Behaviour Analysis Practicum
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Learning outcomes will be achieved though both online academic course work in classes and practical training (in an off-campus setting). Ethical standards and professional conduct will be covered. The practical issues that come with observing and administering a psychological assessment, as well as designing and implementing behaviour-change procedures, will be addressed both in class and through the practical training. Students will learn about and carry out an assessment with the aim of identifying skill deficits and design behaviour-change procedures to remedy the skill deficits.Online class attendance and regular communication via Moodle is expected. During class, your work will be presented to and discussed with the group. If you know you will be absent from any classes or from a pre-planned meeting at the off-campus setting, make sure you give your apologies via email. You will also be expected to liaise with relevant people in the setting in which you will be doing your practical work. You will arrange times to be in that setting to undertake assessments, observations, and other tasks relevant to your project.
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:
gather information about a client and conduct a VB-MAPP assessment. Use the assessment results to formulate and provide recommendations regarding treatment or intervention.
Linked to the following assessments:
participate in group discussions and reflection on your own and other’s work.
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work in line with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s (BACB) Guidelines for Responsible Conduct for Behavior Analysts, BACB Professional Disciplinary and Ethical Standards and NZ Psychologists Board’s Code of Ethics.
and other standards which might be identified.Linked to the following assessments:
work within the rubric of applied behaviour analysis
(e.g., as in BACB’s Task List, defined by Baer, Wolf, and Risley’s (1968, 1987) seven dimensions, as a scientist practitioner, as an evidence-based practitioner, and other models which might be identified).Linked to the following assessments:
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.
Error: Assessment components must add up to 100%
At least one Assessment Component needs to be entered
|Component Description||Due Date||Time||Percentage of overall mark||Submission Method||Compulsory|
|1. Contact Log||
|2. Video, Reflection, and Group Discussion of the VB-MAPP||
|3. Results summary||
Required and Recommended Readings*
There is no required text but you will be referred to various texts and articles during class supervision. You will also be expected to find materials on your own. Details of some of the readings will be provided on Moodle. The APA (American Psychological Association) manual (7th edition) may be useful for your writing and referencing.
Two books you may find useful:
Martin, G., & Pear, J. (2014). Behavior modification: What it is and how to do it. (10th ed.). Pearson.
Cooper, J. O., Heron, T.E., & Heward, W. L. (2014). Applied behavior analysis. (2nd ed.). Pearson Prentice Hall.
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Successful completion of this course provides coursework hours towards the Behavior Analyst Certification Board coursework hours. The hours provided are in the following areas:
4th edition task list: A & H: Measurement inc. data analysis, 10 hours; G & I & D. Identification of the Problem and Assessment, 20 hours, D & E: Fundamental elements of behaviour change and specific behaviour change procedures, 10 hours; K. Implementation, Management and supervision: 5 hours.
5th edition task list: C & D: Measurement, data display and interpretation; experimental design, 10 hours; F: Behaviour assessment, 20 hours; G & H Behaviour change procedures, selecting and implementing interventions, 10 hours; I: Personnel supervision and management, 5 hours.
The amount of work expected of a typical student in a 15-point graduate paper (offered over one semester) is approximately 10 hours per week. These figures are only approximations, as papers vary in their requirements and students vary in both the amount of effort required and the level of grades they wish to achieve.
Linkages to Other Papers*
Prerequisite papers: PSYC314 or PSYCH314 and PSYC307 or PSYCH307, or equivalents
Restricted Papers: PSYC587