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Behavioural Interventions

Behavioural Interventions

Get the specialized skills you need to support clients with emotional, behavioural and learning challenges.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year
Advanced Diploma
$5,380 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
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
Strait Area Campus • Port Hawkesbury Full time • In-class Seats available


This is a challenging and rewarding program that provides you with the expertise to assess, design, implement, modify and evaluate behavioural interventions for a variety of populations of differing ages and abilities.

You learn how to:

  • Develop respectful, person-centered behavioural interventions
  • Teach behavioural strategies to facilitate growth within social, emotional, cognitive and mental health function to individuals of varying ages, abilities and diagnoses
  • Use appropriate assessment protocols to identify behaviours and support the development of new skills
  • Use data collection to document, analyze and evaluate program progress
  • Design modifications for specialized populations, including trauma-informed care, dementia care and traumatic brain injury
  • Apply positive behavioural supports in three-tiered model from universal Tier 1 to individualized Tier 3 interventions

Admission requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in one of the following areas: behavioural science, child studies, education, human kinetics, psychology, social work or sociology.
  • Diploma in one of the following areas: human services, social services, early childhood education, child and youth care or therapeutic recreation.

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 or finding in Family Court may impact your ability to obtain a work placement. Inability to obtain a work placement will impact your ability to complete program and graduation requirements.
  • Health and Human Services programs have additional requirements, including immunizations and completion of first aid/CPR. You must submit proof that you've 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.
  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Clinical placement

  • Clinical placements are mandatory credit courses offered throughout the duration of your program. They provide you with the opportunity to integrate theory with practice and understand the everyday challenges of a work environment.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid.
  • Clinical placements may require you to work weekdays, evenings, weekends and/or holiday shifts.
  • Transportation, living accommodations and other costs related to clinical placements are the responsibility of the student.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Career options

There is an increasing demand for graduates skilled in applying behavioural strategies to support learning or improve quality of life across the lifespan.

Behavioural Interventionists typically work as part of an interdisciplinary team to assess, intervene or train others in the application of behavioural strategies in settings such as:

  • Schools
  • Group or small option homes
  • Vocational workshops
  • Daycares
  • Community services facilities
  • Outpatient programs

Choose NSCC

  • Learn from faculty with expertise and knowledge of trends in the field.
  • 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 resume.

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)

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