PSY 2405 - Introduction to Behavior Modification
This course outlines behavior modification and cognitive behavioral therapy. The focus of study is on the presentation and incorporation of learning theory and the psychology of motivation. The course will concentrate on behavior problems and solving those problems through the application of evidence based behavior-change techniques. Specific procedures will include reinforcement, shaping, chaining, respondent conditioning and cognitive-behavioral interventions.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentor
  • Demonstrate classical and operant conditioning models
  • Illustrate cognitive-behavioral and behavioral interventions in treatment
  • Review the effectiveness of self-help behavioral interventions
  • Examine current research on behavior theory
  • Understand legal, ethical and cultural aspects of cognitive behavioral treatment
  • Evaluate and incorporate emerging relevant technologies applicable to the field of psychology
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology

Course Concepts:

Learners will understand concepts of…

· Cognitive-behavioral and behavioral interventions in treatment.
· Diverse behavioral, medical, and intrapsychic models.
· The psychology of learning, including classical and operant conditioning.
· Assessment and data collection such as the evaluation of overt behavior.
· The nature and treatment of pathological anxiety.
· Behavioral interventions for schizophrenia.
· The evaluation and treatment of eating disorders.
· The development of behavioral and cognitive strategies for the treatment of
Addictive behaviors.
· The study and practice of behavioral couples therapy.
· Clinical techniques by behaviorally oriented sex therapists.
· How behavioral medicine plays an important role in the management of a wide
Range of disease conditions.
· The principles and procedures of behavior management.
· An eclectic approach to treating children with ADHD.
· A fundamental parent-training model.
· The assessment and treatment of antisocial behavior in families.
· Diagnosis and treatment of depression in children and adolescents.
· Procedures in remediating adaptive behaviors in the mentally retarded
· The behavioral treatment of autism.
· Applications of behavioral techniques to children who are ill or injured.
· Progress and insight gained through clinical research.