Satellite Programs in Behavior Analysis

The Satellite Programs in Behavior Analysis (SPBA) provides training through partnerships with human service agencies, universities, and other organizations worldwide. These partnerships allow us to offer a customizable approach to educating staff. Courses can be delivered online or in a hybrid format. Our practical training coordinator will work with the partnering organization to develop a plan for supervised experience for students and monitor student progress. The cost of the program depends on a number of factors, including mode of instruction preferred by the partnering organization (i.e., face-to-face, online), availability of practical training supervisors in the region and the number of students enrolled.

SPBA has been delivering training in behavior analysis since 1995. We look forward to adding your organization to our list of collaborators!

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Master of Science in Behavior Analytic Psychology

The master’s program is fully accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). Curriculum is pre-approved by ABAI as meeting the course requirements for students pursuing their BCBA in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom. The curriculum includes 37 total credits and can be completed in 2.5 years. This program includes research training, BCBA certification exam preparation, and practical training coordination.

Admissions requirements

Graduate School admissions requirements include:

  • Completed application for Graduate School Admission
  • Nonrefundable application fee
  • Copy of official transcripts from all universities and/or colleges attended
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores as needed

Send the above items to:

Graduate School
Mail Stop 326
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557

SPBA admissions requirements include:

  • Completed SPBA application form
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A brief statement of purpose
  • A curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA

Send the above items to:

Satellite Programs in Behavior Analysis
Psychology Department / 296
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557
USA


Graduate Course Sequence in Applied Behavior Analysis

The graduate course sequence in applied behavior analysis is pre-approved by ABAI as meeting the course requirements for students pursuing their BCBA in the United States, Canada, Australia and United Kingdom. This sequence is for those who already hold a master’s degree in Education, Psychology, or Behavior Analysis and wish to pursue certification. The curriculum consists of 22 credits. Certification exam preparation and practical training coordination are included in the program.

Admissions requirements

SPBA admissions requirements include:

  • Completed SPBA application form
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A brief statement of purpose
  • A curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Nonrefundable application fee
  • Copy of official transcripts from all universities and/or colleges attended
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA

Send the above items to:

Satellite Program in Behavior Analysis
Psychology Department / 296
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557
USA


Undergraduate Course Sequence in Applied Behavior Analysis

The undergraduate course sequence in applied behavior analysis is pre-approved by ABAI as meeting the course requirements for BCaBA certification. The curriculum consists of 19 credits of course work. Certification exam preparation and practical training coordination are included in the program.

Admissions requirements

SPBA admissions requirements include:

  • Completed SPBA application form
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A brief statement of purpose
  • A curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Nonrefundable application fee
  • Copy of official transcripts from all universities and/or colleges attended
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA

Send the above items to:

Satellite Program in Behavior Analysis
Psychology Department / 296
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557
USA


Professional Development Courses

Behavior Analysis Level I Behavior Technician Training

The Level I RBT Staff Training Program offered by the University of Nevada, Reno’s Satellite Programs in Behavior Analysis is a 40+ hour training based on the RBT Task List (2nd edition) provided by the BACB. The program is offered independently of the BACB. This basic training course utilizes science based asynchronous instruction delivery. An assigned qualified instructor will monitor student progress throughout and provide feedback to students. The course consists of modules that include videos, readings, and questions. They then will complete a prep guide based on the material delivered in the modules. This prep guide will help students lead a discussion with a small group (4-5 students). An instructor will review discussions and provide a clarifying lecture for the students based on the understanding demonstrated in these discussions. Students will complete a weekly quiz to ensure understanding. All students that receive a grade of “B” or above will receive a Level I completion certificate at the end of the course.

Behavior Analysis Level II Behavior Technician Training

The Level II RBT Staff Training Program includes in-person intensive instruction in addition to the 40-hour course required for the Level I Training. Students will participate in training sessions that utilize behavioral skills training (BST) to teach hands-on skills. BST has been empirically proven as an effective teaching strategy. Sessions will include demonstrations, one-on-one practice with and without clients, and individualized feedback for all students. Assessments of competency will be provided. The program is offered independently of the BACB.

Customizable Professional Development Workshops and Courses

SPBA offers a variety of workshops and more advanced trainings. Both in person and online options are available. Each course/workshop is customized to fit the needs of the organization. Cost is determined based on the plan developed in coordination with the organization.


SPBA Practical Training

Supervisors

The supervisors of the practical training component of the master’s program are Board Certified Behavior Analysts in good standing who have undergone the supervisor training required by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Practical Training Supervisors are responsible to the SPBA Practical Training Coordinator.

Description

Six credits of practicum coursework are distributed throughout the program. Students enrolled in practicum coursework are required to complete 1,500 hours of intensive supervised fieldwork or 2,000 hours of supervised fieldwork. Practical training can take place in multiple environments with a variety of clients, SPBA will work with each sponsoring agency to develop a practical training plan that best suits the students’ interests and career goals.

Students will participate in a blend of group and individual meetings with their supervisor. Supervisors will observe trainees performing behavior analytic tasks and provide guidance and feedback. During meetings, supervisors will model technical, professional, and ethical acquisition targets. Supervisors will teach trainees to monitor the effects of behavioral service delivery and oversee this process. The supervisor will also monitor the outcomes of their own supervision and make changes to procedures as needed.

In addition to observations and meetings, supervisors will direct trainees to complete client related, BACB task-list oriented assignments. These assignments will include readings and discussion, behavioral program development, literature reviews on client related topics, data analysis and interpretation, developing data recording systems, etc. (see BACB fieldwork standards for additional examples of activities). These assignments will be reviewed during meetings, and feedback will be provided.