Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Applied Behavior Analysis: M.S.


Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy


School of Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Kimberley Schulze

Second Advisor

Benjamin Witts

Third Advisor

Michele Traub

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

behavioral skills training, stimulus preference assessments, staff training, group training, individual training, MSWO, FO


Stimulus Preference Assessment (SPA) procedures are supported by research as a valid method of identifying preferred stimuli that can act as reinforcers in behavior change programs. However, some research indicates that such procedures are underused in practice and that many practitioners are not sufficiently trained in these procedures. Lack of time to train and implement these procedures may contribute to this problem. The current study examined the use of Behavioral Skills Training to train brief stimulus preference assessments, specifically the Free Operant (FO) and Multiple Stimulus Without Replacement (MSWO) procedures. Additionally, the current study compared the results of group and individual training of these procedures across the dimensions of effectiveness (staff mastery of skills) and efficiency (time to implement training). Results indicated that group training was as effective as individual training and required less time to completion.



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