Assoication for Positive Behavior Support. The Third International Conference on Positive Behavior Support. March 23-25, 2006. Reno, Nevada. The Expanding World of PBS: Science, Values, and Vision.

2006 APBS Conference Call for Papers!


Use the information below for details on submission requirements, peer review, and presentation types


  1. Proposal submitted by: September 15, 2005
  2. Acceptance/rejection notices mailed by: October 28, 2005
  3. scheduling notices by: November 18, 2005

Guidelines for Proposals

The Main/Primary Presenter is the primary contact person and is responsible for notifying all other participants of acceptance, rejection, scheduling and any other information provided by APBS.

Sessions that address research, practice, applications, issues, and related aspects of positive behavior support are encouraged. We are particularly interested in sessions that contribute to the diverse conference program covering the broad span of topics and concerns related to positive behavior support.

Submission of this proposal is an acknowledgement that all proposal participants agree to: Be available to present the program on any given day of the convention at any given time; not charge a separate fee for attending the program; and not sell any products or services during the program. If your religious beliefs prevent you from working on a particular day, please let us know and we will attempt to honor it. All participants in accepted education session programs must register for the Conference.

Proposal Format

A completed proposal must be submitted electronically by September 15, 2005 and will include the following:

Adherence to the instructions for preparation of the proposal is imperative. Registration and submission for educational and poster sessions is open to all interested in the PBS community. It is incumbent on the presenters to obtain appropriate approval to present their work to this international forum.

Peer Review

Each submission will undergo a peer-review conducted by a panel of qualified individuals in the field. The results of the peer review translate into proposal selections and topic-driven educational sessions for this conference. Selections will be based on quality and practicality of the proposed material and the need for balanced content. All presenters are expected to register for the conference.

Submission Requirements

Primary Contact information - Provide complete contact information for all presenters beginning with the primary author's name, affiliation, full address, telephone and fax numbers and email address followed by all additional presenters and their affiliations.

Names and affiliations of other presenters - All additional presenters of the proposal must be added in the Author Block step of the submission system. Any authors not entered into the system will not appear in conference publications.

Session Title - Sessions titles should be no more than 12 words maximum.

Topic Selection - As part of the submission process, presenters are asked to indicate which of the following topic category that best identifies the focus area of the proposal. Select one of the following

  • Individual PBS in schools
  • School-wide or classroom-wide PBS
  • Typically developing children (including children with ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, learning disabilities)
  • Autism/Asperger's syndrome
  • Developmental disabilities-child focused
  • Developmental disabilities-adult focused
  • Clinical/adult focused (e.g., depression, anxiety)
  • Conceptual-not targeted toward a population
  • None of the above.
  • Identify target population or focus area:_________________

Presentation Preference - The options for this conference are oral only, oral preferred, poster only and poster preferred.

The conference committee has scheduled both oral and poster sessions. The summary of both oral and poster papers are published in the same manner in the Conference Program Agenda.

  • Oral Sessions - The presentation times for oral sessions are 75 minutes
  • Poster Sessions - Poster sessions are scheduled to provide an opportunity for selected papers to be presented in greater visual detail and should facilitate vivid discussions with attendees. For poster sessions, 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 paper. Presenters must remain in the vicinity of the bulletin board for the duration of the session (90 minutes) to answer questions. Note that poster presenters are not supplied with any audiovisual equipment. Those requiring such equipment should refrain from requesting the poster only or poster preferred formats on the submission form.

35-word Session Description- This description should be a brief summary of the proposal topic. If the proposal is accepted, this 35-word abstract will be included in the Conference Program Agenda.

3-page Session Content Plan - The 3-page Session Content Plan is a summary of the presenter's work. The summary should not exceed 3 pages and must be typed with the page layout template set to 8 ½ " x 11". Within 3-pages, the presenter's must include information essential to the review process of submission as well as all drawings, tables, photographs, drawings, figures and references. The plan should include:

  • session topic
  • detail on content that will be provided
  • how the session contributes to best practice
  • How the content will be presented.
    • Data-based presentation
    • Conceptual presentation (theoretical)
    • "how-to"/skill-building presentation

The title of the talk and the primary author's name, affiliation, address, telephone and fax numbers and email address must appear on the first page with all additional authors and their affiliations. The 35-word abstract should be repeated in the summary. Refrain from the use of asterisks, acknowledgments, job descriptions or footnotes. Cite references at the end of the summary.

Audiovisual Needs - We will provide an overhead projector and screen or a flipchart with markers in each room, based on the presenter's request. Presenters are responsible for costs incurred for any additional equipment. If your proposal is accepted, we will provide you with information about how to acquire additional audiovisual equipment. You are welcome to bring your own laptop and LCD projector.

For questions regarding the proposal process, please contact Mary Staley at .