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Psychology - Applied Behaviour Analysis

The aim of this course is to ensure that students become proficient to a high degree in the understanding and practical application of the principles of applied behaviour analysis with particular regard to persons with autism and other developmental disabilities, and/or children and adolescents in care or special programmes, and/or those students presenting learning and/or behavioural challenges in school. The content of this course focuses on behavioural theory. This intensive course provides professional training in applied behaviour analysis (ABA) for a yearly intake of up to 8 students. Approval has been secured from the Behaviour Analysis Certification Board, an international body which sets standards for training and provides a route for securing ABA Certification status. Classes are normally arranged to take place on one weekday with additional classes taking place on occasional weekends as required. Placement practice in behaviour analysis must be supervised by a privately engaged, but course approved supervisor. Students receive continuous assessment and feedback through their regular supervision sessions and participation in class activities. Placement practice in ABA is also formally assessed at mid and end of course. Students must maintain a portfolio of their work throughout the course.

Course Content:
Graduates of this course are skilled to engage in the ethical practice and research of ABA, to conduct functional behavioural assessments, implement and design behaviour support plans or learning/skill acquisition programmes, and analyse and display data to make informed decisions around intervention and learning needs.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be required to hold at least an upper second class honours degree in Psychology from a recognised university course, which confers eligibility for graduate membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland, and a Diploma in ABA (or course work equivalent). Applicants will be required to submit an academic transcript of their qualifications to date. The selection process may also require attendance at interview and the submission of a written piece of work.


2 years, full-time.

Further enquiries

Course Director(s): Dr Maeve Bracken
Course Email(s):

Course Tel(s): +353-1-896 3907

Subjects taught

Modules include:

Advanced research - data analysis methods in ABA I
Conceptual Issues in ABA Research Dissertation Proposal
Special Topics in ABA*
Supervised Research - Practice
Research Dissertation

* Special Topics may include: Precision Teaching, ABA in Multidisciplinary Teams, Theoretical Approaches in Behaviour Analysis. -These topics may vary according to staff availability.

Application date

Closing Date: 31st March 2017.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2017.

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