The Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Science (HBBS) is designed to provide students with professional competencies that link science, clinical, communication and ethical aspects of behavioural science. There is a strong focus on Applied Behaviour Analysis, Cognitive Behavioural therapy, acceptance and mindfulness-based therapies, to ensure that graduates possess broad knowledge, skills and judgement, leading to a variety of professional employment opportunities or future studies, including at the master’s degree level. The HBBS program examines the application of these theories for individuals across the lifespan and a variety of settings.
The approach taken in the program is reflective of the application of behavioural sciences both in community and long-term care facilities to teach adaptive skills and manage reactive behaviours to clients including children, youth and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities, individuals with acquired brain injury and those with behaviour issues associated with addictions, mental health and illness, and dementia.
Along with the behavioural sciences, the HBBS program includes essential curriculum elements aimed at developing the professional and therapeutic communication skills that are vital to success in the field. Equipped with the real-work experience gained through a 420-hour field placement, graduates go on to draw on this science and communication foundation to effectively collaborate with other health professionals, clients and their caregivers.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Develop, plan, implement and monitor conceptually systematic assessment and treatment approaches to address important behavioural issues.
- Analyze contemporary psychological and behavioural science theories and methodologies in multiple areas of investigation and practice.
- Practice and conduct research in accordance with ethical, professional, organizational and legal standards.
- Analyze and apply quantitative and single-case research designs to support best practices and principles in the behavioural sciences.
- Communicate effectively through written, oral, and visual media with individuals, groups and other professionals.
- Evaluate the ways in which culture, special populations and human diversity influence behaviour and response to behavioural interventions.
- Apply negotiation and mediation skills in supporting individuals, groups and organizations.
- Investigate and implement plans for professional development and engage in lifelong learning to enhance professional competence.
- Develop strategies and plans that lead to the promotion of self-care, improved professional performance, and enhanced work relationships.
- Apply professional and clinical competencies in the context of an interdisciplinary setting with a variety of clients, their support networks, professionals, and the community.
- Apply leadership skills to communicate, consult, and collaborate with stakeholders to achieve socially significant goals.
- Analyze complex behaviour analytic concepts and practices related to language and cognition.