PSY 638 Behavioral Assessment and Intervention I

3 units

This course covers the knowledge and skills for identifying client problems, communicating behavioral concepts in nontechnical language, and collaborating with others who support and/or provide services to one’s clients. Students learn to design and implement individualized behavioral assessment procedures and organize, analyze, and interpret observed data. Building on foundational knowledge of the concepts and principles of applied behavior analysis, this course teaches how to design individualized behavior change protocols to address challenging behavior and skill acquisition needs.

This course prepares students to work with diverse populations. The course addresses a variety of topics including gender, trauma, cross-cultural supervision, application of the behavior analyst certification board (BACB) Ethics code when working with diverse populations, education on various cultures, beliefs, expectations, how they best or least interact with other cultures/ethnicities, ASD and culture, bias, LGBTQIA+, working with low socioeconomic status (SES) populations, use of translators, and the neurodiversity movement. Prerequisites: PSY 613, 615; & 634 (or may be taken concurrently with PSY 634).