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Certificate Programs in Applied Behavior Analysis

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    Certificate in Childhood Clinical Disorders (15-credits)

    Practitioners working with children encounter a variety of clinical challenges that require a broad knowledge base and an ability to tailor intervention to a wide range of presenting issues. This concentration prepares practitioners to address the broad range of issues encountered in clinical and educational settings serving children. Special attention is given to the importance of evidence-based intervention and collaboration across disciplines. 

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    Certificate in Mental Health (15-credits)

    The application of ABA to mental health is an area with great potential for the field and for the issues facing society. This concentration enables practitioners to learn the procedures best suited to helping this population to maximize their skill development and reduce the extent to which their challenges interfere with their ability to cope.  Special attention is given to evidence-based intervention and to attending to issues in self-management and quality of life.

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    Certificate in Organizational Behavior Management (15-credits)

    Skills in management, training, and supervision are essential for behavior analysts as they move into professional roles.  This concentration is especially valuable to practitioners who have worked in the field for a few years, and are now in a position of supervisory and evaluative responsibility. The field of ABA has an enormous volume of evidence-based strategies for the managerial elements of work.  This concentration trains the practitioner to implement systems wide behavior analytic models for staff training, for performance management, for supervision, and for systems creation.

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    Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (21-credits)

    The applied behavior analysis (ABA) certification program does not lead to teacher licensing in Massachusetts but does prepare students to work with children with disabilities who participate in integrated or self-contained classrooms.

    The program also includes courses that meet the educational requirements to sit for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board. This is a unique, advanced-level component that focuses on the application of behavioral principles in addressing the needs of exceptional learners.

    The program leads to eligibility for the Behavior Analysis Certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). 

    Students in the ABA programs are charged a one time fee of $1,000 in their first semester. This fee is used to cover subscriptions to online learning tools used throughout the program. Please contact the program director if you have any questions about this fee. 

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    Certificate in Autism (15-credits)

    Autism service delivery is a complex endeavor, as the spectrum is wide and the skill set is diverse.  Practitioners will learn about the unique challenges and characteristics associated with autism, and will learn evidence-based strategies for assessing behavior, increasing adaptive skills, and reducing the interference posed by challenging behaviors.  All students will take a course outlining best practices and current recommendations for autism intervention. All students will learn collaborative skills to work in partnership with individuals with autism and their families, and to work within an interdisciplinary team context to maximize outcomes. Three electives will be chosen by the student to enable specialization in areas most congruent with their goals and settings.

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