

Unknown

11.7%
Ethnicity

White

51.9%

Hispanic or Latino

25.5%

Asian

9.6%

Black or African American

8.2%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.6%

Korean

5.1%

Vietnamese

4.6%

French

3.4%

Tagalog

2.9%

Portuguese

2.9%

Cantonese

2.3%

Hindi

1.7%

Mandarin

1.7%

Russian

1.7%

German

1.7%

Amharic

1.7%

Filipino

1.1%

Chinese

1.1%

Swedish

0.6%

Somali

0.6%

Dutch

0.6%

Khmer

0.6%

Yoruba

0.6%

Tahitian

0.6%
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Behavior Interventionist Education

Schools

National University

8.4%

San Diego State University

7.6%

California State University - Fullerton

7.4%

University of Phoenix

7.0%

California State University - Los Angeles

6.8%

University of California - Irvine

6.4%

Arizona State University

5.6%

California State University - Long Beach

5.0%

University of California - Riverside

4.8%

Chicago School of Professional Psychology

4.6%

California State University - Northridge

4.6%

Capella University

4.4%

San Jose State University

4.0%

University of California - Davis

3.8%

University of Southern California

3.6%

California State University - Dominguez Hills

3.4%

University of California - Santa Barbara

3.2%

California State University - San Bernardino

3.2%

University of California - San Diego

3.2%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.0%
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Majors

Psychology

32.6%

Counseling Psychology

11.1%

Social Work

6.6%

Sociology

6.2%

Special Education

5.5%

Human Development

4.1%

Criminal Justice

3.9%

Human Services

3.4%

School Counseling

3.2%

Business

3.1%

Elementary Education

2.9%

Clinical Psychology

2.9%

Education

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.5%

Kinesiology

2.0%

Family Therapy

1.7%

Behavioral Sciences

1.6%

English

1.5%

Mental Health Counseling

1.4%

Communication Disorders Sciences

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.0%

Masters

30.0%

Other

10.2%

Associate

4.0%

Certificate

2.5%

Doctorate

1.5%

License

0.4%

Diploma

0.4%
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