psychology education
Applied behavior analysis or ABA is a treatment based on behavioral theory that can be used in a variety of settings and with many different ages and groups of people. ABA is often used to increase skills and quality of life of those with autism and other developmental and behavioral differences.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted the way we all live our lives, including the daily lives of those who may have behavior support plans. Behavior support plans are used to help prevent the occurrence of challenging behaviors and provide support for the individual and for caregivers in the environment when the behaviors do occur....
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psychology empathy
Empathy is typically defined as the ability to share and understand someone else’s feelings and incorporates the ability to understand how a person feels, what they might be thinking, and to share those feelings. When people think of empathy, they often think of shared experiences. For example, most people have fallen sometime during childhood and...
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Eastern Kentucky University Online degree programs have once again been ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. This year, EKU’s online bachelor’s degree in psychology ranked in the top 20 for Best Undergraduate Psychology Programs.
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Each semester, our clinic hosts a social opportunity and rehearsal group for adolescents on the autism spectrum. This group was previously conducted in-person, but COVID-19 pandemic social distancing requirements resulted in a format change to virtual. Our group underwent several adaptations to accommodate the needs of the participants and to make the group educational and...
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Psychology is probably most commonly thought of as a discipline that identifies and treats psychological disorders. And while it’s true that clinical psychologists are important contributors to mental health fields both in terms of advancing clinical science and providing clinical services, there are numerous other branches of psychology that collectively interface with just about every...
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Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) can be characterized as a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, the need for admiration, and a lack of empathy beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts. A core feature is interpersonal dysfunction, which in an extreme form can be physically, emotionally, and sexually abusive. The etiology of this...
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a disorder that is becoming more and more common. ASD is a developmental diagnosis which means it is first apparent during the developmental period around the age of 2 or 3 years. Individuals with ASD have deficits in social communication as well as restricted or repetitive patterns seen in their...
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As a society, we are becoming increasingly aware of the impact trauma, particularly complex trauma, has on individual physical and mental health. This has led to increased research on treatments for disorders such as PTSD.  In the field of psychology, this research has focused heavily on the use of evidence-based treatments such as prolonged exposure...
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