School Psychology Department
ADVANCED BEHAVIORAL TECHNIQUES WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
This course is designed to teach advanced behavioral assessment and intervention techniques for use with children and families impacted by major mental health concerns and behavioral impairments. The focus of the course will be to prepare students to have a broad understanding of evidence-based and effective behavioral and cognitive-behavioral options when faced with youth exhibiting extremely challenging, self-destructive, explosive, and detrimental behavioral patterns. Family and systems theory concerns will also be explored in the context of needs and challenges related to enhancing effectiveness of interventions with children impacted by abuse, neglect, substance abuse and/or chaotic systemic involvement. In addition to focusing on theory and skills related to advanced behavioral techniques, this the course will focus on the importance of having enhanced ability to reflect on changing data and responses to intervention, and will examine impediments to clinician creativity, flexibility and self-introspection that detract from desired behavioral outcomes.