M.H.S. in Child Protection | ABA Curriculum

The MHS of Child Protection with a Specialty Track in Advocating for the Child as a Behavior Analyst is offered through the Institute for the Study of Human Service, Health and Justice and requires 33 to 39 semester hours of graduate credits. The required courses and course descriptions are listed below.

Students are required to take Core Courses (24 Credits) & Applied Behavior Analysis Track Courses (9 Credits); Elective Practicum – Optional – (6 Credits)

Core Courses

This course will introduce students to the legal framework for child protection proceedings. It is designed to introduce students to the basic legal concepts governing child protection law, providing them with a background in the legal process and assisting them in understanding how that process responds to the particularized needs of children in the child protection proceedings. This background will also be useful in analyzing material in other courses in the degree program that focus on the legal process of child protection.

This course will focus on the fundamental concepts of family structure and interpersonal family dynamics that impact family functioning including communication and cultural diversity. Students will be introduced to the theoretical aspects of family systems functioning and investigate through practice the most effective application of theories introduced.

This course reviews child growth and development and individual differences in brain development, temperament and biology. Physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and language developmental sequences will be emphasized. Major theories of development will be reviewed.

This course will provide an overview of perspectives on placement and permanency, child protection trends, children in need, and the processes used to support children and their families while moving them through the system.

This course introduces students to various forms of family assessments and case planning. It introduces students to multiple and holistic family assessments and provides students with skills to increase their effectiveness and efficacy while providing services to their clients.

This course will provide a fundamental analysis of research and methodology as related to evaluation of agency and program administration. Included in this course will be an introduction to statistical analysis and the use of current technology.

ABA Specialty Track

This course will focus on the basic tenets of the science of applied behavior analysis that are the underpinnings of effective teaching strategies. Students will study the philosophy and science of applied behavior analysis, an overview of the areas of the field of ABA and its relation to education and psychology, basic vocabulary and concepts in the field, strategies for measuring behavior, basic strategies for increasing and decreasing behaviors of students, and ethical considerations in the application of ABA in a variety of settings. The course will emphasize educational applications in the classroom as well as in affecting systems change across organizations such as schools and district-wide services.

This course will extend the Basic Principles and Concepts course to include application of the principles of applied behavior analysis in educational and other therapeutic settings. It will focus on 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 ethical use of intervention strategies and making decisions regarding ethical treatment for individuals with a variety of challenges. The course will emphasize applications in applied behavior analysis in education as well as other areas of study. (Prerequisite required: HCP 6510)

This course will focus on evaluation strategies used in both research and in the ethical provision of interventions. It will cover a variety of measurement and assessment strategies for determining the effectiveness of interventions on a single-subject and small group design. 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.

This introductory practicum is designed to meet the supervision requirements for the BCBA® or BCABA® certification. Students must participate at least 20 hours per week in a clinical experience that requires the application of ABA principles. Students will receive at least 2 hours of supervision weekly from their onsite supervisor. 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 during the online sessions. (Prerequisite required: HCP 6510)

This practicum is the continuation of ABA 760 and designed to meet the supervision requirements for the BCBA® or BCABA® certification. Students must participate at least 25 hours per week in a clinical experience that requires the application of ABA principles. Students will receive at least 2 1/2 hours of supervision weekly from their onsite supervisor. 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 during the online sessions. (Prerequisite required: HCP 6510 and HCP 6560)

Students are required to take Core Courses (24 Credits) & Applied Behavior Analysis Track Courses (15 Credits); Elective Practicum – Optional – (9 Credits)

Core Courses (24 Credits)

This course will introduce students to the legal framework for child protection proceedings. It is designed to introduce students to the basic legal concepts governing child protection law, providing them with a background in the legal process and assisting them in understanding how that process responds to the particularized needs of children in the child protection proceedings. This background will also be useful in analyzing material in other courses in the degree program that focus on the legal process of child protection.

This course will focus on the fundamental concepts of family structure and interpersonal family dynamics that impact family functioning including communication and cultural diversity. Students will be introduced to the theoretical aspects of family systems functioning and investigate through practice the most effective application of theories introduced.

This course reviews child growth and development and individual differences in brain development, temperament and biology. Physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and language developmental sequences will be emphasized. Major theories of development will be reviewed.

This course will provide an overview of perspectives on placement and permanency, child protection trends, children in need, and the processes used to support children and their families while moving them through the system.

