Diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis (Autism and Related Conditions)


Course: Diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis (Autism and Related Conditions)

Start date: Monday, 27 January 2020

Classroom-based: 10 weeks, one evening per week from 6.30 to 9.30pm
Online: 30 hours of tuition

Course fee:
Classroom-based: €995 (€1,095 if paying in instalments)
Online course: €895 (€995 if paying in instalments)
Non-EU students: €1,295

Multi-Course Discount: Students who register for two or more classroom-based courses with the School of Psychology can do so at a fee of €895 per course.

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The aim of this course is to give students an understanding of the practical applications of the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) with particular attention paid to persons with autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, children and adolescents in care, and persons presenting with learning and/or behavioural challenges in school. This intensive course provides training in ABA for complete beginner’s as well as those with some experience who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of behavioural approaches. Upon completion students will have a greater understanding of the principles of ABA and how to apply them, how to determine the function of challenging behaviour and how to design behavioural interventions to both decrease and increase behaviour as necessary. A main goal of the course is to give students the tools needed to improve the quality of life of others in a meaningful way.  The course will deal with topics such as: What is ABA?, The principles of behaviour analysis, Dealing with challenging behaviour, Verbal behaviour and communication, Functional communication training (FCT), Conducting functional behavioural assessments, Measuring behaviour, Designing and implementing behavioural interventions, and the analysis and display of behavioural data. All course content will fall under four broad content areas.


  • Keith Lyons

    Keith Lyons is a graduate of the National University of Ireland Maynooth, where he completed his psychology degree receiving an upper-class honours degree. He has also recently completed a Doctorate in Psychological Science: Behaviour Analysis and Therapy, also at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. He has worked as a reviewer for the Journal of European Psychology Students, and the Journal of Psychology and Psychotherapy.

    Keith’s doctoral research focused on teaching children with Autism and low IQ scores to respond in a flexible manner to increasingly complex sets of relational stimuli and assessing if this training impacted upon IQ and verbal ability, the research simultaneously developed and evaluated a new computerised method of stimulus presentation.

    Keith has also worked within the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in both schools and as a private behavioural consultant, providing behavioural support and interventions to families. He has experience working with a wide range of clients each presenting with a unique set of needs, abilities, communication systems, diagnoses and challenges. Keith uses evidence-based behavioural approaches to combat and reduce challenging behaviour while simultaneously increasing more acceptable socially significant behaviours.

  • 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

  • Assessment will be by way of a 2,500-word assignment.

  • “I just completed a Diploma in Applied Behaviour Analysis with City Colleges.  I was unable to travel so completed it online.  The course was brilliant. The tutor was very informative and constructive.  It was well timed and well paced with a lot of time given for interaction and participation.  If I had any queries in relation to IT or admin the staff were very forthcoming and helpful.  I thoroughly enjoyed the course and will endeavour to undertake more in the future. I would highly recommend both the course and the college for any student wishing to further their education.”

    Martina O’Rourke

    “I never took online classes before and was initially sceptical about how this would work. The lecturer has an excellent method of teaching and willing to answer questions related to our everyday experiences with ASD kids. He has an excellent approach to all students and issues that arise, questions that were asked. I already started implementing everything I had learned from him with a great result, as well as teaching the parents how to approach certain issues with their kids. He is using a lot of technical words, yet he is able to reach all of us explaining the meanings behind it as well as offering everyday life examples to each and every terms. I would highly recommend this class to anyone I know, as I already mentioned it to many parents whose kids I teach. Furthermore, Dr Lyons gets back to students in a timely manner with all questions asked through email. I am very happy taking this class as he makes it easy for me to learn and understand the course.”

    T.B. December 2014


    “I’ve just completed this course, and I have to say I learned so much from it, it gave me a better understanding of all the jargon I would sometimes hear my home tutor saying, I now find myself talking in the same jargon! If you want a better understanding of ABA this is your course! Keith is even nice enough to break it down into broken English for the parents who are finding it hard to understand. Sad the course is over I truly enjoyed it.”

    Marie Galligan

  • Why City Colleges?

    • Courses for students who are passionate about their subject, delivered by leaders in their field.
    • Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review
    • City centre location in South Great George’s Street, convenient for bus, LUAS, DART
    • Study rooms and library in our City Centre locations
    • Limited class size
    • Parking

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    For more information please contact us on: 1850 25 27 40, 01 4160034 or email


For More Information

Please contact us on: 1850 25 27 40, 01 4160034  or email