Attention Behavior Analysts in Pennsylvania!
Are you looking for ways to meet the training requirements for a behavior specialist license in Pennsylvania that fits your hectic schedule?
You're in luck!

Based on review of available definitions provided by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Autism, the following set of continuing education on-demand courses being offered by Florida Institute of Technology's ABA Online program, in partnership with ABA Technologies, Inc., meets the 90 hours of training requirements for Pennsylvania's behavior specialist license. (ABA Technologies is a BACB-approved provider of type-2 continuing education for behavior analysts.)

With this listing of courses, you can:

  • Identity what hours you need in order to apply for a license as a behavior specialist  
  • Choose which requirements you are missing or
  • Finish the complete-90 hour set

To apply for a Pennsylvania behavior specialist license using our coursework, you will need to complete the following items in the Pennsylvania license application:

  • Verification of Education- Form 2, Section 1 (For individuals who completed a master’s degree with FIT)
  • Verification of 90 Hours of Evidence-Based Coursework, Form 5, Section 1 and Section 2B
  • Also, you will need to provide copies of certificates of completion for courses taken with us

Please fill out the forms listed above after completing the requirements outlined below and send to us by scanning and emailing (abace@fit.edu) or by fax (321-674-7050).

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Assessments (BEHP1085)

Required: 16 hours

This combination of four presentations reviews a range of areas starting out with the importance of accurate reinforcement identification and an overview of preference assessment methodology as well as a discussion of reinforcer assessment methodology. Next covered is a brief review of functional assessment methodologies and discussion of how core diagnostic features of ASD can interact with aspects of the environment to give rise to severe problem behavior. Specific functional analysis topics include the assessment of low frequency and high risk behaviors, combined versus separate response topographies, medication effects and the use of functional analysis with young children. Finally, the use of a language assessment program (The VB-MAPP) based on Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior and the language acquisition milestones of typically developing children is detailed.

Click here to register for the Assessments PA course.

This course comprises of all of the following CE workshops:

BEHP1026: Applications of Verbal Behavior: Language Assessment (5)

BEHP1041: Functional Assessment of Behavioral Disturbances Related to Diagnostic Features of ASD (4.5)

BEHP1043: Advanced Topics in Functional Analysis (5)

BEHP1083: Preference and Reinforcer Assessments (2)

 

 

Autism-Specific (BEHP1084)

Required: 18 hours

This course is a compilation of seven individual presentations detailing work with children with autism spectrum disorder in the following areas: establishment of instructional control, early manding objectives for teaching, B. F. Skinner’s natural science approach to the development of grammar and morphosyntactic structure, the use of stimulus equivalence technology while teaching basic skills to preschool children, the importance of stimulus class formation, the use of persistent error patterns with basic and applied research as well as some procedures for building behavioral chains and, finally, an overview of a program providing ABA services to students of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania using both discrete trial formats as well as natural environment teaching.

Click here to register for the Autism-Specific PA course.

This course comprises of all of the following CE workshops:

BEHP1047: Simple and Conditional Discrimination (5)

BEHP1048: Stimulus Class Formation in Children with Autism

BEHP1051: Teaching Children with Autism: Establishing Instructional Control (2.5)

BEHP1052: Teaching Early Mands to Children with Autism: Natural Environment Teaching (3)

BEHP1059: A Behavioral Analysis of Linguistic Structure: Increasing the Length of Utterance in Children with Autism (3)

BEHP1064: Large Scale VB Implementation (1.5)

BEHP1070: Persistent Error Patterns (1.5)

 

 

Co-Morbidity & Medications (BEHP1088)

Required: 8 hours

The first of the three presentations discusses historical psychotropic medication use, side effects and the practical and ethical issues involved in coordinating behavioral and psychiatric services, and provides specific best-practice recommendations based on peer-reviewed literature on their effect on specific behaviors. The second presentation reviews genetic and environmental factors involved in autism, along with promising research on diagnosis, screening and treatment approaches for ASD. The recent increase in the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders is presented with discussion of “the autisms” actually being multiple conditions with multiple etiologies. Early intervention, innovative technologies for those who are older and treatment of medical conditions associated with ASD for improved quality of life are detailed. The third presentation presents cautions as it reviews the nonscience roots of the rise of medicalization and variables that tend to maintain medicalization, research concerning the effectiveness of medications and critical examination of research cited in support of biological interpretations of common disorders.

Click here to register for the Co-Morbidity & Medications PA course.

This course comprises of all of the following CE workshops:

BEHP1050: Enhancing Your Behavioral Practice in the Era of Biopsychiatry and Big Pharma (4)

BEHP1054: ABA and Psychiatric Services (3.5)

BEHP1065: New Directions in Autism Research (1)

 

 

Crisis Intervention (BEHP1087)

Required: 8 Hours

The first presentation of this course assists the practitioner in understanding the “tantrum” crisis problem behavior in terms of planning an effective treatment plan. Often these types of problem behaviors are maintained by socially mediated negative reinforcement, which is almost always evoked by an establishing operation (EO) for negative reinforcement. This presentation provides flowcharts, tables and many case studies to assist the ABA practitioner in identifying these antecedent variables and incorporate them into treatment plans. The second presentation of this course reviews a behavioral day treatment program designed for children with severe crisis, high-risk behaviors. This evidence based program discusses the integration of home, school and wrap-around services with preventive and reactive components of the behavioral management program. Emphasis is also placed on the importance of data-based staff supervision to improve outcomes with these severe behaviors.

