20th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support. March 29-April 1, 2023, Jacksonville, FL

Call for Papers

The APBS Call for Papers is Now Closed

The Call for Papers for the 20th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support is open! As you prepare your presentation proposal, please consult the Guide for Submitting a Successful APBS International Conference Presentation Proposal and Scoring Rubric for APBS Conference presentation proposals. Watch this video produced by the APBS Student Network for tips and tricks on submitting a successful proposal.

Presenters should consider submissions that address some targeted topics including:

  • policies that impact positive behavior support including Every Student Succeeds Act, Medicaid, etc.,
  • alignment of PBIS with other initiatives such as trauma informed practices, mental health, restorative justice, etc.
  • culturally responsive positive behavior support practices,
  • practical applications of positive behavior support in school and classroom settings,
  • the role of various disciplines or personnel in positive behavior support implementation, and
  • collaborations between families, schools, agencies and communities.

The APBS Training & Education Committee would encourage presenters to consider submitting a symposium with 3-4 speakers on a relevant topic. High quality symposium submissions will be given strong consideration for acceptance.

Important Dates for APBS 2023 Presenters

Dates to Remember

  • Deadline for receipt of presentations – September 9, 2022
  • Notification of selection* - Late October 2022
  • Online publication of APBS 2023 Draft Agenda with presentation times – Mid December 2022
  • Deadline for registration and housing of all presenters – March 3, 2023
  • Deadline for APBS 2023 Conference registration – March 18, 2023

*If you do not receive notification by email at that time please contact Ilene Page.

Presentation Types

The APBS Conference Committee will be accepting submissions online for five types of sessions: Single-Presentation, Multi-Presentation, Panel Discussion, Ignite Session, and Poster Session. The Ignite Session will be organized by the APBS Conference Committee based on the submissions received through the call for papers. Please review the Guide for Submitting a Successful APBS International Conference Presentation Proposal for detail on session types and the submission process.

  • Single Presentation Sessions are 60-minutes in length and will occur at various times during the conference on March 30th & 31st. Single Presentation Sessions can include one or more presenters that address topics relevant to Positive Behavior Support and inform research, policy, and/or practice. Information should be based on sound evidence and support data-based decision making.

  • Multi-Presentation Sessions are 60-minutes in length and will occur at various times during the conference on March 30th & 31st. Multi-Presentation Sessions are comprised of two (2) to three (3) presentations on a topic or related topics relevant to Positive Behavior Support followed by allotted time for Q & A. This type of session will be organized by the multiple authors/presenters and submitted as one session. Multi-Presenter Sessions may include a discussant, a final speaker, who highlights and synthesizes the primary themes of the presentations to advance the topic. Note: Multi-Presenter Sessions will be given priority for acceptance and scheduling.

  • Panel Discussions are 60-minutes in length and will occur at various times during the conference on March 30th & 31st. Panel Discussion sessions are organized by a chair who moderates the presentation. Panel discussions offer rich audience interaction with three to four panelists speaking about a particular theme or topic relevant to Positive Behavior Support. Panelists may include brief introductory remarks about the topic but should not include lengthy presentations. Time is allotted for questions from the audience to the panelists.

  • Ignite Sessions are 60-minutes in length and will occur at various times during the conference on March 30th & 31st. Ignite sessions are a series of short 8–10-minute presentations presented in rapid-fire format with up to 6 speakers. Ignite sessions are grouped together by the Conference Committee based on content. Ignite sessions can be either Research, Practitioner, or Policy focused.

    • Research. Series of short 8–10-minute presentations in succession on research studies, projects, and innovative ideas focusing on the field of Positive Behavior Support.
    • Practitioner. Series of short 8–10-minute presentations on practical concepts, ideas, and applications of Positive Behavior Support in authentic settings.
    • Policy. Series of short 8–10-minute presentations on guidance that provides support for application of Positive Behavior Support principles and strategies across agencies, institutions, and groups.
  • Poster Presentations will be presented in conjunction with the conference reception, Thursday, March 30th from 6:30 – 8:00pm. Posters are visual presentations that provide opportunities to share research projects and results related to topics in Positive Behavior Support or applications of Positive Behavior Support in authentic situations and outcomes. Presenting authors are available during the session to discuss their work and answer questions. Each presentation is provided with an 8' x 30" table. Presenters are provided with a 36" x 48" presentation board on which to display a summary of the presentation will be furnished for every accepted presentation.

