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What is a Career in Behavioral Therapy Like in Alabama?

As a Florida resident interested in possibly pursuing a career in behavioral therapy, you likely have a lot of questions. Most commonly, people wonder about how to get started in the field, but they are usually worrying about this way before they should be. In fact, far too many people simply  jump on the idea of becoming a behavioral therapist and then immediately want to know what they have to do in order to become one. It is important, however, for people to first research behavioral therapy in general in order to get a good idea if it is right for them. If it is, then the next step is to think about what kind of job you might like to have in this very vast field.

Behavioral therapy can best be defined as therapy that focuses on changing negative behaviors, such as addictions or aggression, into positive ones. Behavioral therapists help individuals learn how to do this and show them how to find better, more productive ways of coping with the problems and stresses in their lives. Understanding how to help and guide people in this way is not something that comes easily. In fact, doing it correctly and becoming a behavioral therapist will take years of hard work and higher education, so it is not something that should be entered into lightly.

It is also important to note that behavioral therapists can work in a wide range of different environments and capacities. Since some educational paths are more suited to certain career choices within the field, it’s typically best for people to have a general idea of what they would like to do as a behavioral therapist and where they would like to work before they begin their education.  Possible job choices include working in a private practice, owning one’s own practice, working in a hospital, working for the school system, working for a substance abuse center, working in the court or prison system, and many, many others.

Obviously, there is a lot to think about before entering into a career in behavioral therapy or even before getting started down the path toward that career. Once you have thought about all of these aspects, however, if you are still adamant about becoming a behavioral therapist, then it’s time to get to work. As mentioned above, becoming a practicing behavioral therapist takes time, so the sooner you start, the better!

The first thing you will need to do is to look at your current level of education. If you do not yet have any formal higher education, then you’ll need to make getting some your top priority. You can start out with a simple associate’s degree, from which you will later need to transfer credits, or a bachelor’s degree. With a bachelor’s degree, you won’t’ be able to work as a therapist in Florida but you can work in the general field. Or, if you wish, you can choose to earn a master’s degree or a PhD from an accredited program to open up the most prestigious and well paid positions.