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Become A Behavioral Specialist

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Working As A Behavioral Specialist

  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Stressful

  • $37,420

    Average Salary

What Does A Behavioral Specialist Do

A Behavioral Specialist helps patients with disabilities or problems that impair learning or social functions. They observe the individuals in their homes, jobs, or school environments and then make and help implement a treatment plan that will address their issues.

How To Become A Behavioral Specialist

Requirements for social and human service assistants vary, although they typically have at least a high school diploma and must complete a brief period of on-the-job training. Some employers prefer to hire workers who have additional education or experience.

Education

Although a high school diploma is typically required, some employers prefer to hire workers who have relevant work experience or education beyond high school. A certificate or an associate’s degree in a subject such as human services, gerontology (working with older adults), or social or behavioral science is common for workers entering this occupation.

Human service degree programs train students to observe and interview patients, carry out treatment plans, and handle people who are undergoing a crisis. Many programs include fieldwork to give students hands-on experience.

The level of education that social and human service assistants have completed often determines the responsibilities they are given. Those with a high school diploma are likely to do lower level work, such as helping clients fill out paperwork. Assistants with some college education may coordinate program activities or manage a group home.

Although postsecondary education is important, some employers may prefer or allow for applicants who have related work experience. In some cases, candidates may substitute such experience in place of postsecondary education. 

Training

Many social and human service assistants, particularly those without any postsecondary education, undergo a period of on-the-job training. Because such workers often are dealing with multiple clients from a wide variety of backgrounds, on-the-job training in case management helps prepare them to respond appropriately to the different needs and situations of their clients.

Advancement

For social and human service assistants, additional education is almost always necessary for advancement. In general, advancement to case management or social work jobs requires a bachelor’s or master’s degree in human services, counseling, rehabilitation, social work, or a related field.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Social and human service assistants talk with clients about the challenges in their lives and assist them in getting help. These workers must be able to listen to their clients and to communicate the clients’ needs to organizations that can help them.

Compassion. Social and human service assistants 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. Social and human service assistants must make their clients feel comfortable discussing sensitive issues. Assistants also need to build relationships with other service providers to become familiar with all of the resources that are available in their communities.

Organizational skills. Social and human service assistants often must complete lots of paperwork and work with many different clients. They must be organized in order to ensure that the paperwork is filed properly and that clients are getting the help they need.

Problem-solving skills. Social and human service assistants help clients find solutions to their problems. They must be able to listen carefully to their clients’ needs and offer practical solutions.

Time-management skills. Social and human service assistants often work with many clients. They must manage their time effectively to ensure that their clients are getting the attention they need.

Some employers require a criminal background check. In some settings, workers need a valid driver’s license.

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Real Behavioral Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Behavior Specialist Anderson Center for Autism Staatsburg, NY Sep 10, 2014 $70,000
Behavioral Specialist Hope Community Resources, Inc. Anchorage, AK Sep 28, 2012 $58,916
Behavioral Specialist Hope Community Resources, Inc. Anchorage, AK Oct 26, 2016 $55,182
Behavioral Specialist Consultant Western Pennsylvania Psych Care Beaver, PA Nov 22, 2009 $51,048
Behavior Specialist Sunnyvale School District Sunnyvale, CA Aug 17, 2009 $47,410
Behavioral Specialist Consultant Western Pennsylvania Psych Care Beaver, PA Oct 01, 2012 $46,963
Mobile Therapist and Behavioral Specialist Consultant Western Pennsylvania Psych Care Beaver, PA Jan 23, 2008 $45,500
Applied Behavioral Science Specialist YAI-National Institute for People With Disabilitie New York, NY Aug 15, 2009 $45,000
Applied Behavioral Science Specialist YAI-National Institute for People With Disabilit New York, NY Aug 15, 2009 $45,000
Behavior Specialist Kahlon Family Service, LLC San Francisco, CA Feb 14, 2014 $41,740

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Top Skills for A Behavioral Specialist

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Top Behavioral Specialist Skills

  1. Behavior Intervention Plans
  2. Individual Treatment Plans
  3. Crisis Intervention
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed and supervised behavior intervention plans, classroom management systems, and reinforcement systems.
  • Reinforced the goals and objectives of individual treatment plans for residents by positively reinforcing strengths and addressing areas for development.
  • Provided individual and group counseling- crisis intervention.
  • Provide weekly individual and family therapy for children and adolescents.
  • Monitored classroom set up and activities in accordance within the requirements of Head Start and North Carolina Child Care regulations.

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