Positive Behavior Support Conferences

Instructor: Bill Sands
For professionals working in this field, PBIS conferences represent an excellent opportunity to attend training workshops, learn about recent advances and new approaches, and exchange information with colleagues. Keep reading for a list of a few conferences taking place across the country.

APBS Conference

The Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS) is an international organization composed of teachers, administrators, researchers, consumers, and family members, all of whom are devoted to seeing the achievement of APBS goals, which include reducing behavioral challenges, fostering independence, and concentrating on the implementation of constructive behaviors.

As part of these efforts, APBS hosts an annual conference, which will celebrate its 14th year in 2017. This impressive conference features more than 150 speakers, workshops, and oral presentations on pertinent topics such as assessment and intervention methods, empirical findings, and recent developments.

Southeast Conference on Positive Behavior Interventions and Support

Hosted in Savannah, Georgia, this conference is hosted annually by Georgia Southern University. The event is a two and a half day conference that provides support and training tips for school districts that are working on behavioral intervention plans.

Attendees have the option to choose from four strands. Conference sessions will focus on managing and avoiding challenging behaviors, implementing appropriate school-wide routines, and creating a consistent approach among staff.

Ideally, teachers should leave this conference equipped with a comprehensive strategy for effective implementation.

PBIS Leadership Forum

This two-day forum is hosted in Chicago and was designed for school administrators at all levels, from school to regional, with the intention of creating and improving PBIS implementation strategies.

Sessions are offered for both entry- and advanced-level implementation for both K-12 and alternative education settings. Specific topics include mental health, community/family partners, and juvenile justice.

Wisconsin PBIS Center Leadership Conference

The Wisconsin PBIS Center is the product of a cooperative effort between the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the CESA Statewide Network.

The organization hosts an annual conference where PBIS professionals can convene and share their knowledge. The forum is typically highlighted by a keynote speaker, usually an illustrious professor or researcher.

New England Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Forum

Every year, the May Institute hosts a two-day conference for PBIS professionals in the New England area. The conference features multiple keynote speakers delivering lectures on a range of topics, and interactive workshops focus on strands such as challenging behaviors, adults with IDD, quality of life, and development of functional skills.

Missouri Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (MO SW-PBS)

In an effort to improve connectivity and foster communication between professionals, MO SW-PBS hosts the Bridging the Gaps seminar. In addition to a keynote speaker, the seminar features more than 70 workshops and discussions on topics such as restorative practices, district planning, integrating academics, and social media.

The Southeastern School Behavioral Health Conference

The Southeastern School Behavioral Health Community hosts an annual forum in which PBIS professionals can share ideas on behavioral health interventions and strategies. Attended by over 400 professionals and consisting of both lectures and workshops, the conference provides an excellent opportunity to network and connect with peers. Professionals in the field, such as school counselors, primary and secondary school administrators, social workers, and behavioral intervention specialists, may be able to use this conference as an opportunity to earn continuing education credits.

Positive Behavior Support Resources

To learn more about positive behavior support, this Positive Behavior Support in the Classroom course provides a solid background on important concepts related to the field. This Classroom Management Strategies course also offers valuable information on topics like culturally responsive classroom management techniques, the history of PBIS, positive learning environments, and factors that affect classroom management.

Each course is self-paced so you can learn new information at any time that's right for you, and you can check your understanding with quizzes and exams. Since our courses are mobile-friendly, you can access them on a smartphone or tablet, in addition to your computer.

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