Course 1: BCBX 9301: Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis
This graduate-level 45 hour course covers concepts, principles, and process derived from the experimental analysis of behavior, how they relate to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and definitions and characteristics of ABA. It will focus on basic characteristics, processes, concepts and terminology in applied behavior analysis (ABA) and the learning principles on which ABA is based. Topics include philosophy and assumptions of ABA, choosing and defining target behaviors, positive and negative reinforcement, schedules of reinforcement, extinction, positive and negative punishment, imitation, motivating operations, functional relations, stimulus control, discrimination and generalization, and verbal behavior. Students also learn to interpret and discuss articles from the behavior analytic literature as well as use self-management techniques.
Course 2: BCBX 9302: Ethics and Professional Conduct
This graduate-level 45 hour course is based on the BACB Professional Disciplinary and Ethical Standards and the BACB Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysis. It will focus on the Ethical Considerations of Behavior Analysts, including ensuring professional competence, understanding the importance of ethics, reporting requirements, reviewing the Professional Disciplinary Standards © and the role of Behavior Analysts in the workplace, in research and in the field.
Course 3: BCBX 9303: Research Methods in Behavior Analysis
This graduate-level 45 hour course covers the scientific method in evaluating assessment and intervention techniques in behavior analysis. Topics include measurement techniques, single-subject experimental design, selection of dependent and independent variables, graphical presentation and evaluation of results, and ethics pertaining to human subjects. Principles and procedures involved in the experimental analysis of reinforcement schedules, stimulus control, and stimulus equivalence are included.
Course 4: BCBX 9304: Fundamental Elements of Behavior Change & Specific Behavior Change Procedures
This graduate-level 45 hour course is based on the BACB Fourth Edition Task List. This course covers specifically the fundamental elements of behavior change and specific behavior change procedures. It will focus on the use of positive and negative reinforcement, positive and negative punishment, shaping and changing procedures, conducting task analysis, the use of verbal operants while reviewing other specific behavior change procedures.
Course 5: BCBX 9305: Behavior Change Considerations: Problem Identification and Assessment
This graduate-level 45 hour course is based on the BACB Fourth Edition Task List. This course covers specifically the topic of identification of the problem and assessment, intervention of behavior change considerations. It will focus on the specific task lists of reviewing assessment of a client, referrals, practicing in the competency level of the behavior analyst, assessing and using measurable terms. Topics will review identification of intervention strategies, and programming for ethical considerations, generalization and working collaboratively with others. Additionally, the topic of autism, as it applies to diagnostic information, assessment, screening tool and other related topics will be discussed.
Course 6: BCBX 9306: Systems, Supervision, and Special Topics
This graduate-level 45 hour course covers a variety of advanced topics regarding the application of using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) technology at the systematic and individual level. Topics will include the application of evidence-based instructional techniques, token economies and other reinforcement systems, as well as communication training. We will review the application of system-wide intervention, as well as strategies to identify and apply behavior-analytic procedures to both manage and supervise behavioral services. Finally, we will focus on two areas for our special topics including: (1) Performance Management and Staff training; (2) Developing Systems and Support for Persons with Autism