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Working As A Behavioral 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

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $75,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Behavioral 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 Behavioral 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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Behavioral Interventionist Career Paths

Behavioral Interventionist
Social Worker Therapist Case Manager
Medical Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Consultant Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Consultant Program Manager
Service Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Therapist Case Manager Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
10 Yearsyrs
Therapist Case Manager Program Director
Director Of Program Services
8 Yearsyrs
Program Lead Program Manager Program Director
Director Of Residential Services
7 Yearsyrs
Program Lead Program Manager Assistant Director
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
Program Lead Supervisor Superintendent
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Behavioral Specialist Clinical Coordinator Registered Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Behavioral Specialist Clinician Social Work Supervisor
Director Of Social Work
6 Yearsyrs
Behavioral Specialist Clinician
Clinical Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Shift Leader General Manager Service Director
Director Of Support Services
9 Yearsyrs
Shift Leader Assistant Director Clinical Director
Outpatient Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Shift Leader Office Manager House Manager
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Clinician Residential Supervisor
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Marriage And Family Therapist Mental Health Therapist Program Supervisor
Residential Program Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Marriage And Family Therapist Clinical Supervisor Nurse Manager
Administrative Director, Behavioral Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Marriage And Family Therapist Mental Health Clinician Clinical Social Worker
Health Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Education Consultant
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$75,000
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$37,000
Min 10%
$75,000
Median 50%
$75,000
Median 50%
$75,000
Median 50%
$75,000
Median 50%
$75,000
Median 50%
$75,000
Median 50%
$75,000
Median 50%
$149,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Autism Spectrum Therapies
Highest Paying City
Colorado Springs, CO
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
1.5 years
How much does a Behavioral Interventionist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Behavioral Interventionist in the United States is $75,480 per year or $36 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $149,000.

Real Behavioral Interventionist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Supervising Behavioral Interventionist Autism Spectrum Therapies, Inc. Culver City, CA Oct 01, 2015 $67,000
Supervising Behavioral Interventionist Autism Spectrum Therapies Burbank, CA Sep 01, 2015 $56,805
Supervising Behavioral Interventionist Autism Spectrum Therapies Burbank, CA Feb 23, 2016 $56,805
Lead Behavioral Interventionist Comprehensive Educational Services DBA Aces Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 15, 2010 $53,219
Behavioral Interventionist Nyansa Learning Corporation Santa Ana, CA Sep 06, 2014 $39,236
Cognitive Behavioral Interventionist Substance Abuse Center of Kansas, Inc. Wichita, KS May 18, 2015 $37,084
Cognitive Behavioral Interventionist Substance Abuse Center of Kansas, Inc. Wichita, KS May 28, 2012 $34,000
Behavioral Interventionist Verbal Behavior Associates San Diego, CA Sep 01, 2015 $33,121
Behavioral Interventionist Silicon Valley ABA Consulting Services Milpitas, CA Jul 08, 2016 $33,058
Behavioral Interventionist Silicon Valley ABA Consulting Services Milpitas, CA Aug 14, 2016 $33,058

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Top Skills for A Behavioral Interventionist

  1. Behavior Analysis
  2. Behavioral Issues
  3. ABA
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  • Recorded and tracked behavior analysis data.
  • Identified and addressed behavioral issues related with negative behaviors with workable solutions for recurring problems between teacher and student.
  • Provide services at school or in-home, where we utilize applied behavior analysis (ABA) as part of the session.
  • Participated in group therapy sessions and implementation of patient programming goals.
  • Provided 1:1 specialized behavior intervention services to children with autism.

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Top 10 Best States for Behavioral Interventionists

  1. New Jersey
  2. Maryland
  3. Virginia
  4. West Virginia
  5. Minnesota
  6. New York
  7. Texas
  8. District of Columbia
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Behavioral Interventionist Demographics

Gender

Female

64.3%

Male

25.2%

Unknown

10.5%
Ethnicity

White

54.0%

Hispanic or Latino

24.1%

Asian

9.0%

Black or African American

8.4%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.6%

Vietnamese

4.9%

Tagalog

4.9%

Korean

4.2%

Mandarin

3.5%

French

3.5%

Armenian

2.1%

Cantonese

2.1%

Chinese

2.1%

German

2.1%

Turkish

1.4%

Russian

1.4%

Japanese

1.4%

Persian

1.4%

Hindi

0.7%

Khmer

0.7%

Norwegian

0.7%

Thai

0.7%

Kurdish

0.7%

Filipino

0.7%
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Behavioral Interventionist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.8%

San Diego State University

7.5%

San Jose State University

7.5%

University of California - Riverside

6.1%

California State University - Fullerton

5.9%

California State University - Northridge

5.9%

National University

5.6%

Wilmington University

5.3%

University of California - Irvine

4.7%

California State University - Los Angeles

4.5%

Capella University

4.5%

California State University - Long Beach

4.5%

California State University - East Bay

3.9%

California State University - Dominguez Hills

3.9%

University of California - Davis

3.6%

California State University - San Marcos

3.6%

Johnson State College

3.4%

San Francisco State University

3.4%

University of Southern California

3.4%

Azusa Pacific University

3.1%
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Majors

Psychology

34.9%

Social Work

7.5%

Sociology

6.4%

Counseling Psychology

6.1%

Human Development

5.0%

Criminal Justice

4.0%

Human Services

3.8%

Mental Health Counseling

3.5%

Family Therapy

3.5%

Clinical Psychology

3.3%

Business

3.1%

School Counseling

2.9%

Education

2.8%

Special Education

2.8%

Behavioral Sciences

2.0%

Kinesiology

1.9%

Elementary Education

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

Occupational Therapy

1.6%

Early Childhood Education

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

52.4%

Masters

30.6%

Other

9.8%

Associate

4.2%

Certificate

1.7%

Doctorate

1.3%

Diploma

0.1%
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