The Honours Bachelor of Behaviour Analysis is a four-year degree program that takes an in-depth look at Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) – a field of study that uses a systematic and analytical approach to modify behaviour in a desirable way.
ABA is an effective practice that is often used with populations who have:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Brain injury
- Developmental disabilities
- Mental health disorders
What you will be studying
Research has shown that although ABA follows a complex and detailed process, behaviour can be effectively modified by a scientific approach that involves three main components:
Component One: behavioural assessment
Component Two: skill building and/or behaviour reduction
Component Three: ongoing monitoring of skills/behaviours
Component One: The first component of any ABA plan requires that a complete behavioural assessment be conducted. As data collection is a critical part of this process, students learn how to study and observe behaviour in a variety of environments so that it can be tracked and used as raw data.
Component Two: The next step is to analyze the data so that it can be used to develop an effective plan that will help reduce specific behaviour or facilitate developing a new skill. Students will learn to study their data to spot behavioural patterns and identify the events that cause and maintain them. Their assessment becomes the basis for the behaviour change plan that they go on to develop.
Component Three: The final phase is an ongoing evaluation of steps one and two. Students learn to measure the effectiveness of their plans, and continue to refine and revise it based on new
A foundational aspect of this degree lies with the research component of the program. Students will begin preparing for this capstone project in Years 1 and 2 through research preparatory courses. They will present their research thesis in year 3, and once approved will go on to conduct and defend their research paper in year 4. Students will receive faculty support throughout the entire process.
PREPARING FUTURE LEADERS
In addition to preparing students to be practicing behaviourists, the degree program helps prepare them to become leaders in this emerging field. Not only will students be supported in becoming client centered clinicians, they will also have the opportunity to learn the skills to advance behaviour analysis from a system wide perspective, to support large scale changes in agencies, organizations and government.
This intensive program delivered onsite at George Brown’s state-of-the-art Waterfront Campus is suitable for students who are data driven, enjoy analyzing patterns and like to work with challenging behaviours.
The program’s core courses are focused on five areas of learning:
- Behavioural Science Theories, Principles, and Methods
- Special Populations
- Research Methods/Statistics
- Ethics, Professionalism and Leadership
While classroom theory is a very important part of your learning experience, we believe that field experience plays a critical role in solidifying that experience in a real-world environment.
You can expect to participate in field placement one day (eight hours) per week in Semesters 3, 4, 5 and 6. Between semesters 6 and 7 (between years two and three), you will complete one 14-week field experience term (unpaid) during which you will be expected to conduct a research thesis.
Prior to starting the field experience term, a field coordinator will help students:
- explore their interests
- prepare for interviews
- facilitate interview meetings by providing feedback
Once students are in their placement settings, they will obtain support from the agency on-site supervisor as well as support from a college faculty field liaison.