Applied Behavior Analysis at Saint Louis University

I can do something to, you know, change
the lives of other people and do so in a way that is both kind and functional… I’d
like to do that. A lot of the different behaviors that we
see in skills that we’re trying to teach aren’t just affecting the one single person
that we’re treating. It’s affecting their school life; it’s affecting, you know,
their family at home… so it’s really kind of looking at the client really as a
whole unit. We had to do 1,500 hours of practicum. It kind of looked a lot like what
I do now on the day-to-day. So that could include again doing different behavioral
assessments, writing plans, doing parent intakes as well as doing one-on-one
therapy with the kiddos. We’re really working to teach kids skills that they
may not have right now that could include anything from helping them make
new friends or, you know, teaching them which types of behaviors are appropriate
based on different settings. It definitely changes the dynamic of their
lives both with friends as well as, you know, it’s overall changing the family
dynamic. I helped out in the functional analysis gambling lab with Dr. Wilson.
She has a research lab with several different slot machines and different
casino related stimuli to try to see what motivates people to play on
different machines. It definitely prepared us in a lot of ways. I don’t
think that without that I would have been as prepared had it just been, you
know, just coursework. So it was nice to be more hands-on and practicing those
skills. There’s different opportunities in OBM, so organizational behavior
management. So that could kind of look like changing different behaviors in a
larger business type of a setting as well as,
you know, kind of leaning more towards the research side doing you know
research with both human and animal subjects. I think every one that in my
cohort graduated with jobs all lined up.

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