Advanced Topical Study: Applications and Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis
Students learn applications of behavior analytic theories, procedures, and methods as they pertain to special populations (autism spectrum disorders, emotional behavioral disorders, and developmental disabilities). Specific behavioral challenges and research in the selected topics are discussed. Emphasis is placed on evidence-based practices and procedures to eliminate or minimize challenges, teach, and increase appropriate behaviors. Given the focus on application, students are required to conduct and complete a comprehensive written project utilizing behavior analytic principles. Ethical considerations in the use of behavioral interventions are thoroughly discussed.