George Brown College was the first college in Toronto to offer the Behavioural Science Technology advanced diploma and spearheaded the development of the Provincial Autism and Behavioural Science programs.

We have been providing training and education in applied behaviour analysis in Toronto for more than 16 years. 

The S304 Bachelor of Behaviour Analysis degree program stream is open to students who have successfully completed a three-year advanced diploma in an approved behavioural science technology program. This three-semester program starts with a winter bridging semester that leads into year four (or Semester 7) of the four-year honours degree. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of behavioural psychology and, more specifically, Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).

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Overview

Program name
Honours Bachelor of Behaviour Analysis
Code
S304
Experiential learning
14-week placement in the Fall after Semester 7
Duration
3 Semesters + 14 week Field Experience Term (Unpaid)
Starting month
January
Credential
Honours Bachelor's Degree
Method of study
FT

Year of Study

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2019-2020

Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2019 N/A
Jan. 2020 Open
May 2020 N/A
International students
This program is currently only available to domestic students.

Full Description

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The S304 Honours Bachelor of Behaviour Analysis (Year 4 Bridge) is a fast-track degree program open to students who have completed an approved three-year advanced behavioural science technology program. Students will start with a bridge semester (January - April) that leads into Semester 7 (May - June). This is followed by an unpaid internship (September - December), and finishes with the final term, Semester 8 (January - April). Throughout the program, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of behavioural psychology and, more specifically, Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).

Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is a field of study that uses a systematic and analytical approach to modify behaviour in a desirable way.

ABA is an effective practice often used with populations who have:

  • autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • brain injury
  • dementia
  • developmental disabilities
  • addiction
  • mental health disorders

What you will be studying:

Applied behaviour analysis (ABA) is a scientific approach to the treatment and understanding of human behaviour. This approach can be applied to the entire range of human behaviour (i.e., thoughts, feelings and actions). Research has shown that an evidence-based approach such as ABA is most effective at decreasing problem behaviour and developing a variety of skills.

The ABA approach involves three main components:

Component 1: A complete behavioural assessment is conducted. A variety of interview and observational techniques are used to gain an understanding of the behaviour to be changed. Students learn how to observe and analyze behaviour in a variety of situations in order to develop an effective treatment strategy.

Component 2: The next step is to use the results of the behavioural assessment to develop an effective plan that will reduce specific problem behaviours and develop or strengthen cognitive and behavioural skills. Students will learn a variety of behavioural and cognitive behavioural techniques that can be used to change behaviour.

Component 3: The final phase is an ongoing evaluation of components one and two. Students will learn how to measure the effectiveness of their interventions, and continue to refine and revise their interventions based on the results of these measures.

RESEARCH COMPONENT

A foundational aspect of this degree lies with the research component of the program. Students will prepare an Applied Research Proposal prior to conducting their research during the fall internship (September - December) and will be required to write a research thesis prior to graduating. 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-centred 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.

Graduates of our Behavioural Science programs are leaders of behavioural treatment in fields as varied as forensic mental health, autism spectrum disorder, and acquired brain injury.

This intensive program, delivered on-site at George Brown's state-of-the-art Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences located at the 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
  • Psychology
  • Research Methods/Statistics
  • Ethics, Professionalism and Leadership

Experiential Learning

14-week placement in the Fall after Semester 7

Your Field Study options

While classroom theory is a very important part of your learning experience, we believe that field placement plays a critical role in solidifying that experience because it lets you practice your skills in a real-world environment.

After successfully completing the bridging semester (January - April) and Semester 7 (May - June), you will complete a 14-week field experience term (unpaid) in the Fall, 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.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Learn about psychological theory, research and practices.
  2. Design and conduct various assessments across a variety of settings and populations.
  3. Design and implement research-based programs in applied behaviour analysis and evaluate their effectiveness.
  4. Practice behavioural consulting skills, with different populations.
  5. Demonstrate appropriate social, professional, and clinical skills in the context of an interdisciplinary setting with a variety of clients, their support networks, professionals, and the community.
  6. Maintain a high degree of professionalism and ethical standards.
  7. Communicate, orally and in written form, results of behavioural assessments and treatment programs.
  8. Understand, critically evaluate, and synthesize issues in society.

Required Courses

SEMESTER 6

semester courses
CodeCourses
BEHA3102MEDIATOR TRAINING:APPLICATIONS TO PARENTS AND STAFF
BEHA3104INDEPENDENT STUDY THESIS
BEHA4001ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT
BEHA4002BEHAVIOURAL APPROACHES TO HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
 LIBERAL STUDIES ELECTIVE
 LIBERAL STUDIES ELECTIVE

SEMESTER 7

semester courses
CodeCourses
BEHA3101CLINICAL BEHAVIOUR ANALYSIS
BEHA3103BEHAVIOURAL APPROACHES TO EDUCATION
BEHA4003SERVICE DELIVERY SYSTEMS AND INTERPROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
 LIBERAL STUDIES ELECTIVE
 LIBERAL STUDIES ELECTIVE

Fall

BEHA 4000 – 14-week unpaid Fall internship.

SEMESTER 8

semester courses
CodeCourses
BEHA 4101CONSOLIDATION OF BEHAVIOURAL PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE
BEHA4102ADVANCED TOPICS IN BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE
BEHA4103LEADERSHIP IN BEHAVIOUR ANALYSIS
BEHA4104PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS AND PRACTICES IN DISSEMINATION
BEHA 4105Thesis (42 hours)
 LIBERAL STUDIES ELECTIVE

Detailed course outlines

Career Options

ABA practitioners may find themselves in roles that include the following responsibilities:

  • assessment of a client's skills
  • the development and implementation of skill acquisition programs
  • functional assessment of challenging behaviours
  • behaviour management plans
  • data collection and analysis
  • case management

Their knowledge and skills are applicable to numerous opportunities, which may include such job titles as:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders Consultant
  • Behaviour Technician
  • Behaviour Therapist
  • Behavioural Consultant
  • Behavioural Specialist
  • Instructor Therapist
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Residential Support Worker
  • Transition Coordinator
  • Vocational Support Worker

Tuition

$7,111.00*

Additional Cost

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2020 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this online calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College fee requirements.

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Admission Requirements

Successful completion of a three-year Behavioural Science Technology advanced diploma program or equivalent, with a minimum program GPA of 3.0

English language proficiency required:

  • George Brown College ESL Level 9; TOEFL 84 overall and 21 in each skill band (Online); IELTS 6.5 overall and 6.0 in each skill band; MELAB 85; CAEL overall 70 (writing 60)

Proficiency in English communications is necessary for success in this program.

Please visit georgebrown.ca/englishproficiency for more details.

COURSE EXEMPTIONS

Some college and university credits may qualify you for exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

INTERNATIONAL (VISA) STUDENTS

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

 

Special Requirements

PRE-PLACEMENT HEALTH FORM (FOR FOURTH YEAR S304 STUDENTS)

  • Upon 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 - FOURTH YEAR S304 STUDENTS)

  • 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.

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To book an information session, call the School of Health and Wellness at 416-415-5000, ext. 4542 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., or email kcallemartinez@georgebrown.ca.

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