Psychology: Child Behavioral Services

Psychology: Child Behavioral Services

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Psychology majors have an opportunity to choose to complete the Specialization in Behavioral Services for Children and Their Families as part of the Psychology Major. The Specialization consists of a sequence of five courses that teaches students how to use applied behavior analysis to maximize the functioning of children with special needs. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a scientific approach to the assessment and treatment of socially important issues. The National Autism Center’s Standards Project lists ABA as one of the few evidence-based treatments for autism and other related disorders. In addition to learning ABA, students in the Specialization also learn about developmental psychopathology and the ethical and legal issues in the practice of ABA. The coursework within the Specialization has been approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board as meeting the coursework requirement for the Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). Students in the Specialization who are interested in pursuing the BCaBA certification will also need to complete 1000 hours of practical experience supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), apply to the national certifying body, and pass a national examination (this is not a requirement for students enrolled in the Specialization, but it is an option). The Specialization is designed to provide the coursework component of these requirements. In addition to the Specialization coursework, students may also have the opportunity to complete a field experience placement in the community learning how to implement ABA change strategies. Students in the Specialization may also conduct research under the supervision of faculty and graduate students in the Masters of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis. The Specialization provides students with a unique academic experience and skills that make them more competitive for employment at the bachelor’s level as well as for certain graduate programs, should they decide to continue their academic training. Graduates of the Specialization are typically employed in human service agencies or schools that provide education and services to children and their families.



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