Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice: Behavior Management Concentration

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The Behavior Management concentration of the online Master of Science in Criminal Justice focuses on the psychological treatments and techniques used to modify the behavior of adjudicated youth, parolees, and special needs individuals in therapeutic support settings. As more juveniles with behavioral issues present themselves in schools and other rehabilitation organizations, professionals with an understanding of the behavioral science principles of environmental arrangement and operant/respondent conditioning to help these youth are in greater demand.

The curriculum of the MSCJ Behavior Management concentration provides foundational knowledge, therapeutic techniques, and early intervention strategies for modifying behavior, from addiction to violence. You’ll learn how to effectively address antisocial behaviors and empower minors to recognize and adjust their own reactions to stress and other triggers.

This program is well suited for those deeply interested in human services, especially those individuals already in or aspiring to be in the behavior modification and support side of mental health, education, criminal justice, or therapeutic support. The Behavior Management concentration focuses specifically on working with children and adolescents.

Coursework explores:

  • Legal aspects of mental health and its treatment
  • Youth culture
  • Stress and crisis management
  • Evidence-based practices for the treatment of antisocial behavior
  • Criminological theory
  • Ethical issues in criminal justice

This expertise is vital for effective therapeutic interventions and can be used to implement Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA), Individualized Education Plans (IEP), and Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIP).

Applications of Behavior Management among Minor Populations

School systems, social service agencies, and the juvenile justice industry recognize the need for support plans to improve the behavior of minors. The Criminal Justice Behavior Management concentration can prepare you for a promotion or for employment in local, state, or federal government agencies in such positions as:

  • Criminologist
  • Social worker
  • Parole officer
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Behavioral health counselor
  • Court appointed juvenile advocate
  • Case manager
  • Behavior interventionist

You can make a difference in the lives of troubled minors. To learn more about the MSCJ Behavior Management concentration at Saint Joseph’s University request more information below, or call us today at (610) 660-3400.

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