Online Fall Student Orientation

In order to best support you as you start your journey with us, The Enrollment Team would like to invite you to our Online Fall New Student Orientation.

At the Orientation, you will have the opportunity to meet with your Enrollment Advisor, Academic Counselor, and other support staff and faculty.  We will be providing campus tours, enrollment and registration assistance and introducing you to all the opportunities, support services and resources available to you as a student at John F. Kennedy University.

Date and Time

  • Thursday, September 26, 2019
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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Location

  • Online

Online Summer Student Orientation

In order to best support you as you start your journey with us, The Enrollment Team would like to invite you to our Online Summer New Student Orientation.

At the Orientation, you will have the opportunity to meet with your Enrollment Advisor, Academic Counselor, and other support staff and faculty.  We will be providing campus tours, enrollment and registration assistance and introducing you to all the opportunities, support services and resources available to you as a student at John F. Kennedy University.

Date and Time

  • Thursday, May 30, 2019
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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Location

  • Online

Online Spring Student Orientation

In order to best support you as you start your journey with us, The Enrollment Team would like to invite you to our Online Spring New Student Orientation.

At the Orientation, you will have the opportunity to meet with your Enrollment Advisor, Academic Counselor, and other support staff and faculty.  We will be providing campus tours, enrollment and registration assistance and introducing you to all the opportunities, support services and resources available to you as a student at John F. Kennedy University.

Date and Time

  • Thursday, March 28, 2019
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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Location

  • Online

November Online University Information Session

Grab your favorite evening beverage, get comfortable and join us for our Online Info Session to learn more pursuing your passion with a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from JFK University.

At our open house, you’ll be able explore our programs, meet with advisors and faculty, learn about your financial aid options and apply for admission – all while in your most comfortable clothes, or wherever your busy life has you that day.

You’ll learn more about degree programs like:

Juris Doctorate
Doctor of Psychology – PsyD
MA Counseling Psychology
MA Counseling Psychology – Holistic
MA Applied Behavior Analysis
MA Consciousness & Transformative Studies
MA Sport Psychology
MA Creative Strategy
MA Holistic Health Education
Academic Certificate in Trauma Studies
BA Completion in Psychology
BA Completion in Legal Studies
Paralegal Certificate
HR Certificate

Navigate to the RSVP form to register for this online event – we’re holding it at a convenient time as well: 6:00p.m.!

Can’t make this one? Don’t worry, we have more. See more dates below!

Date and Time

  • Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • 6:00PM
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Location

  • Online

Info Session RSVP

  • Which program are you Interested in?
  • Military
  • Agree * Required

September Online University Information Session

Grab your favorite evening beverage, get comfortable and join us for our Online Info Session to learn more pursuing your passion with a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from JFK University.

At our open house, you’ll be able explore our programs, meet with advisors and faculty, learn about your financial aid options and apply for admission – all while in your most comfortable clothes, or wherever your busy life has you that day.

You’ll learn more about degree programs like:

Juris Doctorate
Doctor of Psychology – PsyD
MA Counseling Psychology
MA Counseling Psychology – Holistic
MA Applied Behavior Analysis
MA Consciousness & Transformative Studies
MA Sport Psychology
MA Creative Strategy
MA Holistic Health Education
Academic Certificate in Trauma Studies
BA Completion in Psychology
BA Completion in Legal Studies
Paralegal Certificate
HR Certificate

Navigate to the RSVP form to register for this online event – we’re holding it at a convenient time as well: 6:00p.m.!

Can’t make this one? Don’t worry, we have more. See more dates below!

Date and Time

  • Tuesday, September 10, 2019
  • 6:00PM
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Location

  • Online

Info Session RSVP

  • Which program are you Interested in?
  • Military
  • Agree * Required

July Online University Information Session

Grab your favorite evening beverage, get comfortable and join us for our Online Info Session to learn more pursuing your passion with a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from JFK University.

