The 13th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support, San Francisco, California, March 23-26, 2016

APBS 2016 Conference

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3/21/2016, 10:34:24 PM

The 2016 APBS Conference begins later this week on Wednesday, March 23rd! We hope those of you attending are all as excited as we are!

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Association for Positive Behavior Support 13th Annual Conference Press Release

2/26/2016, 3:07:11 AM

The press release for the 2016 APBS Conference is now available: 13th Annual APBS Conference Press Release (PDF)

The Association for Positive Behavior Support Holds 13th Annual International Conference March 23-26, 2016 in San Francisco, California.

National attention has been focused on violence prevention and the provision of appropriate educational and mental health services for children and adults at risk for or engaged in problem behavior, such as defiance, truancy, aggression and property destruction. Decades of research show that these individuals need safe, effective, and positive environments at school, at home, and in the community. Within such nurturing environments, children and adults are more likely to thrive socially, succeed academically, and become contributing members of society. To underscore the importance of promoting these outcomes, in October 2014, the U.S. Department of Education awarded more than $70 million in grants to create safe and effective learning environments in schools and increase community mental health services throughout the U.S. Most recently, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA, 2015) mentions the use of positive behavior support to improve student outcomes and school conditions for student learning.

Consistent with this initiative, the Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS) will be holding The 13th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support in San Francisco, California March 23-26, 2016. This year’s conference is expected to bring in 1500 participants from over 12 countries. In addition to the United States, participants are expected from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, the Netherlands and Saudi Arabia. The conference will include over one hundred fifty conference sessions, numerous pre and post conference workshops and over fifty poster presentations. The conference will provide professionals, family members and consumers with the latest research and practice on creating safe school and community environments for children and adults in which proactive, positive behavior supports are implemented to prevent problem behavior, to teach socially responsible behavior, and to promote academic achievement. Information regarding the APBS organization or the APBS conference can be found on the organization’s website

APBS is an international organization dedicated to improving the social behavior, academic achievement, and quality of life of children and adults who engage in problem behavior. Practitioners use evidence-based practices to build effective environments in which children and adults receive the structure, support and encouragement they need to reduce problem behavior, increase learning, and develop social-emotional skills. Interventions and supports aim to improve individuals’ health and safety, social relationships, school success and community participation. Twenty years of positive behavior support research has shown that skillful implementation by teachers, parents and community-based professionals helps individuals make meaningful progress toward these goals.

APBS is a multidisciplinary organization made up of professionals (e.g., teachers, researchers, administrators), family members, and consumers committed to the application of positive behavior support within the context of the school, family, and community. In schools, positive behavior supports are provided within evidence-based, multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) that include: (a) universal, systems level support for the whole school; (b) targeted prevention for small groups of children and adults; and (c) intensive intervention for children and youth with complex needs for support.

For more information, please contact

Heather Peshak George, Ph.D.
President, Association for Positive Behavior Support


Tim Knoster, Ed.D.
Executive Director, Association for Positive Behavior Support

Full Agenda Program for APBS 2016 Available

2/3/2016, 11:11:57 PM

The full Agenda Program for the 2016 APBS Conference is now available! View it here: View APBS 2016 Agenda Program.

APBS 2016 Featured Speakers

11/4/2015, 2:40:29 PM

You won't want to miss our keynote speaker, Dean Fixsen, Ph.D., Senior Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, along with featured speakers: Thomas Dishion, University of Arizona, Tempe, AZ; Sui Lin Goei, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands; Rob Horner, University of Oregon; Lucille Eber, Midwest PBIS Network; George Singer, University of California at Santa Barbara; Robin Parks Ennis, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Bob and Lynn Koegel, University of California at Santa Barbara; and Sara McDaniel, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.


11/3/2015, 3:40:19 PM

We are expecting a record number of registrants in 2016! Please be aware that the Westin St. Francis is a historic hotel and can only accommodate a maximum of 1500 conference registrants due to fire code. Therefore, APBS will be required to close conference registration once this number is reached and will be unable to make exceptions. If you are planning to attend the APBS Conference in San Francisco, I recommend that you register now! Applications for volunteers are still being accepted which provides free registration and Early Bird Registration closes on January 25, 2016. Please see for more details.

APBS 2016 Registration Brochure Now Available!

10/15/2015, 9:05:46 PM

Download the registration brochure here to start planning your 2016 APBS conference experience! The registration brochure contains descriptions of all Pre-conference workshops, to be held Wednesday, March 23rd, and all Skill-building workshops on Saturday, March 26th.

2016 Ted Carr Initial Researcher Award Winner

10/7/2015, 5:17:56 PM

The Association for Positive Behavior Support is pleased to announce Dr. Sara McDaniel as the 2016 Ted Carr Initial Research Award winner. Dr. Sara McDaniel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education and Multiple Abilities at the University of Alabama. She spent six years as a classroom teacher in Georgia and her expertise is in teaching students with challenging behaviors and training practitioners to implement best practices to support these students. Sara is the Executive Director of the Alabama Positive Behavior Support Office and provides PBIS training and coaching to schools and districts across the state. Her research interests include Tier 2 identification and intervention, classroom management, and effective and efficient interventions for students placed in alternative settings.

APBS 2016 Call for Papers is Now Closed

9/11/2015, 1:55:20 PM

The 13th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support Call for Papers is now closed. The deadline for proposals this year was September 10, 2015. Presenters at this year's conference will be notified of selection in late October 2016. To find out about more important dates regarding presentations, visit the Call for Papers page.

APBS Keynote Speaker Announced

6/1/2015, 1:28:58 PM

Dean L. Fixsen, Ph.D. began his career in human services in 1963 as a Psychiatric Aide in a large state hospital for children with profound developmental delays. Dean received his doctorate in Experimental Psychology from the University of Kansas in 1970. Dean was Co-Director (with Montrose Wolf and Lonnie Phillips) of the research group that produced the Teaching-Family Model, an early version of an evidence-based program (48 years and counting) and one of the few that has national certification standards for practitioners and for organizations using the Model. Dean is co-author of the highly regarded monograph, Implementation research: A synthesis of the literature. He has served on numerous editorial boards and has advised federal, state, and local governments. Dean is a Senior Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Co-Founder (with Karen Blase) of the National Implementation Research Network; Co-Director (with Barbara Sims, Karen Blase, Rob Horner, and George Sugai) of the State Implementation and Scaling up of Evidence-based Practices (SISEP) Center; Co-Founder (with Jennifer Schroeder) of the Global Implementation Initiative; and a member of the founding Board of Editors of the journal Implementation Science. Dean has spent his career developing and implementing evidence-based programs, initiating and managing change processes in provider organizations and service delivery systems, and working with others to improve the lives of children, families, and adults.