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Behavior Analysis Certificate Course Descriptions

Core Courses:
CRJ 622 Basic Principles of Behavior Analysis
CRJ 623 Applied Behavior Analysis
CRJ 624 Behavior Analysis: Consultation
CRJ 625 Behavioral Development
CRJ 626 Clinical Behavior Analysis
CRJ 657 Ethics in Behavior Analysis

Core Courses

CRJ 622 Basic Principles of Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
Learning serves as the basis for behavior change and this is an advanced course on principles of learning. This course 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 Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
To function effectively as a behavior manager/analyst you will need to grasp the basic concepts of human behavior and how it can 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 Behavior Analysis: Consultation (3 credits)
Consultation has become a major approach to service delivery of psycho-educational services to children and adolescents. 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, problem analysis interviewing, skills and functional behavioral assessment methodology, functional analysis, standardized behavioral assessment, 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 Behavioral Development (3 credits)
Conceptualization of behavior problems and the origins of behavioral disorders are critical to the functioning of a professional. 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 Clinical Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
This course observes behavior analysis as it enters into the 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 Ethics in Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
The course will focus on the ethical application of behavior analytic services. The first half of the course will detail the Guidelines for Responsible Conduct of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board as well as relevant literature on the topic of ethical behavior in the field. The second half of the course will focus on providing “context” to these Guidelines, highlighting principles of behavior and potential applications of these principles that raise ethical issues. Case studies that are drawn from personal experience will be reviewed throughout the course and will examine some of the issues practicing behavior analysts encounter on the job. At the conclusion of the course, students will be expected to present a case study drawn from their own personal or professional experience.

To learn more about the online Behavior Analysis Certification program from Saint Joseph’s University and what it can do for your career, call (866) 758-7670 to speak with an admissions representative right away or request more information.

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