This course introduces students to various forms of family assessments and case planning. It introduces students to multiple and holistic family assessments and provides students with skills to increase their effectiveness and efficacy while providing services to their clients.

This course will provide a fundamental analysis of research and methodology as related to evaluation of agency and program administration. Included in this course will be an introduction to statistical analysis and the use of current technology.

Advanced ABA Specialty Track

This course will focus on the basic tenets of the science of applied behavior analysis that are the underpinnings of effective teaching strategies. Students will study the philosophy and science of applied behavior analysis, an overview of the areas of the field of ABA and its relation to education and psychology, basic vocabulary and concepts in the field, strategies for measuring behavior, basic strategies for increasing and decreasing behaviors of students, and ethical considerations in the application of ABA in a variety of settings. The course will emphasize educational applications in the classroom as well as in affecting systems change across organizations such as schools and district-wide services.

This course will extend the Basic Principles and Concepts course to include application of the principles of applied behavior analysis in educational and other therapeutic settings. It will focus on 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 ethical use of intervention strategies and making decisions regarding ethical treatment for individuals with a variety of challenges. The course will emphasize applications in applied behavior analysis in education as well as other areas of study. (Prerequisite required: HCP 6510)

This course will focus on the variety of delivery models for services within the ABA model. Areas of focus will include the behavioral models of developmental disabilities, treatment of autism, organizational behavior management, school psychology, sports psychology, and education. Principles and research in each area will be addressed and participants will employ a variety of strategies from each area in the course assignments. (Prerequisite required: HCP 6510)

This course will focus on evaluation strategies used in both research and in the ethical provision of interventions. It will cover a variety of measurement and assessment strategies for determining the effectiveness of interventions on a single-subject and small group design. 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.

This course will focus on issues of professionalism and ethics for the practice of applied behavior analysis in research and clinical settings. It will also address issues of working with systems to effect positive change in organizations and for individuals through consultation and collaboration with other professionals. Using applied behavior analysis to provide systems support and change and to enhance work as a consultant will be the underlying basis for the course. (Prerequisite required: HCP 6510)

This introductory practicum is designed to meet the supervision requirements for the BCBA® or BCABA® certification. Students must participate at least 20 hours per week in a clinical experience that requires the application of ABA principles. Students will receive at least 2 hours of supervision weekly from their onsite supervisor. 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 during the online sessions. (Prerequisite required: HCP 6510)

This practicum is the continuation of ABA 760 and designed to meet the supervision requirements for the BCBA® or BCABA® certification. Students must participate at least 25 hours per week in a clinical experience that requires the application of ABA principles. Students will receive at least 2 1/2 hours of supervision weekly from their onsite supervisor. 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 during the online sessions. (Prerequisite required: HCP 6510 and HCP 6560)

This practicum is the continuation of ABA 770 and designed to meet the supervision requirements for the BCBA® certification. Students must participate at least 25 hours per week in a clinical experience that requires the application of ABA principles. Students will receive at least 2 1/2 hours of supervision weekly from their onsite supervisor. 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 during the online sessions. (Prerequisite required: HCP 6510, HCP 6560, and HCP 6570)

Students are required to complete 12 credits within the track.

This course will focus on the basic tenets of the science of applied behavior analysis that are the underpinnings of effective teaching strategies. Students will study the philosophy and science of applied behavior analysis, an overview of the areas of the field of ABA and its relation to education and psychology, basic vocabulary and concepts in the field, strategies for measuring behavior, basic strategies for increasing and decreasing behaviors of students, and ethical considerations in the application of ABA in a variety of settings. The course will emphasize educational applications in the classroom as well as in affecting systems change across organizations such as schools and district-wide services.

This course will extend the Basic Principles and Concepts course to include application of the principles of applied behavior analysis in educational and other therapeutic settings. It will focus on 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 ethical use of intervention strategies and making decisions regarding ethical treatment for individuals with a variety of challenges. The course will emphasize applications in applied behavior analysis in education as well as other areas of study. (Prerequisite required: HCP 6510)

This course will focus on the variety of delivery models for services within the ABA model. Areas of focus will include the behavioral models of developmental disabilities, treatment of autism, organizational behavior management, school psychology, sports psychology, and education. Principles and research in each area will be addressed and participants will employ a variety of strategies from each area in the course assignments. (Prerequisite required: HCP 6510)

This course will focus on evaluation strategies used in both research and in the ethical provision of interventions. It will cover a variety of measurement and assessment strategies for determining the effectiveness of interventions on a single-subject and small group design. 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.

