Behavioral Therapist Job Description

Behavioral Therapist Job Description

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Behavioral therapist provides information to members and providers regarding mental health and substance abuse benefits, community treatment resources, mental health managed care programs, and Aetna Behavioral Health policies and procedures, and criteria.

Behavioral Therapist Duties & Responsibilities

To write an effective behavioral therapist job description, begin by listing detailed duties, responsibilities and expectations. We have included behavioral therapist job description templates that you can modify and use.

Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Maintains working knowledge of relevant medical/legal issues that affect patient care, , advance directives, child and elder abuse
Acquires baseline data and implements approved program using behavioral technology appropriately, neutrally and consistently
Follows the prompting hierarchy
Utilizes SDs that are clear, concise and consistent
Prompts during small group instruction
Follows and implements a behavior plan
Consistently redirects challenging behavior when appropriate
Correctly implements PTT techniques
Maintains neutrality when working through challenging behavior
Creates monthly summaries and progress reports

Behavioral Therapist Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Behavioral Therapist

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: BLS, CPI, CPR, RBT, DBT, BCLS

Education for Behavioral Therapist

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the behavioral therapist job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Master's and Associate Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, Health, Human Services, Graduate, Education, Therapy, Marriage and Family Therapy, Nursing

Skills for Behavioral Therapist

Desired skills for behavioral therapist include:

Behavioral medicine and evidence-based treatments for medical and mental health conditions
Community resources to assist clients with referrals
Behavioral methodology and principles
Child psychopathology
Therapy and psychological assessment techniques with children and families
Typical and atypical child development and related areas
Psychiatric evaluation and assessment process
Application of current version of the DSM
Child and elder abuse
Advance directives

Desired experience for behavioral therapist includes:

Maintains professional communication (written and verbal) with families and co-workers
Follows student's daily schedule
Creates and prepares materials
Identifies programs that require troubleshooting
Meets with coordinating teacher to choose next targets
Makes appropriate changes to student's curriculum

