February 4, 2021 - 8:39am
A new class, Applied Behavior Analysis, recently launched at Pearl River Community College’s Forrest County Center.
The course is the first of three steps towards a Registered Behavior Technician Certification and is geared specifically for training teachers the basics of behavior analysis and how to use it with children on the Autism Spectrum.
Twenty-six students are enrolled in the mostly-online class, which began in the 2020 spring semester. Many of them are teachers or teacher assistants, some are parents of children with Autism.
The course is a three-step process: The coursework, a competency assessment and a national exam given by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.
Dr. Roberts, a former Psychology instructor at PRCC, offered this course description:
The course provides a basic introduction to the principles of applied behavior analysis with specific emphasis on applying the principals to teaching individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
She says the purpose of the course is to provide the necessary and required training to become a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). The coursework is considered the basic information a person needs to work in the field with supervision.
Dr. Roberts worked for PRCC from 2006-2013, beginning as an academic counselor and transitioning to a Psychology Instructor in 2009. In 2012, she transitioned to the Forrest County Center on a part-time basis while building a private practice. She currently co-owns Will’s Way, LLC, with Dr. Kimberly Bellipanni, providing psychological services, school consultation, and ABA therapy for children on the Autism Spectrum.
Dr. Jana Causey, Vice President for the Forrest County Center, Allied Health and Nursing programs, says PRCC is committed to serving local community needs.
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