Humber’s Bachelor of Behavioural Science degree program provides you with the knowledge, skills and abilities required for in-depth work in the behavioural science field with individuals throughout the lifespan. The program is firmly grounded in the theory, principles and practices of behavioural science (applied behaviour analysis and cognitive behavioural approaches) and psychology. Applied behavioural analysis uses behavioural rules in everyday situations to help people change their behaviour to improve quality of life. The program focuses on data obtained through observation as it investigates behaviour, cognitive events and the influence of envronmental factors on behaviour.
Courses in the first two years of the program provide a strong foundation in behaviour analytic approaches, psychology, research and ethics, while highlighting specific special populations. This is followed in the final two years with further in-depth study of ethics and professionalism, individual and group counselling, issues in behavioural psychology, further special populations, and two courses of senior thesis work. Overall, the program emphasizes critical thinking, analytical skills, interprofessional practice and leadership.
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.® has approved the Humber BBS course sequence as meeting the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify. Visit www.bacb.com for more information.
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Critically review and utilize research and evidence in behavioural assessment, intervention and education.
Analyze and review current theories, treatment options, and professional practices in Behavioural Science and general psychology.
Examine and explain the application of Behavioural Science with specific populations.
Design, implement and present single subject research.
Research, analyze and interpret qualitative and quantitative information in Behavioural Science within the wider context of clinical psychology and pharmacology.
Apply theories and best practices for individual and group counselling in a behavioural context.
Integrate and deliver behavioural services within a wide range of community settings including social, health and educational.
Design, conduct and analyze behavioural and cognitive behavioural assessments.
Propose, design, write and evaluate, utilizing behavioural measures, behavioural and cognitive behavioural interventions for a variety of client groups.
Plan, co-facilitate and evaluate cognitive behavioural groups.
Design and deliver educational material using a variety of modes, utilizing principles of adult education and knowledge translation.
Write professional-style reports, behavior assessment and intervention plans, and educational materials.
Teach mediators to implement assessment and intervention plans, and educational materials.
Explain and teach behavioural concepts using accessible language and/or terminology depending on the needs of the learner, colleague, client or other stakeholder.
Deliver professional services according to ethical guidelines within the scope of practice.
Acknowledge the limits of knowledge in the field of behavioural science through professional practices and academic writing.
Work collaboratively within an inter-professional team to deliver behavioural services to a variety of clients.
Practice leadership and adult education principles to contribute to the development of the field of behavioural science and organizational development.
Manage and direct own continuous learning, pursuing opportunities for constant renewal of skills, knowledge and attitudes.
Students will have the opportunity to engage in work placements (which are typically unpaid). They will complete 420 hours of fieldwork across two semesters (210 hours in each 14 week semester) with one of Humber’s community partners. Students will be supported by a field placement co-ordinator.
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Graduates of this program will have the knowledge and skills to pursue further graduate study in behavioural science or related fields. There are also good employment opportunities routinely found in health organizations, non-profits, government, charities and education sectors. Graduates may find employment as behaviour assistants, behaviour associates, educational assistants, autism instructor therapists and/or use their skills to enhance their employment as workers in a variety of social service settings with vulnerable populations such as mental health, developmental disabilities, autism, addictions, seniors and youth. With additional education and experience, graduates may be considered for roles as counsellors and therapists, behaviour analysts, gerontologists or co-ordinators of programs in the social service sector.
Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst® (BCaBA®)
The program helps to prepare students to pursue the Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst® (BCaBA®) certification offered by the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board.
Note: The requirements for licensure are determined by the granting body, which is independent from Humber College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.
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