Click here to register for the Crisis Intervention PA course.

This course comprises of all of the following CE workshops:

BEHP1014: Figuring Out Why Johnny Tantrums When Asked to Do Something and What to Do About It. (6)

BEHP1031: ACHIEVE: A Day Program for Children with Behavioral Disabilities (3.5)

 

 

Family Collaboration (BEHP1089)

Required: 5 hours

The first of these two presentations highlights the importance of Skinner’s vision for behavior analysis—that it would become a mainstream science pertinent for both the minor and major problems of everyday human life, including with typical families. Topics here include working with families on common behavioral problems such as bedtime resistance, toilet training, thumb sucking, toddler misbehavior and adolescent instructional control issues with an emphasis on parent- and child-friendly language and easy-to-understand health education and prescriptive treatment. The second presentation discusses specifically the role of the behavioral consultant in terms of necessary skills to establish ourselves as conditioned reinforcers for parents and families to assist in collaboration success. The specific components discussed include initial contact, interviewing skills during an assessment, active listening skills, giving and receiving feedback, setting expectations and interpersonal don’ts that behavioral consultants should try to avoid. All of these are reviewed with everyday child and family scenarios.

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This course comprises the following CE workshops:

BEHP1039: Professionalism (3)

BEHP1042: Mainstream Behavior Analysis (4)

 

 

Instructional Strategies & Best Practices (BEHP1086)

Required: 16 hours

These four presentations will start with an overview of effective social skills teaching via groups, social stories and video modeling. The often inaccurate “identification” of reinforcers is discussed via client and caregiver report. Then, selection- and duration-based preference assessments, including the assessment of reinforcer strength with various schedules, are detailed. Research on reinforcer variation, choice, token reinforcers and what influences response allocation as well as the concepts of extrinsic versus intrinsic motivation are reviewed. Finally, the application of behavioral economics to reinforcer effort and consumption are detailed along with noncontingent reinforcement and behavioral momentum as applied to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Click here to register for the Instructional Strategies & Best Practices PA course.

This course comprises of all of the following CE workshops:

BEHP1044: Arranging Reinforcement Systems in Applied Settings: Lessons from Basic and Applied Research Part 1 (4.5)

BEHP1045: Arranging Reinforcement Systems in Applied Settings: Lessons from Basic and Applied Research Part (2.5)

BEHP1046: Arranging Reinforcement Systems in Applied Settings Lessons from Basic and Applied Research Part 3 (5.5)

BEHP1075: Teaching Social Skills to Individuals Diagnosed with Autism (1)

 

 

Professional Ethics (BEHP1010)

Required: 3 hours

Specific Skill Deficits Training (BEHP1090)

Required: 16 hours

The first of these four presentations targets deficits in verbal behavior as identified by the VB-MAPP assessment. Issues and recommendations regarding the use of an augmentative communication system, methods of data collection and suggestions for program designs, generalization and teaching procedures for structured teaching sessions (DTT) and less structured teaching opportunities (NET) are included. The second presentation focuses on increasing vocal production in some children with autism through vocal production during mand training and vocal shaping procedures. Highlights include video demonstrations and case studies presented as illustrations of implementation in clinical settings. The third presentation also uses video clips to demonstrate the use of the transitive conditioned motivation operation (CMO-T) in remediation of deficits in language and social skills in children with autism. This presentation highlights the teaching of mands for missing objects and information as well as the conditioning of social attention and other child actions as reinforcers. Finally, the last presentation focuses on skill deficits in the area of compliance during instruction with a focus on the reflexive conditioned motivating operation to reduce escape and avoidance behaviors.

Click here to register for the Specific Skill Deficits Training PA course.

This course comprises of all of the following CE workshops:

BEHP1027: Applications of Verbal Behavior: Language Intervention (6.5)

BEHP1056: The Role of the Transitive Conditioned Motivation Operation (CMO-T) in Teaching Language, Social Skills and Pragmatic Skills to Children with Autism (2.5)

BEHP1057: The Role of the Conditioned Motivation Operation During Discrete Trial Instruction of Children with Autism (3.5)

BEHP1058: Increasing the Vocal Verbal Behavior of Children with Autism (3.5)

 

In Need of Financial Assistance? We Can Help!

Our continuing education units (CE) courses qualify for the Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan. The Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan is a private loan based on an individual’s credit. In order to use this method of financial aid toward Florida Tech’s CE courses, your loan amount must be equal to or greater than $500.

Interested in Applying For Sallie Mae?

Contact Sallie Mae by phone at:1-888-272-5543 or visit: https://www.salliemae.com/student-loans/career-training-smart-option-student-loan/

How do I use a Sallie Mae loan to fund these courses?

  • Step 1: Apply for Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan
  • Step 2: Contact our office 3 to 5 days after your loan approval via email at abareg@fit.edu or contact 321-674-8382, option 2; this will allow our office to certify your loan through the financial aid office.
  • Step 3: Complete and return the two forms that are sent to you via email:
    • Course Registration Form
    • Financial Responsibility Form
  • Step 4: Once we have received all needed items we will automatically complete your course registration. Once registered your will receive a confirmation email.

How Will I Receive My Loan Disbursement?

Sallie Mae payments are issued using EFT (electronic fund transfer). Once payment is received by Florida Tech we will keep any fees due to us and issue a check refund of the remaining funds to you.

Any Questions?

We can be reached Monday- Friday from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EST by phone 321-674-8382, Option 2 or Email: abareg@fit.edu