Author Submission Limitation

To provide attendees with a broad array of presenters and presentation topics, the APBS Conference Committee will limit the number of peer-reviewed proposal submissions to two (2) by one lead author. An author can be the lead presenter on one oral presentation (e.g., See Presentation Types - Single Presentation, Panel Discussion, or Ignite Session) and one poster presentation or a co-presenter (second or later author) on one other submitted presentation. For example you could be a lead author on a Single Presentation and a second or later author on a Panel Discussion. The lead author cannot be a lead presenter on two oral presentations (single, multi, or panel) or two poster presentations.

NOTE: Keynote, Featured, Invited, Workshop, and Multi-Presentation sessions do not count toward the submission limit.

Audiovisual Equipment for Presenters

Presenters for in-person oral sessions (e.g., Single-Presentations, Multi-Presentations, Panel Discussions, and Ignite Sessions) are provided with a screen, LCD projectors and microphone (where needed). Laptops are the responsibility of the presenter. If you need to rent a laptop for your presentation, please download the AV Price Guide and order form and return to the appropriate party (specified on the forms). Please keep in mind that rented equipment is at the expense of the presenter.

Poster presenters are not supplied with any audiovisual equipment or electrical access. Those requiring audiovisual equipment are responsible for their own equipment or working with the hotel AV staff at their own cost. Additionally, electrical access can be obtained by the presenter directly through the hotel at their own cost.

CEU Information


APBS encourages proposals that are eligible to provide BCBA Type 2 CEUs and NASP CPDs.

Behavior Analyst Certification Board-Authorized Continuing Education Provider

BCBA Type 2 CEU qualifying sessions require that a presenter meets the requirements to instruct for BCBA CEUs, that content of the presentation extends beyond the current BCBA Task List/BCaBA Task List and coursework required for sitting for certification exams, and be behavior-analytic in nature.

NASP Approved Provider-Ensuring High Quality Professional Development

NASP CPD qualifying sessions require the presenter(s) to have training and/or experience qualifying them as experts in the subject matter, content aligns with the NASP Domains of Practice, and the instructional level is appropriate for credentialed school psychologists.

You will have an opportunity during the submission process to indicate if you are interested in having your presentation considered as a BCBA Type 2 CEU or NASP CPD session.

Student Poster Awards

There will be two scholarships awarded for students who present scholarly work at the Reception/Poster Session. Awards will be given to students who present original research or original research-based practitioner or teacher education information. If the only entries to the contest fall into the research-based or practitioner/teacher education category, then two awards shall be presented within that single category to ensure that two awards are delivered per year.

To be considered for the APBS Student Poster Presentation Award presenters must: (1) be an APBS Student Member (2) be present and set-up 30 minutes prior to the start of the Reception/Poster Session; and (3) visibly post their APBS generated Poster Session sign.

APBS 2023 Strands

During the submission process you will be asked to select the topic area or areas that best represent your submission.

