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Applied Behaviour Analysis (MSc)
MSc (Applied Behaviour Analysis)
College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies
This Master of Science (MSc) programme is designed to meet your needs as a practitioner to improve socially significant behaviours in individuals with development disabilities through behavioural assessment and application of evidence based interventions. Students will gain skills to work as practitioners in the areas of education, rehabilitation and behaviour support. The principles and strategies of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) can be applied to a range of human behaviour, including social skills, academic and adaptive skills, as well as to support individuals with challenging behaviour. In addition, the programme aims to provide students with training and supervision to conduct applied research with clinical populations. Applied Behaviour Analysis is comprised of evidenced based practices which are often recommened as the best approach for working with people with intellectual disabilities or pervasive developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder.
This course is accredited by the internationally recognised Behavior Analyst Certification Board, allowing graduates to work as practitioners in organisations or as independent contractors abroad as well as in Ireland.
The programme follows the scientist-practitioner model, providing students with an integrated training in ABA’s academic, practical and research aspects.
Applications are invited from candidates who hold a Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent). Evidence of relevant experience and motivation will be taken into account in offering places on the course.
Garda vetting/police clearance is required for this programme.
2 years, full-time
Next start date: September 2016
Average intake: 15
Closing date: 31 March 2016
The MSc involves full-time study for two years. Lectures are held one day per week, with additional clinical supervision sessions provided on designated days. The course provides students with opportunities to gain experience working within schools and services that support individuals with differential diagnoses, which facilitates the integration of the course’s practical and academic elements. The course offers approved clinical placements which students can pursue. Placement is not compulsory and an alternative assessment can be selected instead.
The programme offers a thorough training in a variety of behaviour change procedures, functional assessment technologies and skills teaching practices. Students are given training in the theoretical foundations of behaviour analysis and are provided with the skills to work as practitioners. A strong emphasis is placed on the ability to work with, and provide treatment for, diverse and complex cases. Students will become competent in the design of educational and rehabilitative programmes in an applied environment. The course is accredited by the internationally recognised Behavior Analyst Certification Board (bacb.com), allowing graduates to work as practitioners in organisations or as independent contractors both nationally and internationally.
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