B.S. in Psychology | Minor in ABA Curriculum

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The B.S. in Psychology with a minor in ABA is offered through the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences and requires 6 courses, which include 3 consecutive practicum courses. The required courses and course descriptions are listed below.

Applied Behavior Analysis Minor (18 Credits total)

This course will focus on the basic principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Students will learn the philosophy and science of applied behavior analysis and their relation to behavioral interventions, the basic vocabulary and concepts in the field, strategies for measuring, increasing, and decreasing behaviors, and ethical considerations in the application of ABA in a variety of settings. Prerequisites: PSYC 3300.

This course covers the selection of assessments in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), behavioral intervention strategies and change procedures, evaluation and assessment strategies, and methods of accountability in ABA interventions. In addition, focus will be placed on the experimental evaluation of interventions, measurement of behavior, and displaying and interpreting data using single-subject and small group design. The course will also address the ethical use of intervention strategies and making decisions regarding ethical treatment for individuals with a variety of challenges. Prerequisite: PSYC 3330.

This course will focus on behavior change procedures and system supports for those interventions. The course will also consider evaluation strategies used in both research and in the ethical provision of interventions. It will cover a variety of effective behavioral strategies as well as measurement and assessment of strategies. Additional focus will be placed on the interpretation of the research literature to make sound decisions about assessment and intervention strategies for a variety of populations. Prerequisite: PSYC 3350.

This introductory practicum is designed to meet thesupervision requirements for the BCABA certification. Students will participate in 20 hours per week in a supervised experience that will allow them the opportunity to apply ABA principles. Supervision will take place weekly in an individual and group format and will address both increasing and decreasing behavior. Students will be expected to collect and share data on their cases and employ strategies of behavioral assessment and intervention with input from their supervisor. Prerequisite: PSYC 3330.

This course is designed to continue the supervision begun in Practicum I. Students will be expected to provide written reports and intervention plans as part of their supervision. Students will participate in 20 hours per week in a supervised experience that will allow them the opportunity to continue to apply ABA principles. Supervision will take place weekly in an individual and group format and will address both increasing and decreasing behavior. Students will be expected to collect and share data on their cases and employ strategies of behavioral assessment and intervention with input from theirsupervisor. Pre-requisites: PSYC 3350 and PSYC 4700.

This course is designed to complete the supervision begun in Practicum I. Students will be expected to provide written reports and intervention plans as part of their supervision and conduct individual assessments and consultations. Students will participate in 20 hours per week in a supervised experience that will allow them the opportunity to continue to apply ABA principles. Supervision will take place weekly in an individual and group format and will address both increasing and decreasing behavior. Students will be expected to collect and share data on their cases and employ strategies of behavioral assessment and intervention with input from their supervisor. Prerequisites: PSYC 3370 and PSYC 4730.

Practicum Requirements

Practicum is a type of university course designed to provide prospective clinicians with the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge, and gain experience in a specific field of study, under the supervision of a licensed/certified professional. Most graduate (and some undergraduate) programs in the Human Services fields offer practicum opportunities to students as part of their curriculum.

The Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences offers three consecutive semesters of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) practica options as electives for students enrolled in the B.S. in Psychology program with an ABA or advanced ABA specialty track. Students enrolled in the program who are interested in pursuing practicum must successfully complete PSYC 3330 as a pre-requisite. Each practicum semester extends over 16 weeks, during which students must complete 15 hours a week at the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development. During practica, students will be responsible for receiving weekly supervision from a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) for a minimum of 10% of their weekly time. Practicum students will also be responsible for completing course assignments and attending group supervision once a week provided by their practicum instructor. Students entering practicum training may find it necessary to make special arrangements with their employer, including taking a leave of absence, to fulfill this requirement. Students will need to arrange their schedules to complete this degree requirement.


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