JOB SERIES: A Day In The Life Of A Behavior Therapist
Kimberly shares with us what motivated her to join the ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) field, challenges faced, and what a typical day as a Behavior Therapist looks like for her.
When did you first hear about ABA and how did you become involved in ABA? I first heard about ABA during a college course, I loved learning about solutions that increased the quality of life for individuals and families.
What motivated you to join the ABA field? When I graduated college, there were a lot of job opportunities in the field, I loved the fact that the principles behind ABA were commonsensical, and more importantly evidence based.
How did you hear about the organization you work for? A supervisor from a previous agency that I worked for reached out to me about a position at CABA. He informed me that CABA provided their employees with the quality and quantity of support that I was looking for and I was immediately on board. After my interview and new hire training it was palpable that the management team was dedicated providing the highest quality services as possible, as well as, ensuring that their employees were treated as team members.
What position were you hired for initially, and what position are you in now? I was initially hired as a Behavior Therapist doing one on one clinical work with clients in homes. Within my year of employment with CABA I have had the opportunity to work with several home clients, as well as, be involved with CABA’s amazing Social Skills program.
What were some challenges you faced when you first started in the ABA field? When I first entered the field, my main challenge was feeling that I was not supported when faced with challenging situations.
What does a typical day look like for you? A typical day in the field is seeing multiple clients and running the programs which have been designed by my supervisors. If my supervisor is not out in the field with me that day I can contact them to immediately get answers to any questions I may have.
What is the best part of working with your organization? The best part of working with CABA is knowing that you truly are working as part of a collaborative team that recognizes that each client is an individual and treats them as such.
What is the best part of working in the ABA field? The best part of working in the ABA field is knowing that you are using practices that are based in evidence. I also love the rewarding feeling of seeing clients and families progress.
What kind of support do you receive from your immediate supervisor and the organization? CABA is an agency that truly has an open-door policy, the agency readily takes on challenges and actively searches for the best possible solutions for everyone involved. The training retreats and holiday parties also create great opportunities to connect with therapists and team members that you wouldn’t regularly see in the field.
Would you recommend others to join the organization you work for? If so, why? I would absolutely recommend others to join CABA. The multiple service lines and employment opportunities offers something for anyone looking to work in the ABA field.
What advice or tips would you give to someone who wanted to work in the ABA industry? It is a challenging field to work in, but it is also incredibly rewarding.
What was your favorite toy growing up and why? Skip it!
Kimberly Beck is a Behavior Therapist at Center for Applied Behavior Analysis (CABA). Kimberly implements skill acquisition programs, as well as behavior reduction programs. Within her year of employment she has had the opportunity to be involved with CABA’s amazing Social Skills program. When she isn’t working, she enjoys going to the beach.
Center for Applied Behavior Analysis (CABA) is hiring. To apply, click on this link.