4th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support. The Expanding World of PBS: Science, Values, and Vision. March 8-10, 2007. Boston, MA. Association for Positive Behavior Support.

Call for Papers


The APBS Conference Committee invites you to submit a presentation for the 4th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support, March 8-10, 2007 at the Marriott Boston Copley Place, Boston, MA. The theme is "The Expanding World of PBS: Science, Values, and Vision".

The Call for Papers submission database closed on September 18.

Notification of selection will be sent by email at the end of October.

Presentation Instructions

Presentation must be submitted online. Submission by email, fax or post will not be accepted.

Presentation Type

The APBS Conference Committee will be accepting submissions online for oral presentations and posters. Please indicate during the submission process whether your presentation is an Empirical (data-based) presentation (includes data to support the presenter's conclusions) or a Non-data-based presentation.

  • Oral presentations are 75 minutes in length and will occur at various times during the conference on March 8th and 9th. You may present one topic the entire time or may choose to have multiple topics and presenters within your presentation. For example, you might have 3 presenters and a discussant all focused around a topic area (e.g., interventions for individuals diagnosed with autism).
  • Posters will be presented during the conference reception. Click here for more information on posters.

Presentation Topics

During the submission process you will be asked to select the topic area or areas that best represent your submission. You may select more than one topic area but will be asked to select the "primary area"-the one that is the best match. Topic areas include the following general areas: school-related, developmental disabilities and individuals at risk, and strands that cross multiple areas. Pick a topic within one or more of these general areas.


  • Academics - Presentations in this strand demonstrate how PBS affects the academic success of students. Particular emphasis is placed on integrating efforts focused on academic achievement within a comprehensive system of positive behavior support. Examples might include presentations on early reading skills, the link between academic success and social behavior competence, and response to intervention.
  • Classrooms - Presentations in this strand focus on how the principles and technology of PBS are implemented within a classroom. For example, presentations might focus on using a school's SWPBS program to develop a classroom support system, evidence-based classroom-wide interventions, and whole-class programs to support students with special needs.
  • Individual Student - This strand emphasizes the use of PBS to support individual students within a school. Presentations thus will be at the tertiary or intensive level of support and may include topics such as functional behavior assessment, developing behavior support plans, evidence-based intervention strategies, and inclusion.
  • School-wide Systems - Presentations in this strand highlight current work in school-wide positive behavior support. Presentations might focus on efforts to implement SWPBS (at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels) within schools, school districts, and across entire states.

Developmental Disabilities/Individuals at Risk

  • Autism - Presentations in this strand highlight best practices in supporting individuals within the autism spectrum. For example, presentations might focus on early intervention for autism, teaching social skills to individuals on the autism spectrum, working with adults diagnosed with asperger's syndrome, supporting children with autism in regular education classrooms, and parent/professional collaboration in working with children with autism.
  • Community - The presentations in this category focus on PBS implemented in community settings and could include statewide efforts that emphasize interagency collaboration. Presentations might focus on effective interventions for supporting individuals exhibiting problem behavior in community settings such as restaurants, increasing participation in the community, teaching and supporting leisure skills, and collaboration between multiple agencies such as mental health providers, adult services, early intervention, the judicial system, and schools.
  • Early Intervention - The Early Intervention strand includes systems change efforts, research, and case study presentations related to early intervention and PBS. Presentations might focus on universal supports for early intervention classrooms (e.g., adapting SWPBS for young children), empirical studies evaluating PBS within early intervention, strategies for linking early intervention programs with school programs, and interdisciplinary collaboration in the provision of early intervention services.
  • Individual Supports -The Individual Supports strand includes presentations related to PBS for adults in work, home, and community settings. For example, presentations might focus on conducting a functional assessment in a work setting, developing interventions in collaboration with the client, supporting older adults with dementia or other significant cognitive limitations, and managing ethical concerns such as confidentiality when working with adults.


  • Multi-cultural - These presentations will highlight how PBS can be implemented in diverse cultural settings. Some presentations might focus on implementation efforts in countries outside the United States. Others might focus on using PBS with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Examples might include working with interpreters, working with families or individuals from backgrounds very different from yours, and implementing PBS in specific settings such as very rural areas, or urban schools.
  • Families - Presentations in this topic area will be of special interest to family members. Presentations will present information in family-friendly language and may focus on topics such as linking families and professionals, tips and strategies (e.g., working with schools, navigating IEP meetings, managing challenging behavior, fostering inclusion, networking with other parents), and evidence-based strategies for supporting children with special needs.
  • Mental Health - The strand related to mental health is intended to organize presentations related to physiological health, and well-being. Presentations might focus on topics such as clinical behavior analysis; working with individuals diagnosed with psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression, or schizophrenia; and linking mental health and other community agencies such as schools.
  • Training - This particular strand focuses on strategies for supporting professionals, family, and community members effectively as they learn to implement PBS. Presentations might focus on models of training (e.g., train the trainer), or might highlight sucessful training strategies used by states, agencies, professoinals, or schools.
  • Ethics - Presentations in this strand will focus on ethical issues facing researchers, teachers, clinicians, and other professionals. For example, presentations may review ethical guidelines within a discipline and address ethical dilemmas within that framework, confidentiality, dual relationships, and best practices concerning ethical issues.

The APBS Conference Committee reserves the right to allocate your presentation to Instructions for authors of oral and poster presentations.doc either oral presentation or poster session and to vary the chosen strand, depending on the number and type of submissions received.

Poster Information

Posters will be presented in conjunction with the conference reception. Each presentation is provided a 4-foot high x 8-foot-wide (122cm x 244 cm) bulletin board on which to display a summary of the presentation. Poster presenters are not supplied with any audio visual equipment. Those requiring such equipment should refrain from requesting the poster only or poster preferred formats on the submission form.

Formatting Your Submission

Before submitting your presentation online, please use the following links to download formatting instructions and a presentation template to prepare your presentation in Microsoft Word. You will complete the submission template and save it to your computer before you submit your presentation online.

Download the Instructions for presentation submission.

Download the Submission template in Microsoft Word.

Presentation Submission Process

Instructions for authors of oral and poster presentations.doc

Once you have completed the template for your presentation, you will need to submit it online. Please follow the instructions for using the online presentation submission system.

Download the Instructions for use of the Online Presentation Submission System

When you click on the link below to submit your presentation, you will first be asked to register your details with the submission system. The password that you choose and your email address will be used to log into the submission system when your presentation is completed and ready to send.

On completion of your presentation submission and having answered all the mandatory questions, your presentation will be assigned a reference number and you will be sent an email confirming receipt of your presentation. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact the Conference Coordinator at abmstaley@verizon.net.

Dates to Remember

  • September 15, 2006: Deadline for receipt of presentations
  • October 30, 2006: Notification of selection
  • Late November 2006: Notification to oral presenters of presentation time
  • February 13, 2007: Deadline for registration and housing of all presenters