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


  • Early Childhood
  • Integration and Alignment
  • Individual Students and Tier 3
  • Classroom
  • Tier 2
  • School-Wide Systems (Tier 1)
  • Equity
  • Home and Community
  • IDD
  • Families and Parent Supports
  • Mental Health
  • Administrators
  • Behavior Analysts
  • Behavior Specialists
  • Counselors
  • Early Interventionists
  • Educators/Special Educators
  • Family Support Personnel
  • Parents/Family Members
  • Psychologists
  • Researchers
  • Social Workers

Download a sample letter to request approval from your organization to attend the 21st International Conference on Positive Behavior Support. View the PDF version of this document here.

The 21st International Conference on Positive Behavior Support will feature over 200 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. Presentations and workshops will focus on topics including:

  • Early Childhood: The Early Childhood strand includes presentations about systems change efforts, research, evidence-based practices, and case study presentations related to young children (birth through age 5) and PBS implementation
  • Integration and Alignment: Presentations in this strand provide frameworks for integrating and aligning systems of support (e.g., academic and behavior MTSS supports, positive behavior supports and mental health systems, juvenile justice) to enhance student success and interagency collaboration and cooperation.
  • Individual Students and Tier 3: This strand emphasizes the use of PBS principles and technology to support individual students within a school setting. The focus is on one or more specific students, rather than the school system.
  • Classroom: Presentations in this strand focus on how the principles and technology of PBS are implemented within classroom settings for students with or without disabilities.
  • Tier 2: Presentations in this strand focus on delivering interventions to individuals who require targeted supports in addition to universal supports and are at risk for developing more serious challenging behavior.
  • School-Wide Systems (Tier 1): Presentations in this strand highlight current work in school-wide positive behavior support. Emphasis is placed on efforts to “scale-up,” implement and sustain PBS principles and technology across multiple schools in districts and states.
  • Equity: Presentations in this strand focus on applying PBS principles and technology to support a fair and inclusive educational system that results in higher student achievement, increased quality of instruction, improvement of low-performing schools, and/or better outcomes for students from diverse circumstances.
  • Home and Community: Presentations within the home and community strand focus on how the principles and technology of PBS are implemented across the lifespan in a variety of settings such as home, community centers, adult employment, residential settings, eldercare facilities, etc.
  • IDD: Presentations in this strand will highlight the application of PBS principles and technology to support children and/or adults with IDD in settings outside of school (e.g., home, community). An intellectual disability is characterized by limitations in intellectual functioning and difficulties in a variety of everyday social and practical skills. A developmental disability is attributed to a cognitive or physical impairment that results in limitations in areas such as self-care, language, and mobility. The term IDD covers a broad range of disorders and syndromes.
  • Families and Parent Supports: Presentations in this strand highlight working in partnership with parents and other family members when implementing PBS in school, home, and community settings. Presentations may be focused on how professionals can understand, support, and include the family perspective when serving families, or, be aimed at helping parents and family members learn to understand and implement PBS with their family members and in their community.
  • Mental Health: The presentations in this strand focus on physiological or neurological issues, health, quality of life and well-being. In addition, presentations are included that describe how PBS principles and technology are implemented within mental health settings.

APBS Conference participants will be able to:

  1. Gain an understanding of research-based strategies that combine applied behavior analysis and biomedical science with person-centered values and systems change to increase quality of life and decrease problem behavior;
  2. Identify practical applications of positive behavior support in a variety of places including schools, early childhood, mental health, child welfare settings, and in organizations that provide services to adults with intellectual or other disabilities;
  3. Describe the most current, state-of-the-art research on positive behavior support for a variety of populations and settings;
  4. Expand explicit knowledge about the field of positive behavior support that promotes questioning about the field and its aims and methods;
  5. Expand their perspective on problems/goals and positive behavior support intervention strategies by enhancing knowledge (unspoken understandings) about the field of positive behavior support; and
  6. Enhance understanding about the key components and related considerations in the positive behavior support process from an individual to systems level perspective.

Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 E Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL, US, 60601

Click here to reserve your room

If you need additional assistance, please contact the Hyatt at 312-565-1234 or conference@apbs.org.

If the group rate is no longer available, prevailing rates may be offered for some or all of your dates.
Hyatt Rates:
Single/Double $199
Triple $224
Quad $249

Credits other than those noted below will not be offered at the conference this year.

A Certificate of Attendance will be available at the end of the conference for those wishing to submit contact hours to your professional development organization. The Certificate will be emailed to all conference attendees along with the post-conference survey.

Permission is being sought for Board Certified Behavior Analysts (Type 2 credits from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board). BCBA Type 2 CEU qualifying sessions require that a presenter meets the requirements to instruct for BCBA CEUs, that content of the presentation extends beyond the current BCBA Task List/BCaBA Task List and coursework required for sitting for certification exams, and be behavior-analytic in nature.

NASP CPD qualifying sessions require the presenter(s) to have training and/or experience qualifying them as experts in the subject matter, content aligns with the NASP Domains of Practice, and the instructional level is appropriate for credentialed school psychologists.

BCBA and NASP Credits will be offered at a flat rate–$50/$35 for APBS Members and $75/$45 for Non-Members Respectively.

See the Conference Agenda (available in December) for sessions approved for BCBA and NASP credits.

CEU Providers

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Tuesday, March 5
3:00 pm – 6:00 pmRegistration/Information
Wednesday, March 6
7:30 am – 5:00 pmRegistration/Information
8:30 pm – 12:30 pmPre-conference Workshops – Morning
(Pre-registration required at an additional fee)
1:00 pm – 5:00 pmPre-conference Workshops – Afternoon
(Pre-registration required at an additional fee)
Thursday, March 7
7:00 am – 6:00 pmRegistration/Information
7:30 am – 5:00 pmExhibits Open
8:00 am – 9:15 amWelcome/General Session
9:45 am – 10:45 am

Session A (Session AB until 11:45)

11:00 am – 12:00 pmSession B
12:00 pm – 1:15 pmLunch on your own
1:15 pm – 2:15 pmSession C (Session CD until 3:15)
2:30 pm – 3:30 pmSession D
3:45 pm – 4:45 pmSession E
5:00 pm – 6:00 pmSession F
6:00 pm – 7:30 pmReception and Poster Session
Friday, March 8
8:00 am – 5:00 pmRegistration/Information
8:00 am – 4:00 pmExhibits Open
8:30 am – 9:30 amSession G (Session GH until 10:30)
9:45 am – 10:45 amSession H
11:00 am – 12:00 pmSession I
12:00 pm – 1:15 pmLunch on your own
1:15 pm – 2:15 pmSession J (Session JK until 3:15)
2:30 pm – 3:30 pmSession K
3:45 pm – 4:45 pmSession L
Saturday, March 9
8:00 am – 9:30 amRegistration/Information
8:30 am – 12:30 pmHalf-day Workshops
(Pre-registration required at an additional fee)
Exhibitor Schedule
Wednesday, March 6
3:00 pm – 5:00 pmExhibitor Registration and Tabletop Set-up
Thursday, March 7
7:30 am – 5:00 pmExhibits Open
Friday, March 8
8:00 am – 4:00 pmExhibits Open
4:00 pm – MidnightExhibitor Dismantling

The On Demand portion of the 21st International Conference on Positive Behavior Support will include recordings of the General Session and 24 select In Person sessions. All content being recorded for On Demand viewing will be marked with a symbol in the Agenda Program. 

All On Demand content will be available approximately 2 weeks following the In Person conference and can be viewed within the Attendee Hub conference platform until June 24, 2024.

On Demand content will focus heavily on sessions eligible for BCBA Type 2 CEUs and/or NASP CPD Credits.

Register for On Demand access to 2024 Conference Content

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