Course Description

This course focuses on behavioral assessments. Specifically, the course covers the following areas: identifying the problem behavior, conducting a functional assessment (indirect and descriptive assessments), understanding the different types of functional analysis, developing function-based behavior goals, and developing a function-based behavior treatment plan. The course also covers other assessments such as preference assessments, reinforcer assessments, Vineland, and VB-MAPP. Lastly, other aspects of applied behavior analysis and their application to clinical practice and research are also covered in this course.

Course Outline

Students attend weekly lectures, complete weekly quizzes, contribute to class discussions, conduct a functional behavior assessment, and develop a function-based behavior treatment plan. As part of this course, students are expected to work with a client and conduct an FBA (without conducting an FA) under the direct supervision of a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA). If students have a difficult time identifying a client and/or obtaining a BCBA supervisor, please contact Dr. Kim for alternative arrangements.

Learner Outcomes

Objective 1: Students will understand the process of conducting a functional behavior assessment, which includes the following components: indirect assessments, direct assessments, and functional analysis.

Objective 2: Students will also learn about alternative assessments as they relate to behavior.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates



Assistant Behavior Analyst Professional Certificate Application
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