  • Early Childhood: The Early Childhood strand includes presentations about systems change efforts, research, evidence-based practices, and case study presentations related to young children (birth through age 5) and PBS implementation
  • Integration and Alignment: Presentations in this strand provide frameworks for integrating and aligning systems of support (e.g., academic and behavior MTSS supports, positive behavior supports and mental health systems, juvenile justice) to enhance student success and interagency collaboration and cooperation.
  • Individual Students and Tier 3: This strand emphasizes the use of PBS principles and technology to support individual students within a school setting. The focus is on one or more specific students, rather than the school system.
  • Classroom: Presentations in this strand focus on how the principles and technology of PBS are implemented within classroom settings for students with or without disabilities.
  • Tier 2: Presentations in this strand focus on delivering interventions to individuals who require targeted supports in addition to universal supports and are at risk for developing more serious challenging behavior.
  • School-Wide Systems (Tier 1): 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 principles and technology across multiple schools in districts and states.
  • Equity: Presentations in this strand focus on applying PBS principles and technology to support a fair and inclusive educational system that results in higher student achievement, increased quality of instruction, improvement of low-performing schools, and/or better outcomes for students from diverse circumstances.
  • Home and Community: Presentations within the home and community strand focus on how the principles and technology of PBS are implemented across the lifespan in a variety of settings such as home, community centers, adult employment, residential settings, eldercare facilities, etc.
  • IDD: Presentations in this strand will highlight the application of PBS principles and technology to support children and/or adults with IDD in settings outside of school (e.g., home, community). An intellectual disability is characterized by limitations in intellectual functioning and difficulties in a variety of everyday social and practical skills. A developmental disability is attributed to a cognitive or physical impairment that results in limitations in areas such as self-care, language, and mobility. The term IDD covers a broad range of disorders and syndromes.
  • Families and Parent Supports: Presentations in this strand highlight working in partnership with parents and other family members when implementing PBS in school, home, and community settings. Presentations may be focused on how professionals can understand, support, and include the family perspective when serving families, or, be aimed at helping parents and family members learn to understand and implement PBS with their family members and in their community.
  • Mental Health: The presentations in this strand focus on physiological or neurological issues, health, quality of life and well-being. In addition, presentations are included that describe how PBS principles and technology are implemented within mental health settings.

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.

Workshop Protocol for the APBS Conference

Pre- and post-conference workshops (half- and full-day sessions requiring attendees to pay an extra fee beyond standard conference registration) are invited presentations. The Conference Committee actively identifies and recruits national people who are experts on specific topics. If you are interested in presenting a pre- or post-conference workshop at a future International APBS Conference (i.e., after 2023), please follow these directions.

  1. Please submit a proposal for an oral presentation through our Call for Papers site.
  2. If the proposal is accepted, you will receive an email notification. After getting the notification, please contact our Meeting Planner, Ilene Page ilene.page@apbs.org to let her know that you wish to present the topic as a workshop at the following year’s conference.
  3. During the Conference in which you will be presenting the oral topic, Ilene will arrange for at least one Conference Committee board member to attend your presentation.
  4. If the board member agrees that your session would be a valuable workshop at a future conference, a recommendation will be made to the Conference Committee.
  5. The Conference Committee will meet to discuss the recommendation and in keeping with the needs and desires of conference attendees related to topics of interest, will come to consensus on a decision.
  6. The Conference Committee will contact you via email to let you know of their decision.
  7. If the Conference Committee agreed that your topic should be presented in a workshop format, you will receive an invitation to present the topic as a workshop for the next annual International APBS Conference.

Formatting Your Submission

Before submitting your presentation online, please review the following guidelines and review the Guide for Submitting a Successful APBS International Conference Presentation Proposal for more detail:

  • If the focus of your presentation is to showcase a product (materials, books, videos, or consultation services) for sale, the appropriate forum is our exhibitor section. You may not conduct a presentation with the purpose of marketing or selling your product. Exhibitor tables are available in a specific high traffic area of the conference on both Thursday and Friday (March 30 & 31). Information on becoming an APBS exhibitor is available here. Note- The APBS Conference Committee will respond to reports of presenters selling materials, books, videos, or consultation services by excluding such presenters from future conference presentations.
  • 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 and 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.

APBS is committed to the use of bias-free language throughout all correspondence including the website, conference media, and any business emails. This means that presenters must use bias-free language when submitting conference proposals including titles, abstracts, and session descriptions. Bias-free language honors the preference of the community, individual, and/or families and can include either identify-first language (e.g., autistic person) or person-first language (e.g., person with autism). Please see this APA resource for further guidance.