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The Association for Positive Behavior Support

Canceled! The 17th Annual International Conference on Postive Behavior Support is canceled.

Due to the declaration by the World Health Organization that the Coronavirus is a pandemic, we are compelled to cancel the 17th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support and all conference-related events in Miami effective immediately. You will receive an email giving you instructions should you wish to request a refund for your conference registration fees within a reasonable time frame. We are sorry for the interruption in your plans. We hope to see you in Minnesota on 3/17 ~ 3/19/21 for the 18th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support. Thank you for understanding our need to make this decision at this time given the nature of this unprecedented event.

Please download the form letter here for the notification of cancellation to provide to your organization or district.


“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.

An Overview of Positive Behavior Support

in Your Community

Additional languages: Simple Chinese | French/Canada | French/France | Spanish/Latin America | Spanish/Spain

APBS Poster Session

Getting Started with Positive Behavior Support

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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School Home Community

Dr. Edward Carr

APBS Annual E.G. "Ted" Carr Awards

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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FEATURED APBS Conference Video

GS: Positive Behavior Support and Social, Emotional and Behavioral Wellness: Opportunities and Shared Responsibilities

Tim Knoster, McDowell Institute Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA, Renee Bradley, United States Department of Education, Washington DC, Mark Weist, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, and George Sugai, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

This presentation was recorded at the 2019 Association for Positive Behavior Support Conference in Washington, D.C.

Join us at the 2020 Association for Positive Behavior Support Conference in Miami, Florida.

Upcoming Conference Dates

Minneapolis March 17-20, 2021
Hyatt Regency

San Diego April 13-16, 2022
Manchester Grand Hyatt

Jacksonville, FL March 29-April 1, 2023
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville

Chicago March 6-9, 2024
Hyatt Regency Chicago

St. Louis March 12-15, 2025
Hyatt Regency St Louis at the Arch