The online curriculum of the Saint Joseph’s University's Post-master's Behavior Analysis Certification program explores both the theoretical and methodological foundations of Behavior Analysis to prepare and qualify you to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam.
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board has approved courses CRJ 622 through CRJ 657 as meeting the 4th Edition Task List’s coursework requirement for taking the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Examination. Applicants will have to meet additional internship requirements independent of the online program to qualify to sit for the BCBA exam.
Behavior Analysis Courses
CRJ 622 (ABA 622) Basic Principles of Behavior Analysis
3 credits. Learning serves as the basis for behavior change. In the field of criminal justice, programs often attempt to rehabilitate delinquents and offenders. This is an advanced course on the principles of learning and will cover studies of principles of learning from relatively simple animal studies to more complex issues such as the acquisition of human language. We will outline from a behavior analytic perspective on such issues as thinking, feeling, and imagining. We will follow the structure of Catania's text including an overview of learning processes, learning without words in an evolutionary context, and with words examining memory.
CRJ 623 (ABA 623) Applied Behavior Analysis
3 credits. Often Criminal Justice Personnel are called to function as behavior managers. To function effectively as a behavior manager/analyst, Criminal Justice Personnel need to grasp the basic concepts of human behavior and its change. This course covers the practical aspects of being an applied behavior analyst working in the criminal justice system, school system and the community setting. The topics will cover: basic principles of applied behavior analysis; the application of these principles to children ADHD, ODD, and CD8; writing behavioral objectives; training parents and paraprofessionals to execute operant and respondent based treatments; programming for generalization; working as a behavior analyst in a CASSP system; and legal and ethical issues in the treatment of children in a diverse society.
CRJ 624 (ABA 624) Behavior Analysis and Consultation
3 credits. Professionals in the fields of criminal justice often serve as consultants. This course focuses on behavioral consultation in the juvenile justice system, school system, workplace, and community settings. The topics covered are best practices in behavioral consultation, the verbal behavior of the consultant and the consultee, building a consulting relationship, problem identification interviewing, direct observation methodology, skills and functional behavioral assessment methodology, functional analysis, positive behavioral support and developing a competing behaviors model, treatment plan design and implementation, and treatment evaluation using single subject designs and graphical analysis of the data.
CRJ 625 (ABA 625) Behavioral Development
3 credits. Many people in the justice system today are there because of emotional and behavioral disorders. This course focuses on basic principles in Behavior Analysis and how they shape the development of normal and developmentally challenged children. The role of these principles in normal development and developmental problems such as language delays, motor developmental delays, conduct and oppositional defiant disorder, childhood depression and autism are explored. The course reviews field applications including observations, functional behavioral assessment, curriculum-based measures, and intervention strategies that involve both the school and the family.
CRJ 626 (ABA 626) Clinical Behavior Analysis
3 credits. This course observes behavior analysis as it enters into child clinical, adult clinical, supervisory level and organizational behavior. The primary goal of the course is to provide an overview and skills for behavior analysts in criminal justice to function as parole and probation officers with both adults and children, as well as organizational and system level change experts.
CRJ 657 (ABA 657) Ethics in Behavior Analysis
3 credits. The course will focus on the ethical application of behavior analytic services. The course will detail the Guidelines for Responsible Conduct of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) © as well as relevant literature on the topic of ethical behavior in the field. The course will also provide "context" to these Guidelines, highlighting principles of behavior and potential applications of these principles that raise ethical issues.
NOTE: Courses are in alpha-numeric order, not necessarily the order in which they are taken, and are subject to change. Please speak with an Program Manager for a course map.
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