Assoication for Positive Behavior Support. 7th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support. March 25-27, 2010 St. Louis MO. The Expanding World of PBS: Science, Values and Vision

Call for Papers

Call for Papers

The APBS Conference Committee invites you to submit a presentation for the 7th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support, March 25 - 27, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch. The theme is "The Expanding World of PBS: Science, Values, and Vision".

The Call for Papers has Closed!

Notification of selection will be sent by email at the end of October. If you do not receive notification at that time,please contact Ilene Page

Dates to Remember

  • September 10, 2009: Deadline for receipt of presentations
  • Late October, 2009: Notification of selection
  • Late December 2009: Notification to oral presenters of presentation time
  • February 19, 2010: Deadline for registration and housing of all presenters

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 a Strategies/Tools, Conceptual, or Research based presentation

  • Oral presentations are 75 minutes in length and will occur at various times during the conference on March 25th and 26th. 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 discussion all focused around a topic area (e.g., interventions for individuals diagnosed with autism).

  • Posters will be presented in conjunction with the conference reception. Each presentation is provided with an 8' x 30" table. A 36" x 48" presentation board on which to display a summary of the presentation will be furnished on request. Poster presenters are not supplied with any audiovisual equipment or electrical access. Those requiring audiovisual equipment should refrain from requesting the poster only or poster preferred formats on the submission form. Electrical access can be obtained by the presenter directly through the hotel.

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/individuals at risk, and strands that cross multiple areas. Pick a topic within one or more of these general areas.

  • School-Related

    • Academics - Presentations in this strand demonstrate how PBS affects the academic success of students and response to intervention, a systems approach for preventing academic failure and promoting student success. Particular emphasis is placed on integrating efforts focused on academic achievement within a comprehensive system of positive behavior support

    • Classroom - Presentationsin this strand focus on how the principles and technology of PBS are implemented within classroom settings.

    • Individual Students - This strand emphasizes the use of PBS to support individual students within a school. The focus is on one or more specific students, rather than the school system.

    • School-wide Systems - Presentations in this strand highlight current work in school-wide positive behavior support. Emphasis is placed on efforts to "scale-up," implement and sustain PBS across multiple schools in districts and states

  • Developmental Disabilities/Individuals at Risk

    • Autism Spectrum Disorder and Aspergers Syndrome- Presentations in this strand highlight best practices in supporting individuals within Autism Spectrum Disorder/Aspergers Syndrome. Some presentations highlight empirical findings; others focus on technical assistance or model demonstrations

    • Community - Presentations in this strand will address the application of PBS in diverse community environments for individuals with and without disabilities. Particular emphasis may be placed on evaluating a complex community system and the impact of PBS

    • Early Intervention - The Early Intervention strand includes systems change efforts, research, and case study presentations related to young children and PBS implementation

    • Individual Supports -The Individual Supports strand includes presentations that focus on implementing PBS plans with children and adults in work, home and community settings

    • Positive Behavior Supports for Adults - Presentations designed to highlight positive behavior supports for adults to live, work, and be a member of their community

  • Cross-Area

    • Multi-cultural - This strand describes the implementation of PBS in other countries. Also included are presentations that are related to cultural diversity and PBS implementation in the United States

    • Families - Family members interested in how PBS is implemented within home and community settings will find a variety of useful presentations in this strand

    • Mental Health - The presentations in this strand focus on physiological or neurological issues, health, and well-being. In addition, presentations are included that describe how PBS is implemented within mental health settings

    • Training - This strand focuses on strategies for supporting professionals, family, and community members effectively as they learn to implement PBS

    • Ethics, Policy and Best Practice in PBS - This strand has emerged based upon submissions from presenters. The topics covered in this strand include important issues related to best practice and fidelity of positive behavior support facilitation.

    • Individual Students - This strand emphasizes the use of PBS to support individual students within a school. The focus is on one or more specific students, rather than the school system

    • Positive Behavior Support and High Schools - While Positive Behavior Support Strategies have been found to be effective across a number of educational environments, the application of the approach in high school settings presents some unique challenges. These presentations will address some of those challenges

    • Research Topics and Grant Writing - This strand is specifically designed to share information about research efforts in PBS and how to write federal grants for PBS research

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

Formatting Your Submission

Before submitting your presentation online, please review the following guidelines

  • Title: Enter the FULL TITLE of your abstract EXACTLY as it appears in your proposal. This will be used for printing in the final program and on the website schedule. The title of your presentation should be no more than 12 words. Please capitalize the first letter of each word and do not put a period at the end of the title. Your title should be as descriptive as possible; it should give attendees a good idea about your topic.

  • Abstract: Can be cut pasted into the submission site from a Word document - limit 450 words

  • Summary: Please provide a 35-word summary. It will be included in the Conference Program and the website Agenda.

Presentation Submission Process

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 Ilene Page