Course DescriptionThis course focuses on the characteristics, principles, and processes of functional assessment, intervention, and other aspects of applied behavior analysis, including application of these aspects to clinical practice and research. The topics discussed in class include: the philosophical assumptions of behavior analysis, determinism and behavior analysis, environmental vs. mentalistic explanations of behavior, behavior response classes, fundamentals of reinforcement (positive vs. negative reinforcement, differential reinforcement, conditioned and unconditioned reinforcement, schedules of reinforcement, extinction), fundamentals of punishment (positive vs. negative punishment, conditioned vs. unconditioned punishment), the Premack principle, stimulus control, establishing operations, functional relations, generalization, teaching contingency-shaped behavior, antecedent and consequence-based intervention procedures, the operant conditioning paradigm, behavioral contracts, stimulus equivalence procedures, behavioral contrast effects, behavioral momentum, self-management strategies, and behavior change procedures to promote generalization and maintenance. Additional topics include behavioral training considerations, performance monitoring, maintaining the clients’ behavioral repertoires in natural settings, and providing behavior analysis services in collaboration with families and support personnel.
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Define and characterize behavior assessment principles, processes and concepts
- Implement behavior change procedures and systems support
- Describe an actual example of behavioral principles at work in your everyday life
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Applied Behavior Analysis : Required Course (24 units)