Diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis

From 24th of January 2022 - for 10 weeks

Brief description of the event

The course provides an understanding of the philosophical and historical underpinnings of Applied Behaviour Analysis. Explain and introduce students to the basic assumptions and principles of Behaviour analysis as an applied field,
Outline and explain each of the seven dimensions of ABA
Training in the use of behavioural principles and technologies to promote and increase socially significant behaviours like communication, self management, social skills and life skills for those with intellectual disabilities.
Training in conducting behavioural assessments to identify the function of a challenging and create and intervention to reduce that behaviour using methods like functional communication training, differential reinforcement of alternative behaviour and so on.
Understanding the importance of using evidence based interventions and data collection.

For whom?

This course is designed for teachers, SNAs, youth workers, care workers and those working with children or adolescents with autism and other disabilities in many different settings. It may also be helpful for parents who want to develop skills in ABA for supporting their own children.

Learning Outcomes


  • Understand the principles of behaviour and how to apply them with particular attention to populations with intellectual disabilities;
  • Understand how to conduct behavioural assessment to identify the function of a behaviour;
  • Understand how to design behavioural interventions and apply behavioural technologies to increase and decrease behaviour;
  • Learn methods and importance of accurate data collection and interpretation;
  • Awareness of the importance of using an evidence based approach when designing interventions;
  • Awareness of the ethical issues involved when working with at risk populations and using applied behaviour analysis methods;


This course is aimed at providing students with a clear critical, analytic, and evaluative understanding and solid foundation of contemporary knowledge in behavioural theory and practice and the principles underpinning the subject area.

ABA Course Outline

Definitions, Characteristics and Basic Principles

  • Origins of ABA
  • Basic principles

Selection, Defining and Measuring Behaviour

  • Selecting socially significant behaviour
  • Measurement systems

Behavioural Assessment

  • Functional behaviour assessment (FBA)
  • Descriptive assessment
  • Functional analysis

Behavioural Intervention, Measurement and Evaluation

  • Discrete trial training
  • Natural environment teaching
  • Functional communication training (FCT)
  • Dealing with challenging behaviour
  • Behavioural technologies
  • Displaying data
  • Interpreting data

* Topics are subjects to change without notice

Contact for making reservations and enquires

Via www.citycolleges.ie or phone 1850 252 740 or (01) 4160034.


Caroline Wheeler completed a BA in Psychology at National University of Maynooth, and an MSc in Applied Psychology at Trinity College Dublin. She is currently completing a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at Trinity College Dublin.

Caroline has over 8 years of work across the lifespan in a variety of services; including Intellectual Disability Services, ABA schools, and Mental Health Services. She has worked within the Research Motor Neurone (RMN) team based in Trinity College Dublin, where she explored psychological interventions in addressing the significant and complex mental health needs of caregivers of people with ALS.

Caroline is a reflective practitioner, who is passionate about supporting clients in developing their personal potential through using interventions grounded in the humanistic perspective.