At our open house, you’ll be able explore our programs, meet with advisors and faculty, learn about your financial aid options and apply for admission – all while in your most comfortable clothes, or wherever your busy life has you that day.

You’ll learn more about degree programs like:

Juris Doctorate
Doctor of Psychology – PsyD
MA Counseling Psychology
MA Counseling Psychology – Holistic
MA Applied Behavior Analysis
MA Consciousness & Transformative Studies
MA Sport Psychology
MA Creative Strategy
MA Holistic Health Education
Academic Certificate in Trauma Studies
BA Completion in Psychology
BA Completion in Legal Studies
Paralegal Certificate
HR Certificate

Navigate to the RSVP form to register for this online event – we’re holding it at a convenient time as well: 6:00p.m.!

Can’t make this one? Don’t worry, we have more. See more dates below!

Date and Time

  • Tuesday, July 9, 2019
  • 6:00PM
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Location

  • Online

Info Session RSVP

  • Which program are you Interested in?
  • Military
  • Agree * Required

April Online University Information Session

Grab your favorite evening beverage, get comfortable and join us for our Online Info Session to learn more pursuing your passion with a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from JFK University.

At our open house, you’ll be able explore our programs, meet with advisors and faculty, learn about your financial aid options and apply for admission – all while in your most comfortable clothes, or wherever your busy life has you that day.

You’ll learn more about degree programs like:

Juris Doctorate
Doctor of Psychology – PsyD
MA Counseling Psychology
MA Counseling Psychology – Holistic
MA Applied Behavior Analysis
MA Consciousness & Transformative Studies
MA Sport Psychology
MA Creative Strategy
MA Holistic Health Education
Academic Certificate in Trauma Studies
BA Completion in Psychology
BA Completion in Legal Studies
Paralegal Certificate
HR Certificate

Navigate to the RSVP form to register for this online event – we’re holding it at a convenient time as well: 6:00p.m.!

Can’t make this one? Don’t worry, we have more. See more dates below!

Date and Time

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  • 6:00PM
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Location

  • Online

Info Session RSVP

  • Which program are you Interested in?
  • Military
  • Agree * Required

Master of Arts in
Applied Behavior Analysis

800%

Increase in demand for BCBA/BCBA-D certified individual

7000+

Job postings in 2017 required or preferred BCBA/BCBA-D

50%

Of all behavior analyst positions were in CA, NJ, or MA

85%

Of jobs in Health Care, Educational Services, or Social

Ways to Learn

  • Online

Quick Facts

  • 36 Units
  • 2 Years Full-Time
  • 3 Years Part-Time
  • 1 Year Intensive

Campus Location

  • Pleasant Hill campus (for onsite intensives)

Overview

Applied behavior analysis is a science aimed at improving socially significant behavior through the application of learning principles. Typically working with individuals, but also with groups and organizations, a behavior analyst uncovers causes behind specific behaviors and designs strategies to alter undesired behaviors. The demand for behavior analysts is increasing in a range of healthcare settings including brain trauma, geriatrics, and organizational psychology, among other areas. The role is also increasingly in demand in educational and professional settings.

This program offers students a solid foundation in applied behavior analysis through an integrated and coordinated sequence of coursework, practicum, and supervision. Clinical practice and research in applied behavior analysis is wide-ranging and may include work in developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury, chronic health conditions, health and wellness, and educational settings.

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Highlights

  • Curriculum that meets the requirements of Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB)
  • High quality clinical placements arranged by the program
  • Clinical training applicable to a range of client types
  • Online program with periodic onsite intensives

Graduates of the program will be prepared academically and clinically to become a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA). Careers in behavior analysis and therapy may include working with autistic children and adults as well as those with other developmental disabilities, consulting with businesses to help improve employee performance or workplace environment, working with the elderly in assisted living care facilities or nursing homes, working in primary care settings or hospitals with people with chronic health conditions, working with individuals with socio/emotional disorders, anxiety, addictions, and brain injuries, as well as working in a variety of other settings.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply principles of behavior analysis to address behaviors of clinical and social significance
  • Conduct behavioral assessments
  • Implement and monitor evidence-based interventions
  • Consult and supervise people from diverse backgrounds in their delivery of behavioral interventions
  • Deliver behavioral interventions in a culturally sensitive and multiculturally competent manner

Change is waiting to happen. You make the call.

