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Working As A Behavioral Therapist

  • 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

  • $69,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Behavioral Therapist 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 Therapist

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 Therapist Career Paths

Behavioral Therapist
Tutor Instructor Team Leader
Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Tutor Team Leader Case Manager
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Tutor Consultant Case Manager
Clinical Case Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Therapist Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Therapist Case Manager
Medical Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Therapist Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Nanny Team Leader Program Director
Director Of Residential Services
7 Yearsyrs
Nanny Facilitator Clinician
Therapist And Program Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Nanny Senior Technician Specialist Nursing Director
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Counselor Administrator Registered Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Behavior Therapist Behavioral Specialist Clinician
Clinical Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Counselor Mental Health Worker Residential Supervisor
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Clinician Clinical Supervisor Clinical Director
Outpatient Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Counselor Lead Teacher House Manager
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Behavioral Specialist Therapeutic Support Staff Program Supervisor
Residential Program Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Behavioral Specialist Adjunct Professor Nurse Manager
Administrative Director, Behavioral Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Supervisor Registered Nurse Case Manager
Health Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Behavior Therapist Special Education Teacher Education Consultant
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
Case Worker Case Planner Integrator
Health Unit Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$69,000
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$42,000
Min 10%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
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$69,000
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$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$112,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Telecare
Highest Paying City
Minneapolis, MN
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
1.6 years
How much does a Behavioral Therapist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Behavioral Therapist in the United States is $69,417 per year or $33 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $42,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $112,000.

Real Behavioral Therapist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Behavioral Therapist Cameron Consultation, LLC Marblehead, MA Oct 01, 2011 $62,610
Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapist The Connections Therapy Center, Inc. Lanham, MD Sep 29, 2016 $45,810
In-Home Behavioral Management Therapist Northeast Behavioral Associates Inc. Norwood, MA Sep 18, 2014 $42,000
Counselor/Behavioral Therapist Shalom, Inc. Philadelphia, PA Oct 05, 2010 $40,780
Behavioral Therapist Star, Inc. Culver City, CA Dec 15, 2011 $36,627
Behavioral Therapist Support and Treatment for Autism (Star), Inc. Culver City, CA Jan 02, 2012 $36,627
Behavioral Therapist Center for Autism Spectrum Treatment, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 16, 2015 $34,500
Behavioral Therapist Center for Autism Spectrum Treatment, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2010 $33,246
Behavioral Therapist Autism Opportunities Foundation Woodbury, MN Sep 13, 2015 $32,912
Behavioral Therapist RCS Behavioral & Educational Consulting, LLC Natick, MA Sep 26, 2014 $32,200
Behavioral Therapist Pacific Child and Family Associates Glendale, CA Jul 20, 2011 $31,305 -
$35,479
Senior Behavioral Therapist Autism Spectrum Consultants, Inc. San Diego, CA May 01, 2011 $29,218
Senior Behavioral Therapist Autism Spectrum Consultants, Inc. San Diego, CA Oct 01, 2010 $29,218

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Top Skills for A Behavioral Therapist

  1. Behavior Analysis
  2. New Therapists
  3. ABA
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Implemented Applied Behavior Analysis with adolescents on the autism spectrum to facilitate social/motor/cognitive development.
  • Trained new therapists in the laws of behavior and basic principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy.
  • Modeled ABA techniques and assisted with educational modifications at elementary schools.
  • Guide adult group therapy sessions using original empirically researched modules while incorporating tailored exercises and open dialogue to ensure take-home execution.
  • Identified and addressed behavioral issues related with negative behaviors with workable solutions for recurring problems between teacher and student.

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Behavioral Therapist Demographics

Gender

Female

68.0%

Male

21.1%

Unknown

10.9%
Ethnicity

White

55.0%

Hispanic or Latino

22.5%

Black or African American

9.0%

Asian

8.9%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

French

4.8%

Vietnamese

2.6%

German

2.4%

Russian

2.2%

Cantonese

2.2%

Arabic

2.2%

Mandarin

1.9%

Korean

1.9%

Armenian

1.9%

Italian

1.7%

Portuguese

1.5%

Hindi

1.3%

Chinese

1.3%

Urdu

1.3%

Japanese

1.1%

Swedish

0.9%

Hebrew

0.9%

Tagalog

0.9%

Gujarati

0.4%
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Behavioral Therapist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.5%

National University

8.2%

California State University - Northridge

7.6%

San Jose State University

6.6%

University of Southern California

5.8%

California State University - Los Angeles

5.5%

Capella University

5.4%

Chicago School of Professional Psychology

4.9%

Walden University

4.7%

California State University - Fullerton

4.4%

University of California - Irvine

4.3%

Grand Canyon University

4.2%

Arizona State University

4.1%

California State University - East Bay

3.9%

San Diego State University

3.7%

California State University - Dominguez Hills

3.6%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.4%

California State University - San Bernardino

3.4%

California State University - Long Beach

3.4%

San Francisco State University

3.3%
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Majors

Psychology

33.2%

Counseling Psychology

9.5%

Social Work

8.4%

Clinical Psychology

5.2%

School Counseling

4.3%

Special Education

4.3%

Sociology

4.0%

Mental Health Counseling

4.0%

Human Development

3.5%

Family Therapy

3.3%

Education

3.3%

Business

2.5%

Criminal Justice

2.4%

Human Services

2.1%

Elementary Education

2.0%

Liberal Arts

1.9%

Nursing

1.8%

Behavioral Sciences

1.6%

Communication

1.5%

Communication Disorders Sciences

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.0%

Masters

35.8%

Other

11.1%

Associate

4.4%

Doctorate

3.0%

Certificate

2.2%

License

0.3%

Diploma

0.2%
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