APBS: 21st International Conference on Positive Behavior Support: The Expanding World of PBS: Science, Values and Vision, March 3 - March 9, Chicago, IL


General Session

Expanding the Landscape: Navigating a World of Possibilities within Positive Behavior Support

Ashley Greenwald
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Shiralee Poed

In this keynote, we set sail on uncharted seas, where the horizons are boundless, and the destinations are limited only by our imagination, determination, and of course, fidelity. In this expansive world of Positive Behavior Support, we share with you the intricacies of implementation across our interconnected globe and the ever-evolving opportunities for individual support, equity, and systems change. In a world where innovation thrives, we will share ideas that have sparked transformation in the vision of the association that has been embraced both locally and globally. Through listening to the breadth of these expansions, we invite you to venture beyond your comfort zone and embrace the possibility of new ideas happening within the broader networks of the International Association for Positive Behavior Support. 


Workshops will be held on Wednesday, March 6 (morning and afternoon) and on Saturday, March 9 (morning). Each Workshop requires a separate fee and ticket. Pre-registration is advised, as there will be no wait list for sold out Workshops. Be sure to register for only one workshop in each time period.

Wednesday Morning Workshops

SWK101 - Supporting Implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support in the Classroom
Brooke Curtiss
Catherine Raulerson
Dama Abshier

Participants will gain knowledge and skills to enhance the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support in the classroom and will explore free resources to support teachers in the application of five essential classroom practices. This workshop is eligible for 4 NASP CEUs.

SWK102 - Leading & Coaching School Teams for Effective Data-driven Problem-solving within MTSS
Brian Gaunt

What you have to offer students within your tiered system is only half the plan in MTSS. Questions such as who needs what, when, why, how, and for how long can only be best determined through effective use of data. This workshop will provide guidance, tools and resources to help you with improving team-based problem-solving practices within an integrated MTSS framework. District teams are encouraged to participate along with individuals with leadership or coaching roles.

SWK103 - Collaborating with Direct Service Providers to Improve Outcomes for Adults with IDD
Emily Gregori
Catharine Lory

This presentation will review strategies for addressing behavioral challenges with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and methods for collaborating with and training direct service providers to implement evidence-based behavioral interventions. This workshop is eligible for 4 BCBA CEUs.

SWK104 - Moving Beyond the Buzz: Implementing Restorative Practices to Support Sustainability.
Lisette Spraggins
Catherine Landry

This professional development workshop focuses on Restorative Practices’ effective implementation in educational settings with fidelity and sustainability. Participants will gain resources and strategies to support Positive Behavior Intervention teams, fostering positive behavioral outcomes and building a stronger school community.

SWK105 - The Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF): Integrating Mental Health within the PBIS Frame
Kelly Perales
Susan Barrett

The Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) integrated mental health into the PBIS multi-tiered system of support to create a single system of social, emotional, and behavioral supports in schools. Tools, resources, and examples for application at the State, District, and School levels will be highlighted.

SWK106 - Trauma: The Invisible Elephant Underlying Challenging Behavior
Jeannie Golden
Danielle Web
Melissa Glenn
Paula Flanders

School personnel often deal with challenging behaviors and may be unaware of the impact of underlying trauma, such as abuse, neglect, abandonment, and racial discrimination, on these behaviors. Behaviors include withdrawal, aggression, anxiety, and disruptive outbursts. Functional assessments must incorporate distal setting events, discriminative stimuli, and motivating operations to develop appropriate positive behavior supports for students who have experienced trauma. Presenters will provide trauma-informed strategies that are effective in addressing these behaviors. This workshop is eligible for 4 units of BCBA and/or NASP CEUs.

SWK107 - Early Childhood and PBIS: Strategies and Resources for Implementation
Lise Fox
Denise Perez Binder
Anna Winneker

Professional development, coaching, and data-informed decision-making are all critical parts of effectively implementing PBIS in schools. Early childhood classrooms require these same elements with careful attention to developmentally appropriate practice and contextual fit. This workshop will walk participants through resources and materials to support early childhood classrooms with training, practice-based coaching, and tools for data decision-making.

SWK108 - Supporting All Family to Thrive and Problem Solve
Sarah Fefer
Karen Elfner

We will share practical strategies to promote positive behaviors and to respond to challenging behaviors, to be applied to the entire family. Participants will learn to develop a family PBS plan aligned with family preferences, strengths, and needs. We will share proactive approaches to help families thrive, along with steps for assessment and intervention in order to understand and respond to challenging behaviors. This session is eligible for 4 BCBA and/or NASP CEUs.

Wednesday Afternoon Workshops

SWK111 - Implementing a Systematic Tier 2 Framework: Adaptive Strategies Across K-12
Sara McDaniel
Allison Bruhn

This workshop will focus on the 5-step model for tier 2 identification and intervention model (McDaniel, Bruhn, & Mitchell, 2015) using data-based decision making with the goal of improving the effectiveness and efficiency of tier 2 for students at-risk for disabilities. Participants will be able to describe the purpose of and steps to implementing a systematic process of tier 2 identification and intervention for students at-risk for disabilities. Also, participants will be able to identify important practical considerations and adaptations at varying grade levels and school sizes from the exemplar school vignettes that will be highlighted.