Why JFKU

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Embedded Clinical Practicum

The MA in Applied Behavior Analysis at John F. Kennedy University provides students with direct placement in local fieldwork agencies for their practicum work. With the clinical practicum embedded into the curriculum, students are ensured a high quality experience that satisfies BACB fieldwork requirements.

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Practitioner-Scholars Who Practice What They Teach

College of Psychology faculty members collectively have published dozens of articles, books, and studies, and they have travelled the country giving talks on their respective areas of expertise. Their diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints exposes our students to the full breadth of clinical psychology and allows them to make informed decisions about which theoretical approaches and practice areas suit them best.

Curriculum

The MA in ABA is a 36-unit degree program:
24 units of required coursework to meet the requirements of BCBA®
6 units of field work
6 elective units

Year 1 - Fall
Units
Intro to Concepts and Principles
4
The course provides introduction to the science of behavior analysis. Includes philosophical underpinnings of the science of behavior analysis including; goals, philosophical assumptions, dimensions of applied behavior analysis, radical behaviorism, experimental analysis of behavior, applied behavior analysis, and professional practice. Also includes foundation for concepts and principles of applied behavior analysis including; behavior, respondent and operant conditioning, contingencies, extinction, stimulus variations, and verbal operants.
Year 1 - Winter
Units
Ethics & Professional Issues
4
This course will orient students to the ethical and professional guidelines for Board Certified Behavior Analysts. The course will review ethical guidelines for assessment, treatment, and research. Students will learn to describe and apply professional and ethical guidelines specifying the Behavior Analysts’ responsibility to their clients, colleagues, the field of behavior analysis and society.
Field Work
1 (300 hours)
Year 1 - Spring
Units
Measurement & Experimental Evaluation
4
The course provides students with the skills necessary to confirm the clinical efficacy of interventions by use of single-subject designs. Students will learn to develop valid and reliable systems for measuring behavior, to display data using graphing software, and to assess for systematic changes in behavior through visual inspection and interpretation of graphic data.
Field Work
1 (300 hours)
Year 1 - Summer
Units
Behavior Assessment
4
Field Work
(1 unit) 300 hours
Year 2 - Fall
Units
Elective
3
Field Work
1 (300 hours)
Year 2 - Winter
Units
Behavior Change Procedures
4
This course will provide students with a comprehensive overview of empirically supported behavior change procedures. Students will learn approaches to changing behavior that include reinforcement and punishment based interventions, use of extinction, motivating operations, and contingency management techniques. Students will learn basics of Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior and how to teach verbal behavior.
Field Work
1 (300 hours)
Year 2 - Spring
Units
Elective
3
Field Work
1 (300 hours)
Year 2 - Summer
Units
Behavior Interventions
4
This course will prepare students to identify, implement, and maintain effective behavioral interventions in applied settings. Students will learn to select and implement function-based interventions for the reduction of problem behaviors, skill building programs for skill deficits, and various behavioral teaching and training techniques to be applied to both client and supervisee populations.
Year 1 - Winter
Units
Ethics & Professional Issues
4
This course will orient students to the ethical and professional guidelines for Board Certified Behavior Analysts. The course will review ethical guidelines for assessment, treatment, and research. Students will learn to describe and apply professional and ethical guidelines specifying the Behavior Analysts’ responsibility to their clients, colleagues, the field of behavior analysis and society.
Field Work
1 (300 hours)
Year 1 - Summer
Units
Behavior Assessment
4
Field Work
(1 unit) 300 hours
Year 2 - Winter
Units
Behavior Change Procedures
4
This course will provide students with a comprehensive overview of empirically supported behavior change procedures. Students will learn approaches to changing behavior that include reinforcement and punishment based interventions, use of extinction, motivating operations, and contingency management techniques. Students will learn basics of Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior and how to teach verbal behavior.
Field Work
1 (300 hours)
Year 2 - Summer
Units
Behavior Interventions
4
This course will prepare students to identify, implement, and maintain effective behavioral interventions in applied settings. Students will learn to select and implement function-based interventions for the reduction of problem behaviors, skill building programs for skill deficits, and various behavioral teaching and training techniques to be applied to both client and supervisee populations.

