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Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

The 24-credit Advanced Certificate program in Applied Behavior Analysis provides students with the knowledge base and skills stipulated by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB©) as constituting basic competence for behavior analysts.  These competences include the following: Knowledge of professional issues and ethics; basic characteristics of the science of behavior analysis; principles, processes and concepts; behavioral assessment; measurement of behavior; experimental evaluation of interventions; interpretation of data; selection of intervention outcomes and strategies; behavior change procedures; and, systemic work with agencies and institutions. 

The purpose of the program is to educate and train behavior analysts who will serve children and adults who present with a wide array of emotional, behavioral, and neurological issues (e.g., intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders), particularly in complex, urban settings. This program is a natural extension for individuals who are currently on one on the following two career paths:

Certified school-based professionals (e.g., classroom teachers, administrators, or pupil personnel providers), or individuals who are in a program that leads to school-based certification, who attend this applied behavior analysis program, develop a more refined skill set to deal with children who evidence emotional, behavioral and neurological issues within the school setting.

Licensed mental health and health care professionals (e.g., mental health counselors, physician assistants, psychologists, clinical social workers, nurses or marriage and family therapists), or individuals who are license-eligible such that they have satisfied the educational requirements for licensure in these fields and are completing experience and/or examination requirements, who attend this applied behavior analysis program work skillfully with both children and adults with emotional, behavioral and neurological issues in a variety of mental health and health care settings.

For more information on the Advanced Certificate Program in Applied Behavior Analysis, contact Dr. Andrew Livanis, Chair of the Department of Counseling and School Psychology, at or at 718-780-4053.

Behavior Analysis Certification Board

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc (BACB©) has approved the LIU-Brooklyn ABA Advanced Certificate course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA©) examination under the 4th Edition requirements that will go into effect in 2015. Applicants will have to meet additional supervision requirements to qualify for board certification.

For more information about Behavior Analyst Certification, visit the BACB Web site.