Behavior Therapist II, Jacksonville, FL - January 6, 2015
A typical day at work consists of working inside a classroom with a kid to adult ratio of 5:2. Working in the classroom for the 6 hour school day and then conducting additional 1:1 therapy sessions for the rest of the afternoon. If you do not work inside a classroom then you are a therapist that pushes in to classrooms to provide 1:1 therapy sessions for clients that need extra help. I learned a lot about teaching acquisition skills as well as applying behavioral interventions on a 1:1 basis or in a group setting. I learned a lot about Applied Behavior Analysis and how it can be implemented into almost any aspect of life. Management was not very professional at all. Management was also not qualified to do their jobs, for example, therapists were put into business-minded positions without any experience of running a business or managing workers. The coworkers are awesome. Most of the staff are about twenty five year old young professionals that are just getting their feet wet in the professional world. The hardest part of the job is the tax it takes on your mind, body and spirit. Positive coping strategies are a must to work in this field long term. The most enjoyable part of the job is seeing the smiles on the kids' faces as well as seeing their progress through our hard work.