College of Psychology Faculty

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AFP Webinar: The State of Online Fundraising 2019

Join us for a FREE AFP webinar at John F. Kennedy University

This webinar will analyze the state of nonprofit online fundraising and marketing, including the latest industry benchmarks, trends and successes. We’ll uncover the top challenges nonprofits face online and how to overcome them. Plus, we’ll examine where nonprofits are thriving online and what’s next for digital engagement and fundraising.

At the end of this session, participants will:

Understand the latest online fundraising and marketing trends, including what’s next for nonprofits
Uncover which areas of online fundraising that are thriving and which are declining
See the latest industry and peer benchmarks to measure your nonprofit’s performance.

This Web/Audioconference series is presented locally by the East Bay Community Foundation, the Association of Fundraising Professionals–Golden Gate Chapter, and the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at John F. Kennedy University.

All sessions qualify for CFRE continuing education credits.

Date and Time

  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019
  • 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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Location

  • Online

Speaker

Mike Snusz

Mike Snusz brings over 16+ years of nonprofit experience to his role as a Team Lead on Blackbaud’s Professional Services team. He focuses on helping nonprofits create digital fundraising and engagement campaigns to maximize giving opportunities. Mike previously managed the turnaround of the Ride For Roswell, including the event’s growth from $330,000 to $1.2 million over a three-year period. Connect with Mike on LinkedIn and Twitter at @mikesnusz. To learn how Mike can help your organization’s next fundraising campaign, contact him at mike.snusz@blackbaud.com.

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AFP Webinar: The Art and Science of Effective Gift Acknowledgments

Join us for a FREE AFP webinar at John F. Kennedy University

We all know that thanking donors is important, but how and when should we be thanking donors? How do different approaches to acknowledgements make people feel, and how does that impact future engagement?

In this session, we’ll explore the latest research into donor behavior and effective gift acknowledgements with special attention given to the recent groundbreaking findings of Jen Shang and Adrian Sargeant. You’ll come away with practical takeaways to help you craft thank yous that are both impactful and memorable!

In this session, participants will learn:

The connection between thanking and retaining donors
What donors want out of the communications we send them
The ways in which surveys can play a role in thanking donors
The enlightening results of several gift acknowledgement experiments

This Web/Audioconference series is presented locally by the East Bay Community Foundation, the Association of Fundraising Professionals–Golden Gate Chapter, and the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at John F. Kennedy University.

All sessions qualify for CFRE continuing education credits.

Date and Time

  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019
  • 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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Location

  • Online

Speaker

Steven Shattuck

Steven Shattuck got his start in the nonprofit sector producing fundraising videos and other digital content for organizations like Butler University, Girl Scouts, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the American Heart Association. Steven volunteers his time on the Project Work Group of the Fundraising Effectiveness Project and the Study Fundraising Steering Group at the Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy at Plymouth University. He is also an AFP Professional Development committee member. Steven has contributed content to the National Council of Nonprofits, AFP, NTEN and Nonprofit Hub, and is a frequent conference speaker, having spoken at AFP International, NAYDO, Cause Camp, ADRP, the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference, and Planet Philanthropy to name a few. He is a co-author of Fundraising Principles and Practice: Second Edition. In 2015, he co-founded Launch Cause, a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping emerging nonprofit organizations in the Indianapolis area enhance the impact of their work.

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