SWK112 - Ensuring Educational Partners are Engaged With PBIS in High Schools: Making Connections
Patti Hershfeldt
Amy Flammini

Developmentally, adolescents are eager to play a role in decision-making specific to their school and community experiences. We will explore student engagement and community connections to understand how each not only benefits implementation of PBIS, but can also increase opportunities for students outside of school. This session will be interactive so bring your ideas to share and challenges to conquer. Time will be given for networking.

SWK113 - Prevent, Teach, Reinforce: Using a Team to Enhance Quality of Life for Adults with ASD/IDD
Anne Malbica

This workshop will guide participants through using Prevent, Teach, Reinforce as a vehicle to reduce challenging behavior and increase autonomy and quality of life for adults with ASD/IDD. The process will cover establishing an effective team, creating data collection systems, determining the function of challenging behavior, planning socially significant interventions, and using data to make decisions. The author will present adaptations to the school-based PTR that make it feasible in adult service settings. This workshop is eligible for 4 BCBA Credits.

SWK114 - Connecting and Building Relationships Through Preventative Restorative Practices
Stephanie Martinez
Lauren Evanovich

Come learn about the proactive restorative practices of affective statements and community building circles. In this session we will define and review the components of each practice, provide time for practice and planning for how to integrate these practices with your PBIS framework. Participants will walk away with ideas for implementation back in their schools. This workshop is eligible for 4 BCBA CEUs.

SWK115 - Mind Full or Mindful?: Flexible Living in a Stressed Out World
Ashley Greenwald
Jodie Soracco

Have you ever felt emotionally drained? Come participate in an in-depth encounter with Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT), where you will learn to behave flexibility and appreciate the present moment even when faced with hardship. Workshop participants will learn about psychological flexibility in a self-exploration and experiential format and understand various applications within positive behavior support. This workshop is eligible for 4 BCBA CEUs.

SWK116 - Discussing Race, Racism, and Current Events with Students and Staff
Maria Reina Santiago-Rosario
Kimberly Yanek
Kent McIntosh

Holding classroom discussions about race is critical for supporting students, but some may not know how to do it well. This session will introduce a systematic process to make discussions more productive and prevent challenges. This workshop is eligible for 4 BCBA CEUs.

SWK117 - Working With Others to Improve Ethical Services for All
Ilene Schwartz
Katherine Bateman
Jennifer Jeffrey-Pearsall

Providing services to people with disabilities is a team sport. Behavior analysts and school psychologists often work together and with professionals from other disciplines with other ways of doing things. We will discuss ethical dilemmas professionals face on multi-disciplinary teams and how having a well established set of ethical principles that guide your work can help professionals make decisions about how to conduct their practice in these situations. This workshop is eligible for 4 BCBA and/or NASP CEUs.

SWK118 - Strategies for Successful Family-School Partnerships within a PBIS Framework
Karen Gifford
Kiki McGough

This interactive workshop will explore the Framework of National Standards for School Partnerships as the foundation for successful Family-School Partnerships. Participants will develop an action plan to address their diverse cultures and family structures within PBIS.

Saturday Workshops

SWK120 - Layered and Systematic Approaches to Decreasing Bullying & Disrespectful Behavior in School
Brooke Wagner

This workshop will discuss the different types of disrespectful and bullying behaviors and how to use data to assess and identify the issue with precision and understand the scope of the problem. Additionally, information about the role of the bystander and what behaviors sustain and maintain bullying. The role of school climate and the adult response, and a layered approach: consideration of the functions of behavior and systematic approaches for schools to take. This workshop is eligible for 4 BCBA Credits.

SWK201 - Trauma Responsive Positive Behavior Support for Parents
Bill Brown

This training will explore how stress can contribute to traumatic experiences and common behavioral responses resulting from traumatic experiences. Participants will gain a basic understanding of trauma including different types of trauma, the arousal continuum and window of tolerance. In home positive behavioral supports including emotional regulation skills will be taught to decrease stress reducing the likelihood of complex and toxic trauma. Participants will also learn how to advocate for Positive Behavioral Supports with schools.

Film Festival

We are excited to announce that the Film Festival is back!

2024 PBIS Film Festival: Showcasing Positivity, Relationships, and Belonging
Back by popular demand, the 2024 PBIS Film Festival (hosted by Clemson University) is meant to be a fun opportunity to demonstrate examples of the great, positive, relationships & belonging-focused work happening in the PBIS world. During the
session, we highlight the work of schools, districts, states, and other entities in their quest to communicate PBIS-related work in
unique ways. Come join laugh and learn about PBIS Films.

Thank you to all who made the 2024 PBIS Film Festival a Success!
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