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Become A Behavior Therapist

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Working As A Behavior Therapist

  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $48,600

    Average Salary

What Does A Behavior Therapist Do At Mary Cariola Children's Center

* Participates on an interdisciplinary team whose responsibility is to provide initial and on-going evaluations for each student and to establish appropriate therapeutic goals and program recommendations
* Conducts comprehensive Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA) based on multiple sources of data including indirect assessments, direct observations, and experimental analyses
* In collaboration with all team members, develops and modifies Behavior Intervention Plans to meet the needs of students
* Trains all team members on the specific techniques necessary to carry out the individualized Behavior Intervention Plans
* Provides on-going consultation, support, modeling and training for Agency staff in carrying out Behavior Intervention Plans
* Maintains the immediate and on-going supervisory responsibilities of one crisis intervention specialist
* Analyzes behavior data regularly and uses data to make decisions regarding students’ programming
* Develops and monitors toilet training programs as determined by the individual student’s needs
* Participates in ongoing professional development to stay current in the field of Behavior Analysis
* Provides training to Agency staff in the principles of Behavior Analysis
* Supports the implementation of evidence-based practices throughout the Agency
* Maintains good working relations with all Agency staff
* Works closely with parents and/or residential staff in both consultation and training for the student's school and home programming needs
* Maintains accurate and current records for each student on caseload, including appropriate data collection and administrative procedures in compliance with NYSED requirements
* Understands the psychological and medical characteristics of the population served by the Agency
* Participates in Agency functions and various community meetings as requested
* Develops and maintains good working relations with outside agency providers that are responsible or potentially responsible for providing medical, physical, behavioral or other programming for the students
* Sensitivity to cultural diversity of others
* Other duties as assigned
* Requirements

What Does A Behavior Therapist Do At Spectrum Analytic Consulting

* 1 instruction consistent with best practice in ABA therapy
* Collect and graph weekly data, implementing behavior intervention plans
* Timely submission of bi-monthly required documentation
* Communicate problematic clinical issues with respective supervisor
* Collaborate with colleagues on shared cases on a regular basis
* Write session notes within 24 hours of services rendered

What Does A Behavior Therapist Do At The Autism Community Therapists, LLC

Provide direct therapy to young learners with autism Demonstrate confidence in playing with young children and having fun Implement behavior programs written by BCBAs with high fidelity Collect data collection according to guidelines Work collaboratively with BCBAs to design effective interventions

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How To Become A Behavior Therapist

Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists are typically required to have a master’s degree and a license to practice.


To become a mental health counselor or a marriage and family therapist, applicants typically need a master’s degree in psychology, clinical mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, or a related mental health field. A bachelor’s degree in most fields is acceptable to enter a master’s program.

Counseling programs prepare students to recognize symptoms of mental and emotional disorders and to use effective counseling strategies. Marriage and family therapy programs teach students about how marriages, families, and relationships function and how these relationships can affect mental and emotional disorders.

Many employers prefer to hire counselors who have graduated from programs accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs.


Candidates gain hands-on experience through postdegree supervised clinical work, sometimes referred to as an internship or residency. In training, they learn to provide family therapy, group therapy, psychotherapy, and other therapeutic interventions, under the supervision of a licensed counselor.


All states require mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists to be licensed in the state in which they practice. Licensure requires a master’s degree and 2,000 to 4,000 hours of postdegree supervised clinical experience, sometimes referred to as an internship or residency. In addition, counselors and therapists must pass a state-recognized exam and complete annual continuing education classes.

Contact information for state boards regulating mental health counselors is available through the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Contact and licensing information for marriage and family therapists is available through the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards.

Important Qualities

Compassion. Counselors and therapists often work with people who are dealing with stressful and difficult situations, so they must be compassionate and empathize with their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Being able to work with different types of people is essential for counselors and therapists. They spend most of their time working directly with clients and other professionals and must be able to encourage good relationships.

Listening skills. Good listening skills are essential for mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists, both of whom need to give their full attention to their clients to understand their problems, values, and goals.

Organizational skills. Good organizational skills are especially important for counselors and therapists in private practice, who must keep track of payments and work with insurance companies.

Speaking skills. Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists need to be able to communicate with clients effectively. They must express ideas and information in a way that clients can understand easily.

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Real Behavior Therapist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Behavior Therapist Autism Spectrum Instructional Resources, LLC Austin, TX Sep 11, 2015 $61,859 -
Behavior Therapist Aid LCE Associates, Inc. Hialeah, FL May 11, 2015 $60,694
Behavior Therapist California Institute of Behavior Analysis, Inc. CA Mar 09, 2010 $52,175
Behavior Therapist Aacres Wa LLC Seattle, WA Dec 15, 2016 $50,000
Behavior Therapist KTL Behavioral Therapy & Consultation PLLC Austin, TX May 12, 2016 $47,479
Behavior Therapist Funtastic Gymnastic Inc. Wheeling, IL Jun 26, 2016 $47,000
Behavior Therapist/Program Implementer Butterfly Effects Lighthouse Point, FL Apr 25, 2011 $46,800
Behavior Therapist/Program Implementer Butterfly Effects LLC Lighthouse Point, FL Sep 13, 2010 $45,914 -
Behavior Management Therapist Northeast Behavioral Associates, Inc. Dartmouth, MA Sep 17, 2014 $45,000
Behavior Management Therapist Northeast Behavioral Associates, Inc. Dartmouth, MA Sep 05, 2014 $45,000

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Top Skills for A Behavior Therapist


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Top Behavior Therapist Skills

  1. Occupational Therapists
  2. Provide ABA
  3. Autism Spectrum Disorder
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Consult and coordinate plans with other professionals, including speech pathologists, case managers, principals, occupational therapists and analysts.
  • Provide ABA therapy to elementary aged children with autism.
  • Provided therapy, based on Applied Behavioral Analysis, to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • Worked closely with Clinical Supervisors on Social Skills Program Development, new program development.
  • Designed and implemented treatment plans tailored to individualized patient needs through patient and team input.

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Behavior Therapist Videos

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