CBS Fall Newsletter

Emma's Return to SLC. 

Emma Whelpley, graduate of SLC's Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Psychology program (2019) decided she wanted to deepen her practice and increase her capacity to work with people living with autism, so she enrolled in SLC’s 1 year graduate certificate program, Autism and Behavioural Science this Fall. Additionally, Emma joined the CBS staff team this fall as a bursary student. Emma stated “I have had the wonderful opportunity to be the Student Behaviour Therapy Assistant at the Centre for Behavioural Studies over the semester.  Through this position I have been able to expand my skills by preparing materials for client programming and assessment, observing clinical activities, and assisting the behaviour therapists at the centre”. Currently, she is on placement with the Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board and working with the Board’s ABA Advisor Katie Phillips, and SLC faculty Laura Campbell and Meaghen Shaver. This research team is evaluating the effectiveness of Milo, a robot that teaches social skills to children with autism.      

"Milo looks like a little human and has a face that can display different emotions and a body that can show different actions! For example, Milo can laugh and do things such as dance or even walk.  He also has a display screen on his chest and an accompanying tablet that displays lesson materials and videos.  If you would like more information on Milo himself (or even to see what he looks like) here is the website with more information: https://robots4autism.com/milo/ "

The staff at the centre have been supportive and encouraging in coaching me on my own clinical skills and have provided me with many opportunities to enhance and build upon the skills I have learned through my education.  I could not be more thankful for this experience and the learning it has brought me."    

Accept, Identify, Move (AIM) curriculum

In the Fall of 2019, Allix Lemieux entered her final year of the Honours Behavioural of Psychology program and is completing her applied thesis under the supervision of Laura Campbell. When asked about her project, Allix stated “My thesis is on the effects of the Accept, Identify, Move (AIM) curriculum, a new comprehensive program designed for youth that combines components of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), and mindfulness. I chose this topic based on my interest in 'third-generation' behavioural applications and youth-oriented intervention. I have been very fortunate to be involved with CBS to learn about their experience and results from implementing AIM at the centre”. Allix is currently being mentored on the AIM curriculum by CBS Behaviour Therapist Katarina Fischer, who has been using the curriculum since attending the training hosted by CBS, and delivered by Dana Pauliliunas in the winter of 2019. Fischer presented her findings along with SLC faculty, Kim Trudeau-Craig at this year's ONTABA conference in Toronto. 

CBS as a placement option

Allison Thompson and her colleague, Shaun Robillard both joined the CBS team this fall for their 7 week placement in their final year of the Advanced Diploma in Behavioural Science. "I am a third-year student in the Behavioural Science program completing a placement at the Center for Behavioural studies. In my short time here, I have learned an abundance of knowledge about all of the different forms of IBI table treatments. The Center for Behavioural studies has definitely widened my scope of knowledge on ASD and provided me with amazing opportunities to advance my skill set."

Building Behavioural Solutions Conference

Save the date! This year's Building Behavioural Solutions Conference takes place at St. Lawrence College on Monday, April 6th, 2020! 

Registered Behaviour Technician Training

The Centre for Behavioural Studies celebrates its 1st year in operation by providing a promotional discount for the RBT training and testing! Learn more by visiting our registration page!

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