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Behavioral Therapist Job Description & Responsibilities

Learn about the key responsibilities, requirements, duties, and skills that should be included in a behavioral therapist job description.

If you're looking for a behavioral therapist job description, you've come to the right place. Keep reading!

Behavioral Therapist Job Description

We are looking to hire an experienced behavior therapist to help patients identify and overcome negative behaviors. As a behavior therapist, you'll work with children who live with developmental disabilities and disorders.

Your responsibilities include helping patients understand their behaviors, developing strategies to help patients improve their behaviors, as well was teaching parents how to develop healthy coping mechanisms.

Behavioral therapists work with patients who live with mental disorders or with clients who are attempting to overcome challenges or adjust behaviors. Behavior therapists help patients develop the skills and thought patterns they need to overcome unhealthy behaviors. They may treat patients in clinics, schools, detention facilities, or hospitals.

behavioral therapist job description

What is a Behavioral Therapist?

A behavioral therapist is a psychologist to helps patients with developmental or mental disorders, including:

  1. Depression
  2. Autism
  3. Alcoholism
  4. Schizophrenia

Behavioral therapists work with patients to identify, understand, and treat difficult or negative behaviors or thought patterns. They also develop therapy strategies that can improve a patients' quality of life.

Education Requirement High school diploma to a master's degree
Licensure Requirement State licensure required from those in a clinical setting
Key Responsibilities Assessing patient condition, creating personalized treatment plans, monitoring patient progress
Key Skills Compassion, interpersonal and communications skills, active-listening skills, patience

What is Behavioral Therapy?

Behavioral therapy is a type of therapy that focuses on identifying and changing negative behaviors in children who live with mental health disorders. The main goal is to reduce unhealthy behaviors and thoughts by providing patients with the mental tools they need to make good decisions and deal with challenges.

Behavior Therapist Responsibilities

A behavioral therapist's responsibilities include:

  1. Assessing patient condition
  2. Fostering positive behavior
  3. Minimizing negative habits
  4. Creating personalized plans that meet patients' needs
  5. Monitoring patient progress
  6. Manage numerous behavioral intervention programs simultaneously
  7. Help patients set and achieve goals related to behavior
  8. Earn 40 hour RBT training certificate and complete all requirements needed to be certified
  9. Keep the patient's family up-to-date on how their child is growing

Behavior Therapist Requirements & Skills

  1. Master's degree in psychology, applied behavioral analysis, or related fields
  2. State license which allows you to practice behavior therapy
  3. Proven experience providing behavior therapy to patients
  4. In-depth knowledge on your field
  5. Great collaborative, communication, and problem-solving skills
  6. Patience and compassion
  7. Knowledge on completing data collection
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