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Field placements allow students in the Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Psychology program to explore different career pathways and practice the skills needed to successfully begin a career upon graduation. Placements build on knowledge learned in the classroom and further develop intervention skills, clinical judgment, and professionalism.

During field placements you can: work alongside senior staff to serve clients with various needs, assist in designing and implementing behavioural change programs, conduct behavioural assessments, co-lead group therapy, counsel clients, work with inter-disciplinary teams, and complete a research project. See summaries of student programs completed on placement and presented at conferences, like the annual provincial ONTABA conference.

This program offers 1,100 hours of supervised field placements in three different community agencies. Students can choose from over 200 placement settings found locally and throughout the province.

Field placements, requiring increasing responsibilities, are scheduled for:
  • 7 weeks in the second year
  • 8 weeks in the third year
  • 14 weeks in the fourth year

See the field placement handout (pdf) which describes what our students can offer a wide range of employers while on placement ...and beyond.

Security

For practica, field placement and eventual employment, students must pass a Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) check. Some agencies (e.g. Correctional Service of Canada) require that students pass an enhanced reliability security clearance. It is the student's responsibility to obtain these clearances at their own expense. Individuals with a criminal record are strongly advised to obtain a pardon before applying to the program, as a criminal record is likely to prohibit completion of the program and employment in the field. Placement agencies require evidence of a clear police check as a condition for entry into placement. It is not the college’s responsibility to go beyond the normal procedures to arrange such placements. Individuals with a criminal record or charges pending should contact the Program Coordinator upon entering the program for advice on how they can assess their own ability to participate in practica and placement.