Effective June, 2011
The Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS) is an international organization dedicated to improving the support of individuals in order to reduce behavioral challenges, increasing independence, and ensure the development of constructive behaviors to meet life goals in the areas of social relationships, employment, academic achievement, functional life-skills, self-determination, health, and safety. We believe that the competent and skilled use of PBS (i.e., focusing on strategies that are compassionate, constructive, and educationally oriented) can help individuals make meaningful progress toward these goals.
The Association for Positive Behavior Support is a multidisciplinary organization made up of professionals (teachers, researchers, university professors, and administrators), family members, and consumers who are committed to the application of PBS within the context of the school, family, and community including across systems (e.g., entire schools, organizations), for small groups, and for individuals with complex needs for support.
The Nature of APBS:
APBS is a membership organization that engages in varied activities and endeavors related to Positive Behavior Support. APBS places greatest emphasis on activities associated with expanding the emerging science of Positive Behavior Support. Beyond expanding the science of Positive Behavior Support through research and outreach endeavors APBS further invests its resources in supporting networking related to the design and implementation on Positive Behavior Support across various contexts. As such, APBS is primarily a scientifically oriented organization that is also heavily invested in networking. APBS also supports (on a more limited basis) policy-related endeavors associated with Positive Behavior Support. APBS members have access to all association materials through various sources including the organization’s website (www.apbs.org). Further, members of the organization elect members to its governing board on an annual basis and may access those elected board members through a variety of methods including the website.
Positive Behavior Support is a set of processes that combine information from social, behavioral, and biomedical science and applies this information at the individual and/or systems level to reduce behavioral challenges and improve quality of life. Both systems-wide and individualized interventions used in PBS are empirically documented and can be used by a wide range of support providers.
The Association for Positive Behavior Support is currently supported by the activities of several working committees and a 12 member board. Nominations for board membership are solicited from our members. If you are interested in participating in a committee or exploring leadership opportunities, please e-mail Executive Director Tim Knoster or call (570) 389-4081.
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The APBS is an active body, focusing its attention on dissemination, education, and public policy efforts. It:
- Serves as an international forum for individuals
interested in PBS
- Hosts a conference every year
- Supports and promotes the Journal of Positive
- Publishes a quarterly newsletter
- Manages and links websites on PBS practices,
systems and examples
- Engages in policy development around the provision
of behavior support
- Establishes a directory of members to facilitate
interaction among individuals interested in
positive behavior support practices
- Works to establish national standards that
define competency in the application of positive
- Encourages the training of professionals skilled
in PBS practices through the development of
training materials, and the embedding of PBS
content in relevant professional certificate
and degree programs
- Promotes access to state-of-the-art books
and literature pertaining to PBS.
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