McMaster University

McMaster University

Clinical Behavioural Sciences Program

Course Offerings


Course offerings


All Diploma students are required to take two online courses in their first month of study:

  • SGS 101-- Academic Research Integrity and Ethics
  • SGS 201—Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)  



Course Schedule  


The Following courses will be offered during the 2019-2020 Academic Year


* Courses are half (3-unit) courses.

Note: Not all courses are offered in a given year. Please consult the department for current offerings, or refer to the course schedule.

*708/Mindfulness Applications for Health Care

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental way of paying attention in the present moment. It may reduce emotional reactivity and negative thinking, increasing resilience and enhancing the ability to choose how to respond to difficult situations. This course will focus on developing an understanding of the application of mindfulness interventions for health care populations. The emphasis will be on developing familiarity with leading and facilitating mindfulness practices.  Based on mindfulness based cognitive therapy traditions, participants will first participate in the mindfulness intervention, followed by discussion of the practice and the methodology for teaching the practice

*715/Introduction to Applied Behavioural Analysis and Therapy, Flyer

An introduction to the learning and conditioning principles of  respondent conditioning, operant conditioning, social learning theory and cognitive psychology upon which behavioural and cognitive behavioural assessment, formulation and therapy is based .  Students will be introduced to basic assessment and formulation skills.

*718/Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy


This course is designed to teach the basic philosophy, behaviour change procedures and techniques of ACT with a focus on the core therapeutic processes of ACT.  Upon successful completion of the course students will acquire a working knowledge and the skills of ACT as applied to individuals, couples and families



*720/Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Flyer

The student will acquire the basic knowledge and skill that will prepare them to train as an independent Cognitive Behavioural therapist. In addition, the student will be exposed to basic learning and behavioural change principles in order to develop case formulations and develop a treatment plan.

Students must receive a grade of B on all evaluation components to pass the course.


*721/Advanced Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

The student will participate in a cognitive behavioural therapy group for 12-16 weeks.  The student will participate as a co-therapist.  They will both observe as well as demonstrate cognitive behavioural therapy strategies.

Prerequisite*720 and assessment of eligiblity.

722/Consultation in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Prerequisite(s): Satisfactory completion of CBS 720 and CBS 721 and assessment of eligibility from the course instructor is required.


Students must have their own clients, two cases, 10 weeks each (consecutively), and bring their own course



Individually tutored application of 720 Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, 721 Advanced Cognitive
Behavioural Therapy knowledge and skills, plus introduction of more specialized concepts and methods for the
disorder that the student has chosen to focus. This course will focus on only one disorder for which the

treatment will be repeated.


Clinical case consultation is offered for Depression (adolescent and adult population) and Anxiety Disorders
(adolescents and adult population social phobia, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, only).
Prerequisite *721 and assessment of eligibility (Students must have their own clients, two cases, 10 weeks each
(consecutively), and bring their own course material


*726/Introduction to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Review of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy formulations of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  In-depth learning of key Cognitive Behavioural treatment techniques for single-incident traumas.

Prerequisite *720 & *721

*730/Introduction to Family Assessment Concepts, Flyer

This course serves as an introduction to understanding family systems and learning the relevant concepts to assess family functioning.  The development of the family and models of understanding the family system (culture, structure, communication, intergenerational issues) will be reviewed.  Students will learn the patterns to look for in family assessment and through role-plays and case examples will develop their perceptual and conceptual skills.


*750/Introduction to Group Facilitation, Flyer

Group work has been demonstrated to be an effective way of providing service to clients. This course examines group work practice by exploring a range of theoretical concept, frameworks and skills.

*760/Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

This course will focus on understanding the theoretical underpinnings and evidence supporting the use of this integrated set of interviewing skills for clients who are ambivalent about change.  Students will participate in pairs and small inter-professional groups to develop and practice beginning and advanced motivational interviewing skills through discussion, case studies and practice in class.

*761/Advanced Motivational Interviewing

The level II course will focus on the advanced interviewing skills, further exploring ethical use of motivational interviewing eliciting change talk and developing an action plan wiht clients who are ambivalent about change.


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