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The Centre for Behavioural Studies provides opportunities for students to participate in quality placements, conducting applied research and providing direct client intervention services on the St. Lawrence campus and in the community.

The Centre also provides opportunities for real world learning and viewing of intervention therapies where students learn theory in the classroom and then have the opportunity to watch actual interventions in real time or via video feed.

Examples of projects that students have been / are involved:

  • offer assessments, then design and conduct interventions for primary and secondary school students in the autism spectrum to ensure their Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and their classroom experiences are in line with their assessed needs.
  • engage in interdisciplinary-based intervention that combines speech-language therapy with ABA-based behavioural intervention to help school age children become full participating members of the classroom.
  • develop video resources that will effectively demonstrate the differences between normal language development and abnormal language development for education and training purposes.
  • conduct group sessions for individuals with mental illnesses to help clients manage symptoms, increase quality of life and in turn find and maintain employment.
  • develop and conduct behavioural-based group therapy programs for newly divorced or separated families and provide resources for parents and children to reduce anger, depression, isolation and grief while improving coping skills, communication skills and family bonding.
  • implement Stop Now And Plan (SNAP) programs for families in the care of Children and Family Services.
  • conduct research in child abandonment.

Excerpt from the Student Involvement Fact Sheet

One of the primary objectives of The Centre is to provide real-world learning opportunities for students. One of the criteria for supporting a project through The Centre is student involvement. Students can be involved in research projects in many ways:

  • As a Centre for Behavioural Studies placement student
  • As a paid Research Assistant
  • As a student volunteer
  • As a thesis or placement student

As a Placement student, individuals will do projects, be involved in data collection and analysis and will complete tasks assigned as part of the placement opportunity. As a paid Research Assistant, individuals will be hired to complete a task or project and will be paid an hourly wage, based on submitted and approved timesheets. Research Assistants work under the direction of the Principle Investigator up to a maximum of 24 hours per week. These positions are project specific and usually short term contracts.

As a student volunteer, individuals will be given the opportunity to be involved in projects and in delivering services they might not otherwise have had as part of their normal academic career. These positions are complete voluntary and are often advertised within programs and available on a first come first served basis. Student volunteers may request a letter at the conclusion of their work on the project that states the type of work they did to include in their academic portfolio. Student volunteers who complete more than 45 hours of volunteer work will be eligible for a Student Life Credit. In those cases, the Centre for Behavioural Studies Office will submit the Student Life Credit request on behalf of the research team.

As a thesis or placement student (e.g. individuals who assist with research projects as part of their thesis or regular placement) individuals will receive recognition of their contribution to the project through regular academic channels (i.e. grades and course completions).

The Intellectual Property Policy sets out the intellectual property rights regarding information and materials produced through a research project. The policy states that all intellectual property rights remain with The Centre for Behavioural Studies. Citing a student’s involvement as part of a research paper or published article is at the sole discretion of the Principle Investigator(s).

Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Training

This training program is delivered online and is based on the Registered Behavior Technician Task List published by the Behavior Analysts Certification Board and is designed to meet the 40-hour training requirement for the RBT credential. The program is offered independent of the BACB.

The training course provides activities and quizzes to help you learn the material. Online delivery provides you with the flexibility to move through the material at your own pace and participate in online discussions with your peers and instructors.

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the RBT Training course, click here.

To register for the RBT Training course, click here.

For more information about the RBT Certification, visit: