This intensive one-year diploma program is unique in the Greater Toronto Area.
Behavioural Science Technician (Intensive) is a one-year intensive course for those who have a bachelor's degree in psychology or a related field. This program provides students with an opportunity to study applied behaviour analysis (ABA) and behavioural intervention.
Behavioural Science Technician
Field education in semesters 3 and 4.
1 year (3 semesters)
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Behavioural Science Technician (Intensive) is a one-year intensive diploma program for applicants who have a bachelor's degree with a major in Psychology or a related discipline. Applicants must have completed Introduction to Psychology and one other psychology-related course.
This program provides students with an opportunity to study applied behaviour analysis (ABA) and behavioural intervention.
The themes in the program include:
- behavioural theory and application
- program development
- scientific method
- ethics and professionalism
- general education with an emphasis on practical application in the field
Practicum and course work is often related to developmental disabilities, acquired brain injury, gerontology, and behavioural disorders.
Note: Travel may be required for field education due to the number of opportunities for appropriate placements within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Students may be placed in locations as far east as Oshawa, as far west as Burlington and as far north as Vaughan.
Part Time Study Options
This program does not currently offer a part-time study option.
Field education in semesters 3 and 4.
Your Field Study options
This program offers two intensive field placements in Semesters 3 (January placement) and Semester 4 (May/June placement).
Each placement is seven weeks long with four days offsite (approximately 7.5 hours per day) with the field partner and the fifth day onsite in class at George Brown. The in-class day allows students the opportunity to reflect on their placement experience and help to connect classroom theory with the work they are doing offsite.
Placements will be conducted with a variety of populations and agencies whose clients could have Autism, mental health issues, acquired brain injury, developmental disabilities, behavioural concerns or issues related to aging. Partner agencies are located across the GTA and students may be required to travel.
Program Standards and Learning Outcomes
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Implement effective behaviour analytic intervention strategies based on the science of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in order to increase desired behaviours, teach new skills, and decrease contextually problematic behaviours.
- Integrate background information and knowledge of special populations into therapeutic practice, in order to develop behavioural interventions using a behaviour analytic approach.
- Communicate with various stakeholders the behaviour analytic principles, processes, and concepts central to the interventions being provided in order to enhance quality of service.
- Compile measurements of behaviour in accordance with the ONTABA standards of practice and the Behavior Analyst Certification Board's Guidelines for Responsible conduct in order to conduct behavioural assessments and develop behavioural interventions.
- Apply systems thinking to behavioural processes related to socially significant behaviour change in order to ensure the sustainability of behaviour change programs that increase an individual’s quality of life.
- Adhere to federal, provincial, and professional policies and regulations associated with the ethical practice of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) among various populations or service sectors.
- Apply input gained from collaboration with stakeholders (including individuals, family members, and community members) and professionals in the field of service into effective client service intervention.
- Develop a reflective practice, using professional development and self-care strategies to enhance professional competence.
- Develop client-centered behavioural intervention plans that account for individuals’ rights, needs, goals, and their social and community context.
- Integrate the conceptual and philosophical underpinnings of behaviour analysis into a comprehensive case formulation of human behaviour to assist in the assessment, design, and implementation of behaviour change programs.
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|BST1037||Behaviour Theory and Practice: Introduction to ABA|
|BST1030||Behaviour Theory and Practice: Behavioural Assessment|
|BST1032||Ethics and Professionalism|
|BST2003||Crisis Prevention and Intervention|
|BST2036||Behaviour Theory and Practice: Acquisition Strategies|
|BST2037||Behaviour Theory and Practice: Reduction Strategies|
|BST2041||Behaviour Theory and Practice: Group-Based Interventions|
|BST2044||ABA Application to Special Populations|
|BST2027||Field Seminar II|
|BST2038||Field Placement II|
|BST2041||Behaviour Theory and Practice: Group-Based Interventions|
|BST2042||Field Seminar III|
|BST2043||Field Placement III|
Detailed course outlines
Employment is often related to autism, developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, brain injury, gerontology, and behavioural disorders.
Graduates are employed in a variety of settings with diverse clinical populations of all ages who frequently present challenging behaviours. They may work to develop and implement behavioural interventions designed to manage challenging behaviours and/or teach skills.
Graduates may find employment in:
- ABA therapy programs
- residential and treatment facilities
- vocational agencies
Future Study Options
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$3,628.00 * ‡
* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of the program starting in Fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.
‡ Spring/summer semester fees are paid separately.
International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.
This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.
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- Completion of a 3-year or 4-year Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology (or related discipline) or Bachelor of Science degree
- Related degrees must include at least one or more psychology course(s)
English Language Proficiency
Applicants with international transcripts who do not provide English proficiency test results must test at the College level in the George Brown College English assessment to be considered for admission.
Please visit georgebrown.ca/englishproficiency for more details.
College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.
Visit the International Admissions page for more information.
Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges
Additional Mandatory Requirements
Pre-placement Health Form
- Upon confirmation of acceptance into this program, students must meet all the mandatory pre-placement health requirements for the program. It may take up to four months to complete all the requirements.
- All costs, service fees and fines associated with the overall health requirements are the responsibility of the student.
- For further details and to download the mandatory pre-placement health form, go to the Pre-placement website at georgebrown.ca/preplacement
Police Vulnerable Sector Check (must be valid annually)
- In compliance with the requirements of our placement partners, all students in this program are required to have a police vulnerable sector check completed, and this check must be renewed annually before entering into field or clinical placement.
- The police vulnerable sector check process typically takes two to three months, but under some circumstances can take four to eight months. This is required to protect the clientele of our placement partner agencies, who are considered "vulnerable persons" under the law.
- Students are responsible for ensuring that the police vulnerable sector check covers appropriateness for "individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s)."
- Students are required to keep the original copy of their police vulnerable sector check.
- Students who are unable to provide a "clear" police vulnerable sector check may not be able to start their field or clinical placement and therefore may be unable to complete the program. Students who are not eligible to attend their practice placement due to a "not clear" status will jeopardize their progress in the program.
- Failure to meet the requirements for field placement will prevent students from completing the program and/or securing employment.
- The fees for the police record check vary and must be paid by the student. For more information, please visit the Pre-placement website at georgebrown.ca/preplacement
How to Apply
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If you are a college or university student or graduate, you may be eligible for program transfers or course-to-course transfers. We have transfer agreements with colleges and universities across Canada and internationally.
SUPPORT FOR APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES
With disability documentation you can receive academic accommodations. Contact us for information.
"My completion of the Behavioural Science Technology (Intensive) program at George Brown College was an integral step towards beginning an exciting career in applied behaviour analysis. In a short amount of time I had both a thorough knowledge base from detailed coursework and invaluable experience from two extremely hands-on, immersive field placements, allowing me entry into a job position straight from graduation. Above all, the preparedness that this program provides to students for entry into an exciting and challenging career is second to none."
Marina Jiujias (Graduate 20016, Behavioural Science Technology [Intensive])
"The behaviour science technology program provided me with the essential connections and practical experience to get employed after graduation. The program provided me with placements at the top agencies in the city which played a critical role in me getting hired. The professors were well known in the field and did an excellent job in preparing us for the workforce. They provided a great overview about the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and all the things that can be done within the field."
Michelle Soares (Graduate 2015, Behavioural Science Technology [Intensive])
"It was the field placements that really drew me to the program because I wanted to find out that this was something I could do for 30 or 40 years. Looking back, I'm really glad that I chose to go to George Brown. It provided me with the foundation that I was looking for to get the job that I wanted."
Oliver Blunn (Graduate 2007, Behavioural Science Technology [Intensive])
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