Skills and Traits of a Good Behavioral Therapist in Wyoming
In the state of Wyoming, most people are aware that behavioral therapy is a lucrative and prestigious career field to enter into. Unfortunately, the wrong people enter into it all too often in the hopes of making a quick buck. The truth of the matter is, however, that behavioral therapy is anything but a way to make easy money! In fact, being a behavioral therapist is one of the most demanding and challenging jobs you can ever have. As such it is not for everybody! While there is no guaranteed way of saying who will and who will not be successful in the behavioral therapy field, there are certain skills and personality traits that most successful behavioral therapists will have. In order to help you adequately assess yourself and determine which areas of strength you possess and which areas you will need to work on, we’ve provided you with a list of some of the most commonly needed skills and traits of good behavioral therapists.
A strong work ethic is absolutely required for success in behavioral therapy. If you’re lazy, then there’s no way you’ll be able to meet the educational requirements for a behavioral therapist. Even if you do, by some stroke of miracle, you will likely not be prepared for the long, draining and demanding work days or for the vast amount of continuing education and research you will have to do even after you finish your formal schooling.
To be successful in behavioral therapy, you will need to have at least a master’s degree. In order to earn that master’s degree, you must first have a bachelor’s degree. That means, at the bare minimum, you would have to go to school for at least six years! What’s more is that true success in the field usually means that you’ll need a PhD, which can take up to five years to obtain. That’s eleven years of school and hard work, followed by continuing education. If your heart isn’t truly in behavioral therapy, then don’t waste the time or the money; it’s that simple.
Being Able to Leave Work at Work:
As a behavioral therapist, you will constantly be interacting with those who are struggling with various things or who are at difficult points in their lives. Since most therapists are sensitive, caring people, this can be quite emotionally draining for them. This is why behavioral therapists are taught to distance themselves, at least somewhat, from their patients and clients. While this may seem “mean,” it is actually just for the behavioral therapist to keep his or her sanity. If you don’t think you are capable of doing this, then you might need to rethink whether or not behavioral therapy is right for you.
If you feel unsure about how to distance yourself from your patients, don’t worry! This does not mean that you will not enjoy success as a behavioral therapist. Instead, it simply means that you do not yet have the skills to do so. They will be taught to you as you pursue your education, and as long as you take to heart and follow what you are taught, you should have no problem.
In addition to being a diligent and hardworking individual who is able to distance himself or herself from work, you will also be much more likely to succeed in behavioral therapy if you possess certain personality traits. These include being kind, first and foremost. Kindness is really just an outward expression of how you feel about people, and it does leak through in the way you treat them and in the things you say and the way you say them. People pick up on kindness that isn’t genuine, so make sure yours is coming from the heart! Furthermore, you should be ethical and willing to adhere to all therapy rules and regulations, compassionate, a good listener, able to control your own emotions, non-judgmental, strong, and, most importantly, you should have a real and honest desire to help others to improve their lives and to be better and happier. After all, this is what the true goal of behavioral therapy is.