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Where Do Behavioral Therapists Work in Missouri?

If you’re aspiring to a career in behavioral therapy in the state of Missouri, then you probably have a lot of questions about the field, the nature of the work, the educational path you’ll need to take to get there, and a lot of other subjects. Ultimately, though, one of the biggest questions that almost everyone who is seriously interested in working in behavioral therapy asks is about where exactly behavioral therapists work in the state. The answer to that question is, quite simply, everywhere! There are a wide variety of different aspects in which behavioral therapist can work, and Missouri in particular is ripe with possibilities. In order to get you thinking about your options and about the aspect in which you would like to work, we’ve listed and explained some of the more popular career options for behavioral therapy in the state.

  1. Clinical Behavioral Therapists: Clinical behavioral therapists are what most people think of when they think of therapists in general. These are therapists who have their own offices, either in a practice they own themselves or in a practice that they work for, and who meet with clients in a comfortable, one-on-one setting to work on problems or difficulties they are experiencing. These practices may be privately owned and usually are, but may sometimes be owned and operated by the state or government.

  2. Research Behavioral Therapists: Research behavioral therapists are far more rare than clinical behavioral therapists, but these are very coveted and desirable positions. Instead of working directly with clients, research behavioral therapists instead work to make important discoveries in the field and to conduct studies. They may work for a particular research organization or they may work independently. Some will write books or publish studies that they have funded themselves. In general, most research behavioral therapists have worked as clinical behavioral therapists in the past.

  3. State Therapists: Some therapists are employed by the state of Missouri directly. In this case, they might work for the public school system, in the prison system, or in the judicial system. In the school system, their job might be to help teachers learn to interact with students with behavioral difficulties, to design special curriculum, or to work with the students themselves. In the prison system, behavioral therapists might counsel inmates or work to resolve problems within a particular prison. In the court system, they might be called upon to assess those standing trial or to give testimony in cases involving psychological or behavioral matters.

  4. Substance Abuse Therapists: Many behavioral therapists, especially in today’s troubled society, will work in rehabilitation facilities, halfway houses, or substance abuse programs to help people cope with their addictions and/or learn to live their lives addiction free. These programs may sometimes be state mandated, or they may also be private. Also, today’s world is changing and some “substance abuse” programs may center around addictive behaviors, such as eating disorders or self harm, that do not actually involve abusing a particular substance.

  5. Independent Behavioral Therapists: Recently, more and more behavioral therapists are choosing to branch out on their own and to work for themselves. They might travel to people’s homes or open their own small practices to help people overcome a specific behavior or addiction, such as smoking, depression, overeating, or chronic disorganization. Typically, independent therapists will not work with their clients on such a long term basis as clinical behavioral therapists, and they will also typically require less for their services than those who work in more professional settings. There is some controversy about independent behavioral therapists, but many enjoy the work significantly.