This course will focus on issues of professionalism and ethics for the practice of applied behavior analysis in research and clinical settings. It will also address issues of working with systems to effect positive change in organizations and for individuals through consultation and collaboration with other professionals. Using applied behavior analysis to provide systems support and change and to enhance work as a consultant will be the underlying basis for the course. (Prerequisite required: HCP 6510)

This introductory practicum is designed to meet the supervision requirements for the BCBA® or BCABA® certification. Students must participate at least 20 hours per week in a clinical experience that requires the application of ABA principles. Students will receive at least 2 hours of supervision weekly from their onsite supervisor. 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 during the online sessions. (Prerequisite required: HCP 6510)

This practicum is the continuation of ABA 760 and designed to meet the supervision requirements for the BCBA® or BCABA® certification. Students must participate at least 25 hours per week in a clinical experience that requires the application of ABA principles. Students will receive at least 2 1/2 hours of supervision weekly from their onsite supervisor. 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 during the online sessions. (Prerequisite required: HCP 6510 and HCP 6560)

This practicum is the continuation of ABA 770 and designed to meet the supervision requirements for the BCBA® certification. Students must participate at least 25 hours per week in a clinical experience that requires the application of ABA principles. Students will receive at least 2 1/2 hours of supervision weekly from their onsite supervisor. 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 during the online sessions. (Prerequisite required: HCP 6510, HCP 6560, and HCP 6570)

Students are required to complete 12 credits within the track.

This course will focus on the basic tenets of the science of applied behavior analysis that are the underpinnings of effective teaching strategies. Students will study the philosophy and science of applied behavior analysis, an overview of the areas of the field of ABA and its relation to education and psychology, basic vocabulary and concepts in the field, strategies for measuring behavior, basic strategies for increasing and decreasing behaviors of students, and ethical considerations in the application of ABA in a variety of settings. The course will emphasize educational applications in the classroom as well as in affecting systems change across organizations such as schools and district-wide services.

This course will extend the Basic Principles and Concepts course to include application of the principles of applied behavior analysis in educational and other therapeutic settings. It will focus on 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 ethical use of intervention strategies and making decisions regarding ethical treatment for individuals with a variety of challenges. The course will emphasize applications in applied behavior analysis in education as well as other areas of study. (Prerequisite required: HCP 6510)

This course will focus on the variety of delivery models for services within the ABA model. Areas of focus will include the behavioral models of developmental disabilities, treatment of autism, organizational behavior management, school psychology, sports psychology, and education. Principles and research in each area will be addressed and participants will employ a variety of strategies from each area in the course assignments. (Prerequisite required: HCP 6510)

This course will focus on evaluation strategies used in both research and in the ethical provision of interventions. It will cover a variety of measurement and assessment strategies for determining the effectiveness of interventions on a single-subject and small group design. 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.

This course will focus on issues of professionalism and ethics for the practice of applied behavior analysis in research and clinical settings. It will also address issues of working with systems to effect positive change in organizations and for individuals through consultation and collaboration with other professionals. Using applied behavior analysis to provide systems support and change and to enhance work as a consultant will be the underlying basis for the course. (Prerequisite required: HCP 6510)

This introductory practicum is designed to meet the supervision requirements for the BCBA® or BCABA® certification. Students must participate at least 20 hours per week in a clinical experience that requires the application of ABA principles. Students will receive at least 2 hours of supervision weekly from their onsite supervisor. 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 during the online sessions. (Prerequisite required: HCP 6510)

This practicum is the continuation of ABA 760 and designed to meet the supervision requirements for the BCBA® or BCABA® certification. Students must participate at least 25 hours per week in a clinical experience that requires the application of ABA principles. Students will receive at least 2 1/2 hours of supervision weekly from their onsite supervisor. 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 during the online sessions. (Prerequisite required: HCP 6510 and HCP 6560)

This practicum is the continuation of ABA 770 and designed to meet the supervision requirements for the BCBA® certification. Students must participate at least 25 hours per week in a clinical experience that requires the application of ABA principles. Students will receive at least 2 1/2 hours of supervision weekly from their onsite supervisor. 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 during the online sessions. (Prerequisite required: HCP 6510, HCP 6560, and HCP 6570)


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