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This course covers theoretical background for behavioral interventions with children, practical applications, and case studies. Through an integration of these methods, students will develop a working knowledge of best practices for working with children with behavioral challenges.
Betsy Hoza ()
Dates: May 18 - June 12, 2015; Prereq: PSYC 001 or instructor's permission
This course covers theoretical background for behavioral interventions with children as well as practical applications. Students will acquire a working knowledge of the basic principles and methods involved in behavior modification. Using this acquired knowledge, a major focus of the course will be on practical applications of these principles to a variety of settings involving children and youth such as home, school, and community/ extracurricular activities. Students will develop knowledge of best practices for working with families of children with behavioral challenges across a wide variety of settings. This course is applicable to students and professionals from a range of disciplines (e.g., psychology, education, social work, nursing, pediatrics) seeking to augment their ability to develop, implement, and monitor programs for behavior change relevant to children and their families. Course Learning Objectives: Students will develop knowledge of best practices for working with families of children with behavioral challenges across a wide variety of settings. At the conclusion of the course students should be able to: 1) Describe primary principles underlying behavior modification; 2) Identify and operationalize specific target behaviors; 3) Develop basic behavior change programs; 4) Collect data to evaluate program success; 5) Graph data to evaluate progress.
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