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Applied Behavioral Analysis

  • ABA 651  Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis

    Description:
    This introductory course offers a comprehensive study of the philosophical assumptions and basic principles of behavior analysis. This course will provide students with an overview of the history and theoretical foundations of the field of behaviorism including experimental and applied behavior analysis. It will teach students to identify, define, and apply the characteristics and principles of behavior. Topics covered during this course include a historical perspective of behaviorism, description and environmental explanation of behavior, respondent and operant conditioning, contingencies of behavior, and verbal behavior. In addition, students will learn to identify the key components of empirical journal articles in the field of behavior analysis. Upon completion of this course students will be able to define, provide examples of, and apply the basic principles of behavior analysis within the context of clinical and educational programming. ABA 651 meets Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. requirements for Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis (45 of 45 hours).   More Info

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  • ABA 652  Assessment and Treatment of Problem Behavior

    Description:
    This is a 3-credit graduate level course designed to review the literature relevant to the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior. The course content is based on relevant literature in the field of behavior analysis and includes an overview of and the logic behind procedures required to complete a functional behavioral assessment of challenging behavior and implementation of function-based treatments to decrease challenging behaviors and increase adaptive behaviors. Functional behavior assessment procedures that will be covered include indirect assessments, descriptive assessments, and functional analysis. Student swill practice conduction an indirect and descriptive assessment, and have the opportunity to design a functional analysis. Treatments that will be covered include antecedent interventions, differential reinforcement procedures, extinction, and punishment, among others. Students will design a comprehensive function-based intervention plan. Conceptual and practical issues related to the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior will be addressed. ABA 652 meets Behavior Analyst Certificate Board, Inc. TM Task list 4 requirements for: a. Identification of the Problem & Assessment (15 of 30 hrs.) b. Intervention and Behavior Change Considerations (5 of 10 hrs.) c. Behavior Change Systems (5 of 10 hrs.) d. Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change & Specific Behavior Change Procedures (20 of 45 hrs.)   More Info

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  • ABA 653  Skill Acquisition

    Description:
    This three credit advanced course has been approved by the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board as addressing competencies in the areas of identification of problem behaviors, assessment, intervention and behavior change. It provides a systematic introduction to behaviorally-based assessment methods, the use of reinforcement to teach new behavior, and a variety of instructional methods and instructional formats. The instructional planning process and the protocols necessary to develop comprehensive instructional programs for learners will be reviewed with special emphasis for those learners with autism spectrum disorders. The broad goal of the course is to impart students with a broad range of instructional tools that allow them to develop systematic and comprehensive programs that teach relevant skills in the most natural contexts possible. Specific topics include: schedules of reinforcement, preference assessment, criterion-referenced skill assessments, reinforcement-based behavior change procedures such as token economies and self-management, stimulus control, errorless teaching, behavior chains, discrete trial instruction, naturalistic teaching, verbal behavior training, and maintenance and generalization of skills. ABA 653 meets Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. TM requirement for a. Identification of the Problem and Assessment (10 or 30 hrs.) b. Intervention and Behavior Change Considerations (5 of 10 hrs.) c. Behavior change Systems (5 of 10 hrs.) d. Fundamental Elements of Behavior change and Specific Behavior Change Procedures (25 of 45 hrs.)   More Info

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  • ABA 654  Research Methods

    Description:
    This 3 credit advanced graduate course has been approved by the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board as addressing competencies in measurement and experimental design. With regard to measurement, students will learn how to define behavior in observable and measurable terms, select an appropriate measurement system based upon the dimension of behavior they are studying, consider the strengths and limitations of each measurement system, and calculate inter-observer reliability using a variety of methods. Students will also learn different ways to display data, interpret data, and arrange various experimental designs using single-subject methodology. ABA 654 meets Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. TM requirements for the following: a. Experimental Design (20 of 20 hours.) b. Measurement (including Data Analysis) 25 of 25 hrs.)   More Info

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  • ABA 655  Organizational Behavior Management (OBM)

