|Duration:||4 Semesters (2 Years)|
|Credential Awarded:||Ontario College Diploma|
The Behavioural Sciences diploma program gives you the opportunity to study the theory and clinical applications of the branch of applied psychology known as behavioural science. As a student in the Behavioural Sciences program, you will learn about Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), which is the science of understanding, analyzing and modifying human behaviour.
In the classroom and through your field placements, you will learn about the many clinical applications of ABA. One focus area for the program is the application of behavioural science to the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. You will also learn about interventions in other clinical areas, such as gerontology, mental health, forensics and corrections. As a student in this program you will gain insight into the context of behavioural intervention as you learn about issues like family support, community integration and risk management.
This program will prepare you to seek employment as an instructor therapist in government-funded or private Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) programs. You will also be qualified to work as a behaviour technician in the new government-funded ABA-based support programs. As a graduate of this program, you would be able to seek employment in the school system as an educational assistant or educational resource facilitator, providing support to students with ASD, behavioural challenges or other exceptionalities. Completing this program will also qualify you to seek employment in settings where an understanding of behavioural intervention is necessary, such as group homes, community living centres and other specialized agencies.
Field work is a critical part of the Behavioural Sciences program. Your field work placements will give you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and to apply what you have learned in the classroom in a real-world setting. In your field placement, you will work in a professional capacity, with specified job tasks, clinical responsibilities, time management requirements, contracted hours of work, expectations of teamwork and appropriate interpersonal interactions. You will assume the role of a beginning professional in a supervised field-placement setting, working within an employeremployee relationship.
You will be evaluated on the basis of an approved learning contract as agreed upon by you, the approved fieldwork agency and Seneca College's Behavioural Sciences program. This work calls for you to have the ability to be self-aware, reliable, sensitive, facilitative and mature enough to focus on the needs and interests of others.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
- Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
- OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).
Prior To Field Placement:
- Current Police Vulnerable Sector screening
- Although not required for admission, one of the following Grade 12 math courses is recommended for your success in the program:
- MHF4(U) (Advanced Functions)
- MCV4(U) (Calculus and Vectors)
- MCT4(C) Mathematics for College Technology (recommended grade 60% or over).
As a student in this program, you will graduate with a deep understanding of the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and the broad range of their possible applications. You may choose to pursue a rewarding career as a behavioural interventionist in the field of autism, a field which offers many employment opportunities. You could also seek employment in the school system as an educational assistant or educational resource facilitator or in a specialized position within the school system's everincreasing ABA-based services. Your career path may also lead you to employment in correctional facilities, group homes or other specialized centres that need staff who can implement behavioural intervention plans for individuals with behavioural challenges or other exceptionalities.
Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):
|University of Ontario Institute of Technology||• Bachelor of Arts (BA) (Honours) in Forensic Psychology – Bridge|
Important Academic Dates
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Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.
|2014/2015 Academic Year|
|Semester 1||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|BHS101||Introduction To ABA I: History and Principles||3|
|BHS102||Behavioural Theory I: Observation and Assessment||3|
|PSY100||Introduction To Psychology||3|
|Semester 2||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|BHS201||Introduction to ABA II: Techniques & Applications||3|
|BHS202||Behavioural Theory II: Assessment and Data Analysis||3|
|BHS203||Ethics and Professionalism||3|
|BHS204||Autism and Developmental Disabilities||3|
|SWL206||Human Development for Social Service Professionals||3|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|Semester 3||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|BHS301||Legislation, Policy and Practice||3|
|BHS302||Interventions I: Strengths and Skills||3|
|BHS303||Forensics, Crime, and Corrections||3|
|BHS347||Field Work Seminar I||2|
|BHS357||Field Placement I||4|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|Semester 4||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|BHS401||Inclusive and Long-Term Community Practices||3|
|BHS402||Interventions II: Behaviour Reduction||3|
|BHS403||Acquired Brain Injury and Adult Services||3|
|BHS447||Field Work Seminar II||2|
|BHS457||Field Placement II||4|
|PSY206||Personality and Abnormal Behaviour||3|
|2015/2016 Academic Year|
|Introduction to ABA: History and Principles|
|Behavioural Theory I: Observation and Assessment|
|Introduction to Psychology|
|Introduction to ABA II: Techniques and Applications|
|Behavioural Theory II: Assessment and Data Analysis|
|Ethics and Professionalism|
|Autism and Developmental Disabilities|
|Human Development for Social Service Professionals|
|General Education Option|
|Legislation, Policy and Practice|
|Interventions I: Strengths and Skills|
|Forensics, Crime and Corrections|
|Field Work Seminar I|
|Field Placement I|
|General Education Option|
|Inclusive and Long-Term Community Practices|
|Interventions II: Behaviour Reduction|
|Acquired Brain Injury and Adult Services|
|Field Work Seminar II|
|Field Placement II|
|Personality and Abnormal Behaviour|
|Domestic Admissions Advisor:||Elizabeth Hosein
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55013
|International Admissions Advisor:||Valentyna Gorodovych
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22432
|Registration & Records Advisor:|
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55035
|Program Coordinator:||Laura Cavanagh
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55623
|Program Chair:||Biljana Bruce
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55002