Family / Behavioral Therapist Career

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Family / Behavioral Therapist

Career Area: Health Care including Nursing

Occupation Group: Mental Health Therapy

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Family / Behavioral Therapist earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $47,662

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $50,410

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Works with clients who need help dealing with emotional disorders or problems with family and relationships. Addresses client problems in the context of family relationships; helps clients develop ways to recognize and change behavior patterns. Works with individuals, couples or families.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

Growth
North Carolina592+20.2%
Nationwide23817+23.4%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Family / Behavioral Therapist is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.
  • Bilingual: Fluency of two different languages.
  • Spanish: Spanish (; espaol ), also called Castilian (, castellano ), is a Romance language that originated in the Castile region of Spain and today has hundreds of millions of native speakers around the world.
  • Organizational Skills: Experience with a systematic process of structuring, integrating, co-ordinating task goals, and activities to resources in order to attain objectives.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Treatment Planning: A detailed plan with information about a patient s disease, the goal of treatment, the treatment options for the disease and possible side effects, and the expected length of treatment.
  • Mental Health: Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of mental illness.
  • Psychology: Psychology is the science of behavior and mind, embracing all aspects of conscious and unconscious experience as well as thought.
  • Behavioral Health: Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of mental illness.
  • Autism Diagnosis / Treatment / Care: Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, impaired verbal and non-verbal communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Family / Behavioral Therapist that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Child Development: Child development entails the biological, psychological and emotional changes that occur in human beings between birth and the end of adolescence, as the individual progresses from dependency to increasing autonomy.
  • Discharge Planning:
  • Mental Illness: any of a broad range of medical conditions (such as major depression, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, or panic disorder) that are marked primarily by sufficient disorganization of personality, mind, or emotions to impair normal psychological functioning and cause marked distress or disability and that are typically associated with a disruption in normal thinking, feeling, mood, behavior, interpersonal interactions, or daily functioning
  • Therapeutic Intervention: Therapeutic intervention is medicine or therapy used to cure disease or pain by the involvement and intercession of proactive, therapeutic practice.
  • Behavioral Intervention: Working experience of Behavioral Intervention, which is a plan that is based on functional behavior assessment, usually for young people with behavioral problems. An intervention should help to replace problem behaviors with more positive ones.

Education

This career typically requires the following level of education. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

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Education Level%
Bachelor's Degree0%
Master's Degree99%
Doctoral Degree1%

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years78%
3 to 5 years20%
6 to 8 years1%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Therapist
  • Behavior Specialist
  • Behavior Therapist
  • Entry Level Behavior Therapist
  • Behavioral Health Clinician

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