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Considering a Practicum Student?


Behavioural Science (BHS) is:

  • Fully accredited by the Private Colleges Accreditation Board and the Minister of Learning, Alberta
  • An interdisciplinary program encompassing the fields of psychology and sociology
  • A 3-year BA: Behavioural Science (Concentration), or a 4-year BA: Behavioural Science (Major)

BHS Practicum is:

  • Mandatory and a key component of the BHS program
  • A service-learning course
  • 100 hours in the fall semester for all BHS students
  • 150 additional hours in the winter semester for students in the 4-year BHS Major only
  • “An educational experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets community needs.” (Bringle & Hatcher)
  • An opportunity for students to “…reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of the course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.” (Bringle & Hatcher)

Students Require:

  • Meaningful and practical work within the organization
  • 100 hours in the fall and 150 hours in the winter above and beyond any formal training sessions 
  • Direct supervision including meetings with a supervisor, ongoing constructive feedback and formal evaluations (no specific supervisor credentials required)
  • Training and orientation to the organization including policies and procedures 
  • An active contract with the organization (established when finalizing a practicum placement)

For additional information, contact Kim McLachlan at 403.410.2000, ext 5913 or