    Description:
    This advanced course offers intensive study of selected topics in the field of applied behavior analysis. The curriculum has been approved by the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board as addressing competencies in the identification of problems and the implementation, management, and supervision of services. This course will provide students with techniques to collaborate with other professionals working with students requiring special education. It will train students to use everyday language when explaining behavioral concepts and it will teach students to consider environmental modifications to reduce the need for behavior analytical services. This course will also provide students with behavioral methodology for staff training and evaluations. Performance management, behavior expectation, and competency-based training are a few of the topics covered during this course. The students will design tools for monitoring procedural integrity for skill acquisition and problem behavior management. Upon completion of this course students will be able to address complex issues related to training and development of staff in different contexts such as consultation, public schools, home-based programs and private schools. Students will also learn what best practices in consultation are, some limitations and strategies for problem-solving around limitations, and the different models of consultation (e.g., in public schools, within agencies, in-home etc). This course meets Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. TM requirements for a. Identification of the Problem and Assessment (5 of 30 hrs.), b. Implementation, Management and Supervision (10 of 10 hrs.), c. Discretionary (30 of 30 hrs.)   More Info

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  • ABA 656  Ethical & Professional Conduct

    Description:
    This three credit course has been approved by the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board as addressing competencies in Ethical and Professional Conduct. This course will provide students with an opportunity to learn the Disciplinary and Ethical Standards, and the Disciplinary Procedures required in the practices of applied behavior analysis. Through case studies and scenarios, student will have the opportunity to apply guidelines for responsible conduct for behavior analysts. In particular, the student will apply the guideline expectations for ways in which to conduct research, assessments, and make ethical decisions before taking action. Students will design ways in which they apply the guidelines to training, supervision and consultation, interactions with colleagues, and their responsibility to society. ABA 656 meets Behavior Analyst Certificate Board, Inc. requirements for Ethical and Professional Conduct (45 of 45 hrs.).   More Info

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  • ABA 660  Autism Spectrum Disorder: Characteristics and Interventions

    Description:
    This three-credit graduate course focuses on the characteristics of and teaching methods for students with autism spectrum disorders from a behavior analytic perspective. Topics will include: definitions, accommodations, behavioral support, behavioral analysis, behavioral progress monitoring, and instruction for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Fieldwork components are included.   More Info

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  • ABA 661  Behavioral Analytic Approaches to Psychological Disorders

    Description:
    This course has been designed to evaluate the assessment and treatment of a variety of common psychological disorders through the lens of behavior analysis. Students will be introduced to common behavioral approaches for treating psychological disorders and challenged to understand how to both assess and treat these disorders in a manner consistent with the tenets of applied behavior analysis. By the conclusion of the course, students should have an understanding of traditional behavioral treatments of psychological disorders, as well as a cursory understanding of how to assess and treat these disorders from a behavior analytic perspective.   More Info

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  • ABA 662  Culturally Responsive Practices in Applied Behavior Analysis

    Description:
    This course examines the ways in which race, class, gender, language, culture, and ethnicity influence the ways in which we perform our main functions as behavior analysts. Students will begin by exploring our own cultural, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds and then those of individuals from other diverse groups with whom they interact professionally. Students will consider the impact these factors have on functional assessment (including interviewing staff, parents, and consumers), targeting behaviors, measurement of behavior, selecting treatment outcomes, consultation, and training caregivers and staff to provide treatment.   More Info

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  • ABA 663  Designing Behavior Analytic Research

    Description:
    This is a part 1 or a 2 course sequence that results in the completion and writer up of a single-subject research project. The focus of this course is the design of a single subject research proposal that will be submitted to the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Students will apply what they have learned about how to conduct a literature search for an area of interest, formulate a research question, select meaningful target behaviors, define behavior in observable and measurable terms, select an appropriate design and measurement system based upon the dimension of behavior they are studying, and develop staff training protocols for those assisting with the research. The final assignment will be to write an introduction and method sections for the proposed study.   More Info

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  • ABA 697  Special Topics

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  • ABA 698  Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Populations Practicum

    Description:
    The ABA Practicum consists of a supervised practicum and portfolio experience for students who are enrolled in or who have completed the ABA Graduate Certificate Program, or ABA coursework within other approved BACB-programs. The focus of the Practicum is learning and consolidating behavior analytic skills related to the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) Fourth Edition, Task List and Ethical Compliance code, and the mission statement within the College of Advancing and Professional Studies. Pre-registration for the Practicum is required one semester prior to enrollment. The practicum site must be approved by the Graduate Program Director.   More Info

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