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What are Behavioral Therapists' Working Schedules Like in Ohio?

There is a very large number of professionals working as behavioral therapists in the state of Ohio. If you pick out a handful of them, however, you are likely to find that they all have different working schedules. While this might surprise you, it actually makes perfect sense. The reason for the disparity among the working schedules is that not all behavioral therapists work in the exact same manner or do the exact same job. While most people think of clinical behavioral therapists when they think of behavioral therapists, this is not at all what behavioral therapists are limited to doing. We will take a look at a few of the different types of behavioral therapists and their typically schedules in this article.

9 to 5 Therapists: Some therapists actually do work the typically 9 to 5 schedule, with a little room for variation from practice to practice. Therapists that work traditional schedules for the most part include clinical therapists, therapists working for the court system, therapists employed by the prisons system, and any therapists employed in typical office-type environments. Of course, therapists who own their own practices or who work for privately owned practices will sometimes decide to take off certain weekdays or to work a few hours on the weekend. When you own your own practice, you make the rules!

All The Time Therapists: It may come as a surprise to you, but some therapists actually live in the environment in which they work. At some substance abuse treatment centers, for example, the staff lives at the center for a set amount of time each week where they monitor and/or work with patients at varying hours of the day and night. Some therapists may also live in halfway houses with transition patients or may live in at privately owned hospitals.

On Call Behavioral Therapists: Some people working in behavioral therapy are simply on call a large amount of the time. What this means is that they make work another job, for example, but can be called in when there is an emergency with a patient or client at a hospital or special facility. Such therapists may do this job in addition to their regular working schedule, or this job may also be done by behavioral therapy assistants in some cases. Most major centers where some kind of therapy is practiced have certain therapists that they can call on in a pinch.

Independent Behavioral Therapists: Some therapists make up the rules as they go along, meaning they are completely free to make their own schedules and to work as they see fit. These are therapists who are not officially employed by anyone, but who provide services to their clients, either in the clients’ homes, their own homes, or another location of their choosing. These therapists also set their own rates and can choose what type of behavioral problems they will help their clients with. Some behavioral therapists who work traditional schedules will choose to do this type of work on the side as well.

These are just a few examples of the vast array of different working schedules that behavioral therapists can have. Some therapists will work a combination of all of these schedules or will work different schedules at different times in their lives. What really matters in the end, though, is not the schedule but how much you enjoy the time you spend at work. Behavioral therapy is not a career you can enter into lightly or take lightly; it is a serious commitment and can be draining and difficult for the wrong person.

Typically, those who succeed at behavioral therapy are hardworking, committed individuals who have a strong desire to help people and who are also relatable, easy to talk to, good listeners, patient, kind, understanding, nonjudgmental, and ethical. If you possess these qualities, then you are sure to enjoy your work as a behavioral therapist, and you won’t have to stress over your schedule too much. Also remember that the more education and experience you have, the more valued you generally are by your employer and the more likely it is that you will be able to set your own hours or branch out on your own.