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PSY 2250 Behavior Modification

This course will provide students with knowledge of learning principles and skills required to implement basic behavioral interventions in school, home, industry, clinical, and other social settings. Operant, respondent, and cognitive-behavior modification methods are reviewed in terms of treatment interventions, self-control strategies, and improving productivity in industry.

Division: Liberal Arts, Communication and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: No

Prereqs: PSY 1100 


  • Demonstrate knowledge of procedural, legal, and ethical issues regarding the implementation of behavioral modification programs.
  • Employ behavior modification techniques to improve self-control and personal effectiveness.
  • Explain and apply methods used to influence behavior, i.e., reinforcement, punishment, modeling, stimulus control, etc.
  • Develop programs using operant, respondent, and cognitive-behavioral techniques to adaptively modify behavior.
  • Conduct a functional baseline assessment.
  • Use empirical literature to link intervention to assessment.
  • Operationally define a variety of behaviors in observable and measurable terms.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of behavioral interventions in a systematic manner.

Credit Hours: 3

Classroom Hours: 3