McMaster University

McMaster University

Clinical Behavioural Sciences Program

Course Offerings

The Curriculum has been designed to provide training for students at various levels of expertise in each of the course areas. Progress from one level to the next is contingent on the student having satisfied the academic and clinical objectives of the previous level. Classes run part time, normally, once per week.


The FHS Safety Office has provided the following information regarding WHMIS training for graduate students:

The schedule for Core WHIMS is posted on our web page, the link is here.

There is an online Core WHMIS.

EOHSS also puts on Core WHMIS training and their schedule is posted here.  It will be updated as new sessions are available.


Course Schedules

September 2018-May 2019


* 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

*709/Understanding Organizations, Building Leadership from Within

This introductory course in Understanding Organizations will provide students with a model and tools to assess organizations and will introduce them to major concepts in the field of organization behaviour. Students will discover and apply concepts of how organizations function.

*715/Introduction to Applied Behavioural Analysis and Therapy

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.


*720/Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

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.

*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.


722/Supervision in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Individually tutored application of 720, 721 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. Supervision offered for: depression – adolescent and adult population and Anxiety Disorders – adolescents and adult population (e.g., 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, 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

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.

Prerequisite — an asset to have *770, or to have some exposure to developmental theories


*750/Introduction to Group Facilitation

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.


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