GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SCIENCES

LEARNING OUTCOMES

There are two sets of learning outcomes –  overall learning objectives and program-specific objectives which are subsets of the overall learning outcomes.

Overall Learning Objectives

Students acquire interdisciplinary knowledge and coaching skills that provide for client-centered solutions to major health and performance issues that require behavioral/physiological applications.  The health issues of the physiological manifestations are frequently misidentified and inadequately addressed.

The overall objectives include:
(1) the understanding that much of physiology is behavior and that physiology is a learning system that self-configures based on the outcomes of its own actions;
(2) applying interdisciplinary thinking and results-oriented problem solving to develop and implement behavioral solutions to health and performance problems that require input from diverse sources;
(3)  integrating new learning services into existing or new businesses; and
(4) helping clients understand and play their own role in managing and overcoming their own dysfunctional physiological habits.

MS degree Program in Applied Breathing Sciences

The fundamental program outcome of the MS degree program is to prepare colleagues in diverse healthcare and performance disciplines to help people improve health and performance through the application of behavioral learning principles to breathing physiology.  This means learning the interdisciplinary subject matter relevant to both behavior science (e.g., applied behavior analysis) and physiology (e.g. acid-base physiology).

Students learn (1) to apply the principles of applied behavior analysis to identify dysfunctional breathing habits and their effects (symptoms, deficits, and interactions), behavioral components such as triggers, motivations, outcomes that sustain them, and histories; (2) to apply the principles of behavior modification for disengaging dysfunctional breathing habits and learning new habits that improve health and performance; (3) to focus their clients on learning solutions, that is, their clients’ own role in identifying, managing, and overcoming dysfunctional breathing habits; (4) to communicate effectively about the relevance and importance of breathing services to colleagues, clients, and the community at large; (5) to prepare their own business plan for marketing their new services within their own businesses and/or within the framework of their employers or others; and (6) to draw upon evidenced-based literature for helping themselves (and their colleagues) to evolve their practices based on advancement in relevant sciences.

Certified Breathing Behavior Analyst

This certification program qualifies healthcare practitioners, human service professionals, performance consultants, and health educators to: (1) to assess breathing habits and their effects on health and performance using on the principles of behavior analysis, (2) to assist clients in managing and/or overcoming dysfunctional breathing habits that compromise physiology, psychology, and performance by applying the principles of behavior modification, and (3) to use capnography and related instrumentation for assisting their clients in identifying and overcoming dysfunctional breathing habits.

The specific objectives include teaching colleague practitioners how to: (1) determine whether or not there are dysfunctional breathing habits, (2) identify the learned behavioral components of dysfunctional habits, (3) identify the symptoms and deficits brought on by habits, (4) determine how existing health conditions may interact with the physiological effects of habits, (5) identify the triggers of breathing habits (e.g., pain, stress, fear), (6) identify the payoffs (reinforcements) and emotions that keep dysfunctional breathing habits in place, (7) uncover the origin of  such habits, and (8) assist patients in overcoming dysfunctional habits and learning new ones that are consistent with good physiology, especially respiration.

 Certified Orofacial Myology Specialist

This certification program is oriented to dentists, orthodontists, manual therapists, dental hygienists, speech pathologists and other healthcare practitioners with an appropriate background.  Upon completion, practitioners are able to: (1) assess oral posture and function and their effects on growth and development in the child, as well as address existing disorders in both adults and children; (2) train adults and children who have developed dysfunctional patterns to restore balanced functional oral posture based on the principles of behavior modification, and (3) to use the most effective means for assisting their clients in identifying and overcoming dysfunctional rest postures, breathing, chewing, swallowing, tongue function and body postural habits.

The specific objectives include teaching colleague practitioners how to: (1) determine if there are dysfunctional orofacial myofunctional habits, (2) identify the learned behavioral components of dysfunctional habits, (3) identify the symptoms and deficits brought on by habits, (4) determine how existing health conditions may interact with the physiological effects of habits, (5) identify and change or eliminate factors that regulate these habits (e.g., cranial dysfunction, tethered oral tissues), and (6) teach clients how to restore functionality of the way they sit, stand, walk, talk, sleep, and breathe.