The URI Certificate Program in Applied Behavioral Psychology is a five-course sequence designed to provide training and experience in the use of behavioral approaches with children, adolescents, and adults in educational and mental health settings. The program emphasizes psychological research findings and practical applications of these approaches.
This program is designed for students planning to become educators or mental health workers, or for agency staff and administrators wishing to upgrade skills. Classes are taught by experienced instructors, and include training and supervision from professionals currently active in the field. Practicum sites include the Groden Center, a nationally recognized treatment program for autism and other behavioral disorders.
The certificate program consists of five 3-credit courses, which may also be applied toward a degree at URI. PSY 113 (General Psychology) or its equivalent is a program prerequisite. The required courses are the following:
- Either PSY 232 Developmental Psychology
or PSY 254 Behavior Problems and Personality Disorders
- PSY 361 Learning
- PSY 442 The Exceptional Individual
- PSY 471 Applied Behavioral Analysis
- PSY 473 Practicum in Behavioral Psychology
Students are required to maintain a C average. At least 50% of the coursework must be taken at URI. Persons who have taken equivalents for up to two of the courses elsewhere may apply for transfer credit. Equivalencies for courses taken at Rhode Island College or the Community College of Rhode Island are found at http://www.ritransfers.org/how-courses-transfer/#equivalencies.
When all required courses have been successfully completed, contact the URI Psychology Department in order to receive the certificate. Completion of the program indicates that the student has successfully completed requirements of the URI for the certificate. No degree or external certification is implied.