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 2020 Fall Term, online!!!- email, for details


* 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

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.

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



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


*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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