Behavioral Therapist Examples

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Behavioral Therapist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking to fill the role of behavioral therapist. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for behavioral therapist
  • Takes a leadership role in teaching, training or providing in-service education to both social work and non-social work staff within the organization externally to other organizations or groups
  • Participates in rounding and proactively responds to patient needs to improve patient outcomes and positively affect overall patient experience
  • Assesses changing needs of patients per guidelines for outpatient and/or partial hospitalization programs, and incorporates these into treatment plan and treatment plan review
  • Completes clinical documentation on the same day of service delivery and provides clinical information to patient access representative personnel and insurance providers to ensure authorization for services
  • Conducts assessments of new patients using the identified format for documentation and clinical decisions regarding treatment, interventions and referrals, as instructed
  • Creates a treatment plan that includes an effective continuum of therapeutic, supportive and other services for the patients a variety and complexity of needs serviced by the program
  • Discusses need for additional services with the clinical team to determine appropriateness of recommendations
  • Documents all assessments, treatment sessions, contacts, case management and other work done on behalf of patients according to guidelines
  • Independently demonstrates competency in management of administrative responsibilities associated with patient care with minimal supervision
  • Maintains daily records of clinical productivity in the program as instructed
Qualifications for behavioral therapist
  • A high degree of manual dexterity to produce materials on PC
  • Completion of Individualized Behavior Support Plan, Safety and Crisis Plan utilizing Care Assessment and Referral information, records, and in collaboration with client, family members, DSHS and residential staff, ECS team input and any other involved team members, within 14 days of initial referral
  • See clients face-to-face in their living environment weekly or as recommended via evaluation and as recommended by supervisor and team member input for behavioral support intervention and skills training to maintain community living and avoid future hospitalization or decompensation
  • Work with residential staff members for support and training purposes at each client visit informally, and once monthly for formal training
  • Timely, accurate and completed documentation of evals, plans, updates, closure summaries and daily progress notes are turned in weekly
  • Ongoing collaboration with client, family members, PCP, treatment, DSHS and residential staff and others involved in client care and documentation of such
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Behavioral Therapist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking for a behavioral therapist. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for behavioral therapist
  • Participates in the regulatory and licensure preparation activities on an ongoing basis with program leadership
  • Provides individual and group therapy to patients in the program and engages families in the assessment and treatment processes when indicated
  • Reviews cases and/or groups periodically, serious clinical patient condition changes with supervisor and other clinical personnel as indicated
  • Utilizes a relevant and evidence based treatment approach in the context of the program
  • Under direct supervision, conducts assessments of new patients using the identified format for documentation and clinical decisions regarding treatment, interventions and referrals, as instructed
  • Assesses changing needs of patients per guidelines for the Community and School-Based Behavioral Health team model, and incorporates these into treatment plan and treatment plan review
  • Documents all assessments, treatment sessions, contacts and other work done on behalf of patients according to guidelines
  • Grows clinical skills by learning and implementing new treatment approaches on a regular basis, including the utilization of evidenced-based treatment to address traumatic stress for young children
  • Assist the Psychologist(s) with intake and re-authorization assessments of patients using the identified format for documentation and clinical decisions regarding treatment, interventions and referrals, as instructed
  • Assist Program Coordinator(s) and Psychologist(s) in developing treatment plan goals that includes an effective continuum of therapeutic, supportive and other services for the patients a variety and complexity of needs serviced by the program
Qualifications for behavioral therapist
  • Attend weekly staff/supervision meetings with Pathways Behavioral Support Team
  • Provides crisis intervention consultation and other activities directly related to the interventions process
  • Provides occupational, education, and other information to enable individual to formulate realistic educational and vocational plans
  • Participates in interdisciplinary treatment planning
  • Participates in program development and staff in-services
  • Performs administrative functions consistent with the needs of the program
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Behavioral Therapist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking to fill the role of behavioral therapist. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for behavioral therapist
  • Provide daily in milieu (classroom) intervention, consultation and support to identified children within the toddler program
  • Work collaboratively with staff to plan, implement and support therapeutic programming within the therapeutic milieu
  • Provide consultation, training and professional development opportunities to milieu staff
  • Work collaboratively with families and caregivers using family-oriented treatment interventions
  • Conduct dyadic evidenced-based trauma therapy (CPP and PCIT) with children and families as therapeutically necessary
  • Assesses changing needs of patients per guidelines/standards for BHRS programs, and incorporates these into treatment plan and treatment plan review
  • Assesses changing needs of patients per guidelines for outpatient, and/or partial hospitalization programs, community and school based programs, and incorporates these into treatment plan and treatment plan review
  • Provides individual and group therapy to patients in the program(remove word program) home, school, community settings and engages families in the assessment and treatment processes when indicated
  • Utilizes a relevant and evidence based treatment approach in the context of the program as appropriate
  • Conducts clinical interviews of patients, families and significant others to obtain information on personal, social, emotional, medical and family history in order to complete social work assessments, comprehensively evaluate psychosocial needs, and implement effective treatment and discharge planning
Qualifications for behavioral therapist
  • Conducts therapeutic interviews to assist individual to gain insight into personal problems, define goals, and plan action reflecting interest, abilities, and needs
  • Documents in medical record according to requirements of company and regulatory agencies
  • Evaluates data to identify causes of problem of individuals and to determine advisability of counseling or may refer to other specialist or institutions
  • Follows up results of services individual received to determine reliability and validity of treatment used
  • May be required to provide a minimum number of hours weekly, as specified by supervisor or director
  • May provide consultation/education to community service clubs, organizations, school districts, human service agencies, hospitals, and various county departments
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Behavioral Therapist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of behavioral therapist. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for behavioral therapist
  • Formulates and executes appropriate discharge plans for patients by integrating information obtained through ongoing psychosocial assessment with knowledge of available treatment resources
  • Maintains patient records in compliance with all applicable standards
  • Actively participates in multidisciplinary treatment teams to contribute to diagnostic and treatment plans developed for patient and family care
  • Provides psychotherapy, psycho-education, and crisis intervention to patients and families utilizing individual, family and/or group treatment modalities
  • May serve as field instructor for Master's level social work students
  • Attends multidisciplinary treatment team meetings twice weekly
  • Must have Master’s Degree in social work or related field
  • Must have experience with case management, group therapy and individual therapy
  • Must be licensed as LMSW, LPC, or LMFT in State of Texas
  • Administer and evaluate Level of Care (LOC) assessments
Qualifications for behavioral therapist
  • * Would prefer a LPC or LCSW provider with an Addictions credential (CACII, CACIII or LAC) to provide individual, family and group therapy
  • Currently licensed in Florida as a Psychologist, Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), or Marriage and Family Counselor (LMFT)
  • Identify and build upon the strenghts of consumers, coworkers, and the communities we serve
  • Support consumers’ steps towards Recovery and Wellness
  • Research and utilize our industry’s best practices and analyze our own servies to ensure the best possible outcomes
  • Must have a Washington licensed master’s level social worker, counselor, or other behavioral health provider with extensive geriatric experience and/or receive Geriatric Mental Health Specialist within 1 year
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Behavioral Therapist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking to fill the role of behavioral therapist. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for behavioral therapist
  • Develop treatment plan including attainable goals, measurable objectives, and discharge criteria
  • Integrate collaterals and community supports in treatment planning
  • Provide appropriate treatment modality – individual, group, family
  • Functions as a clinical resource for the Behavorial Health department as a whole and other PAT members related to clinical disorders and psychopathology
  • Demonstrate ability to form an effective therapeutic relationship
  • Conduct thorough mental status examination
  • Conduct comprehensive risk assessment
  • Integrate information to formulate diagnostic impression
  • Implement treatment plan, continually assess progress and change plan as appropriate
  • Effectively demonstrate de-escalation of agitated patients
Qualifications for behavioral therapist
  • Requires full range of body motion including handling and lifting items weighting up to 50 pounds
  • Manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination
  • Master's degree in marriage and family therapy, social work, or psychology from an accredited college or university is required
  • Valid California driver's license, registered with Board of Behavioral Sciences as MFT Intern or ASW
  • Minimum two (2) years direct service experience with severely emotionally disturbed clients in an inpatient or outpatient health care setting with children, especially with high level need cases (internship and/or practicum time may be substituted)
  • One (1) year case management experience preferred

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