Developmental Disabilities Concentration Courses

Degree: Master of Science in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health
Program (Major/College): MSCABH/CBCS
Concentration: Developmental Disabilities
CBCS Department: Child & Family Studies
Concentration Director: Christopher Vatland, Ph.D.

Concentration Competencies

In addition to the four core courses (12 credit hours), the courses for this concentration are listed below.

Required Courses (12 credit hours)

MHS 6410 - Intensive Individualized Positive Behavior Support
Provides class participants with knowledge and skills necessary to support develop, implement, and evaluate the impact of positive behavior support at an individual level including functional behavior assessment and behavior support in various settings.

MHS 6065 - Issues and Trends in Developmental Disabilities
This course introduces students to a variety of evidence-based behavioral health practices for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. Lessons address identification and evaluation of evidence based practices, research, and ethics.

MHS 6066 - Systems, Services and Supports for Children and Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities
This course provides students with the tools and understanding needed to evaluate service systems for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. Lessons address services, systems of care, and policies affecting services.

MHS 6067 - Evidence-based Practices for Children & Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities
The course addresses identification and evaluation of evidence-based behavioral health practices, the applied research underpinning the range of practices (including positive behavior support and applied behavior analysis), ethical guidelines in their application, and the integration of the principles of strength-based and family-centered care in behavioral health practices and interventions.

Electives (9 credit hours)

MHS 6095 - Family-Centered Interdisciplinary Practice: SOC
Provides an overview of a SOC approach to children's mental health; prepares professionals to work in respectful partnership with families/youth and to participate in interdisciplinary teams serving children and their families. Unrestricted. Non-repeatable.

MHS 6942 - Practicum in Evidence-Based Practices and Service Delivery for Children and Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities
This practicum allows students to apply, integrate, and synthesize knowledge about evidence-based practices being used in behavioral health settings that provide services to children and adolescents with developmental disabilities.

MHS 6945 - Leadership Practicum in Agencies Serving Children and Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities
This practicum is designed to provide students with experience in policy, leadership, and administration in an agency that serves children and adolescents with a developmental disability.

MHS 6605 - Addressing Challenging Behavior in Children
This course is focused on the application of a promotion, prevention, and intervention framework to promote the social development of children ages birth to five and address behavioral issues.

PSY 6217 - Single Case Experimental Design
Describes ABA research methodology with emphasis on single case experimental designs that utilize within subject repeated measures of behavior: multiple baseline, ABAB reversal, alternating treatments, and changing criterion designs.

MHS 7748 - Statistical Applications
The course covers the basic applications of statistical concepts and techniques essential to translational research and evaluation in child and adolescent behavioral health.

MHS 6508 - Wraparound
This course explores the wraparound philosophy and focuses on developing supportive community structures for the delivery of wraparound services. Research, evaluation, and methodology in wraparound interventions are addressed.

MHS 7740 - Survey Course in Mental Health Planning
This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of planning, evaluation and accountability methods within a systems context. Emphasis is placed on a broad range of quantitative and qualitative methods.

PHC 6193 - Qualitative Methods
This course provides classroom instruction and field application of qualitative research methods for studying community health problems. It provides a general introduction to ethnographic field methods, emphasizing systematic approaches to collection and analysis of qualitative data.