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Behavioural Interventions

Behavioural Interventions

Get the specialized skills you need to support clients with emotional and behavioural disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

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Start Date:
1 Year
Advanced Diploma
+Locations & Availability

September 2019
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Annapolis Valley Campus • Middleton Full time • In-class Cancelled
Strait Area Campus • Port Hawkesbury Full time • In-class Seats available

Program Overview

This is a challenging and rewarding program that prepares you with the knowledge and skills you need to assist in assessing, designing, implementing, monitoring and modifying behavioural interventions. Learn how to:

  • Apply ethical principles in the development of behavioural interventions
  • Use appropriate statistical methodology to document and analyze client progress
  • Apply non-aversive behavioural supports to manage and reduce dangerous and disruptive client behaviours
  • Use positive behavioural supports to introduce more appropriate behaviours
  • Recognize and respond appropriately to the programming needs of clients of all ages

Graduates are prepared to work in a range of human service settings and as part of a multidisciplinary team, which may include service providers, parents, family members and clients.

Admission Requirements

  • A post-secondary degree in:
    • Behavioural Science
    • Child Studies
    • Education
    • Human Kinetics
    • Psychology
    • Social Work
    • Or Sociology
  • Or a college diploma in:
    • Human Services
    • Social Services
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Child & Youth Care
    • Or Therapeutic Recreation
  • International students – Submit your official post-secondary documents for assessment. View English language requirements by country

Program Requirements

  • A current, official Criminal Record check, Vulnerable Sector check and Child Abuse Register search are required to complete work placements in this program. A conviction may impact your ability to complete program requirements. Information on this process will be provided at the beginning of your program.
  • Health & Human Services programs have additional requirements including immunizations and completion of first aid/CPR. You must submit documentation that you have completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health & Human Services Program Requirements.
    • Receiving immunizations may take up to 10 months to complete. Failure to complete immunizations can result in a delayed work placement.

Choose NSCC

  • Get skills that are in-demand. This program was developed to meet the growing needs of families and community organizations who require support with behavioural interventions.
  • Class sizes are small and we encourage teamwork and collaboration.
  • Hands-on learning and field placements provide you with the experience you need to develop your skills and gain the experience employers look for on a résumé.

Employment Opportunities

  • There is an increasing demand for skilled individuals who are able to apply behavioural strategies, in the context of ethical and respectful care, to persons with disabilities and mental health issues.
  • Students who successfully complete this program are prepared to provide direct client services in diverse settings, including:
    • Schools
    • Group homes
    • Vocational workshops
    • Outpatient mental health services
    • Early intervention programs
    • Youth health centres
    • Community service agencies

Other Info

  • Many employers in this sector require one or all of the following as part of the hiring process: current, official Criminal Record check, Vulnerable Sector check and/or Child Abuse Register search. A conviction or finding may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • Work Placements – you participate in work placements in public and/or private settings within the province. Students are not guaranteed placements of their choice and may be required to complete a placement in communities throughout the province. Some evening and/or weekend shifts may be required.
    • Transportation, living accommodations and other costs related to work placements are the responsibility of the student.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
BIAD 3001   Applied Behavioural Analysis I
BIAD 3002   Positive Behavioural Techniques and Applications
BIAD 3003   Neurodiversity: Risk and Protective Factors
BIAD 3004   Ethics and Professional Practice for Behavioural Interventions
BIAD 3005   Psychology of Behaviour
BIAD 3006   Single Subject Research Design and Data Collection
BIAD 3008   Field Placement Seminar
BIAD 3010   Practicum Placement I
BIAD 3011   Applied Behavioural Analysis II: Evidence Based Interventions
BIAD 3018   Practicum Placement I Seminars
BIAD 3020   Practicum Placement II
BIAD 3022   Behavioural Assessment
BIAD 3028   Practicum Placement II Seminars
BIAD 3030   Field Placement
BIAD 3033   Advanced Clinical Topics in Neurodiversity
BIAD 3055   Safe Approaches to Managing Behavioural Crisis
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1050   Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (12 Hours)
SAFE 1055   Suicide Intervention (ASIST)

Additional Graduation Requirements

Immunization form Completion
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level C

Next Steps

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