Course Overview

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Behavioral Technician Training on Applied Behavioral Analysis Part 3: Why Behavior Occurs by Krista Kennedy, MS, LLP, BCBA is the third of a planned seven-part series providing Behavior Technician Training on Applied Behavioral Analysis to direct care workers. Part 3 identifies the four functions of behavior to distinguish and label the units of the 3-term contingency. Participants will also have an opportunity to better understand and practice ABC data collection. It will take approximately one hour to complete this course.

  • Credit Hours: MCBAP-R (1.0), MCBAP-S (0.0), Mi-CEC (0.0), Nursing (0.0)

Topics Covered

The Four Functions of Behavior

This course will provide the participants of this course information regarding Sensory Stimulation, Escape, Access to Attention, and Access to Tangibles. 

Three-Term Contingency Plans

This course covers the basics of Three-term Contingency plans and will provide evidence-based practices in developing these plans including identifying the antecedent, behavior and consequence stages for your clients. 

Applied Behavioral Analysis Data Collection

Participants of this course will develop a working understanding of collecting data for your practice and implementing that data in plan development. 

Additional Considerations

Reinforcement is a fundamental practice that is almost always used with other evidence-based
practices such as prompting, time delay, functional communication training, and differential
reinforcement of other behaviors.

Course Objectives

  • Identify the four functions of behavior
  • Label the units of three-term contingency
  • Practice and understand Applied Behavioral Analysis data collection

What People Are Saying

The module experience was a learning tool to further good practice in my work environment.

- Tanya B.