Behavioural Science Technician is a two-year diploma program that provides students with an opportunity to study applied behaviour analysis (ABA). This field of study helps prepare you for work that is often related to developmental disabilities, brain injury, gerontology, and behavioural disorders. A common misconception about this program is that it involves teaching students counselling and "talk therapy." It does not.
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
Course work, practicum and employment is often related to autism and developmental disabilities; however, the program also covers behaviour analysis in the areas of dementia, brain injury and childhood disorders.
Students who elect to transfer to our degree program and/or continue their education in Behaviour Analsysis may find employment opportunities in a variety of settings.
For applicants who have a bachelor's degree with a major in Psychology or a related discipline, we offer an intensive delivery of this program [Behavioural Science Technician Accelerated (C156)] leading to a diploma in less than one year.
To learn more about the work of a behavioural science technician, search the web using these keywords:
- behaviour analysis
- applied behaviour analysis
- intensive behavioural intervention
- operant conditioning
Alternately, you can visit these industry-specific websites for more information on this field of study:
Part Time Study Options
This program does not offer a part-time study option.
Field education in semesters 2, 3 and 4.
Your Field Study options
Field placement gives students the opportunity to apply classroom theory in a real world environment.
Offered in Semesters 2, 3 and 4, each field experience builds upon the previous one and provides access to different clinical populations across the lifespan. The depth and breadth of these opportunities not only enriches the overall learning experience
but allows students to start building their own professional network within the sector.
George Brown faculty work with students and our extensive network of community partners to secure placement.
NOTE: Field education may require travel due to the number of opportunities for appropriate placements within the Greater Toronto Area. Students may be required to travel to locations as far east as Oshawa, as far west as Burlington, and as far north as Vaughan.
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 Behaviour 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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