The skills of Behavioural Science Technicians are increasingly in demand as Canada’s population continues to seek evidence-based treatment to solve a host of behavioural issues. If you have an interest in human behaviour and a desire to help others improve their quality of life, then this interdisciplinary program is for you.
Through a comprehensive mix of theoretical, research and applied courses, you will develop in-demand professional competencies that link the science, clinical, communication and ethical aspects of behavioural science.
You will gain knowledge and skills of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) to support clients from various age groups. You will learn how to assist with behavioural assessments and contribute to the design and application of behaviour change plans for clients with developmental disabilities, autism, acquired brain injuries, dementia and other conditions associated with aging.
Graduates will enter the field with the ability to engage in ethical decision-making and collaborate with other professionals when providing behavioural treatment. Behavioural Science Technicians are employed in a variety of settings related to education, family support services, mental health treatment and gerontology.
PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
- 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.
- Explain behavioural concepts and skills to families and interdisciplinary team members to facilitate goal setting.
- Write clear and professional documentation, using behavioural terms and concepts, for a variety of audiences.
- Apply systems thinking to behavioural processes to change socially significant behaviour and support quality of life and long-term planning.
- Adhere to federal, provincial, professional policies, regulations and ethical codes associated with practicing Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).
- 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.
- Collaborate in the development of client-centered behavioural intervention plans that account for individuals’ rights, needs, goals, and their social and community context.
- Assist in the assessment, design and implementation of behaviour change plans for individuals, families and/or groups, based on principles of learning and behaviour therapy, current research and evidence-based practice.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), Mature student, or equivalent
- Grade 12 English (C or U)
- Grade 12 mathematics (C, M or U)
WHAT YOU COULD BE
- Behavioural science technician
- Instructor therapist
- ABA facilitator
- Educational assistant
- Educational resource facilitator
WHERE YOU COULD WORK
- Elementary or secondary school boards
- Early intervention programs
- Clinical programs
- Community agencies
- Private family setting
- Public or private-sector agencies