Enhance Quality of Life

for people across the life-span
by joining over 1400 researchers, professionals, and family members to promote evidence-based positive behavior support.


The Association for Positive Behavior Support


"Enhance the quality of life of people across the life-span by promoting evidence-based and effective positive behavior support to realize socially valid and equitable outcomes for people, families, schools, agencies, and communities."

APBS Networks

Find an APBS Network consiting of like-minded professionals, practitioners, and family members in your region or a network corresponding to your area of PBS practice. APBS Networks span the globe, from the U.S.A and Canada, to Europe, Asia, and Australia.


APBS' International Conference on Positive Behavior Support features over 150 oral presentations, posters, pre-conference and skill-building workshops highlighting empirical findings, assessment and intervention methods, current topics, and other aspects of Positive Behavior Support (PBS).


APBS' Live Webinar Series features experts in Positive Behavior Support presenting in a collaborative online environment. Registration for webinars is free for APBS Members, who have access to video recordings of past webinars in the members' section.

APBS Poster Session

Getting Started with PBS

Get started as a leader in affecting positive behavior change for YOUR community. Whether that’s in a school, home or community, the principles of positive behavior support stay the same, but there are specific next steps that can be taken to help bring about better outcomes for all.

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Dr. Edward Carr

APBS Annual E.G. "Ted" Carr Awards

Nominations for this year's awards should be submitted by June 1, 2019. Go here for full nomination and submission instuctions.

The annual Ted Carr Initial Researcher Award is given to an early career researcher whose work in positive behavior support reflects conceptual sophistication, applied relevance, and promise of substantial contribution to the field.

The Ted Carr Early Career Practitioner Award is given to an early career practitioner whose work in positive behavior support demonstrates outstanding achievements in mentorship, service, and commitment to the application of positive behavior support (PBS) principles and technology in the field.

Finally, at each year's International Conference for Positive Behavior Support, the Association for Positive Behavior Support awards two scholarships to students who present scholarly work at the Reception/Poster Session. These awards are given to students who present original research or original research-based practitioner or teacher education information.

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APBS Conference Video of the Week

F11 - PBS In Transition for Youth with I/DD: System and Content Considerations

David Rotholz, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC, Catherine Fowler, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, Ralph Lollar, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Baltimore, MD, Jennifer Johnson, United States Department of Health & Human Services, Washington, DC, Carol Schall, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

This presentation from APBS 2019 in Washington, D.C. focuses on harnessing skills of the clinicians as social/emotional leaders in schools. Examples for establishing a culture of wellness and supporting staff to increase engagement in the classroom and school will be provided.

APBS Poster Session