NACOGDOCHES, Texas – A new certification program from Stephen F. Austin State University James I. Perkins College of Education will help prepare students to become board-certified behavior analysts who apply behavioral principles to solve problems social problems.
âABA certified people provide essential services to our community,â said Dr Luis Aguerrevere, Acting Chairman of the Social Services and Educational Leadership Department of the SFA. “They teach children and adults specific behavioral skills, which include communication, self-help, and social skills.”
Authorized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in 2020 and the Association for Behavior Analysis International, the Applied Behavior Analysis certification program emphasizes critical thinking, communication, personal and social responsibility, empirical and quantitative skills, and the teamwork.
“We are committed to developing ethical, responsible and competent researchers in behavior analysis,” said Dr. Jaime Flowers, assistant professor of school psychology and certification program coordinator. âWe will use a practitioner-scientist / academic training model in which practice, research and theory are seen as integrated components.â
Beginning in fall 2021, the program’s courses will be taught face-to-face, in person or via video conference, in the evenings so that those working full-time can participate in the program.
âClasses will be offered in a cohort model to allow students to build relationships and progress through the program as a group,â said Flowers.
The program’s 315-hour course sequence meets the Behavior Analysts Certification Board’s eligibility criteria for students taking the Certified Behavior Analyst or Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst exam.
The certification is designed for individuals pursuing their Masters in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, Psychology, Teaching and Counseling, among others.
âThere are additional requirements to become a BCBA, but the courses offered will fulfill the course portion of the certification,â said Flowers. âThis specific certification gives graduates of the program a specialty in behavior analysis that they can use in a variety of settings such as schools, mental health clinics, hospitals, and business organizations.â
Certification is required by most healthcare companies to provide applied behavior analysis therapy to people with developmental disabilities.
To be eligible for the program, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited higher education institution. They must also have a master’s degree or be enrolled in a master’s program in psychology, education or a related field. In addition, applicants must meet the minimum GPA requirements.
For more information on the certification program, email Flowers at [email protected] or visit sfasu.edu/abacertification.
By Jo Gilmore, Marketing Communications Specialist at Stephen F. Austin State University.
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