19th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support. April 13-16, 2022


Who Should Attend?

  • Administrators
  • Behavior Analysts
  • Behavior Specialists
  • Counselors
  • Early Interventionists
  • Educators/Special Educators
  • Family Support Personnel
  • Parents/Family Members
  • Psychologists
  • Researchers
  • Social Workers

Download a sample letter to request approval from your organization to attend the 19th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support. View the PDF version of this document here.

Conference Strands

The 19th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support will feature over 200 oral presentations, posters, pre-conference and skill-building workshops highlighting empirical findings, assessment and intervention methods, current topics, and other aspects of Positive Behavior Support. Presentations and workshops will focus on topics including:

  • 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 positive behavior support 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 positive behavior support 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 and Tier 2: Presentations in this strand focus on how the principles and technology of positive behavior support are implemented within classroom settings for students with or without disabilities or for groups of students who need more support.
  • 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 positive behavior support principles and technology across multiple schools in districts and states.
  • Equity: Presentations in this strand focus on applying positive behavior support 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 positive behavior support 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 positive behavior support 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 positive behavior support 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 positive behavior support 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 positive behavior support principles and technology are implemented within mental health settings.

Conference Objectives

APBS Conference participants will be able to:

  1. Gain an understanding of research-based strategies that combine applied behavior analysis and biomedical science with person-centered values and systems change to increase quality of life and decrease problem behavior;
  2. Identify practical applications of positive behavior support in a variety of places including schools, early childhood, mental health, child welfare settings, and in organizations that provide services to adults with intellectual or other disabilities;
  3. Describe the most current, state-of-the-art research on positive behavior support for a variety of populations and settings;
  4. Expand explicit knowledge about the field of positive behavior support that promotes questioning about the field and its aims and methods;
  5. Expand their perspective on problems/goals and positive behavior support intervention strategies by enhancing knowledge (unspoken understandings) about the field of positive behavior support; and
  6. Enhance understanding about the key components and related considerations in the positive behavior support process from an individual to systems level perspective.

Conference Hotel

One Market Place
San Diego, CA 92101

Single/Double - $215
Triple - $240
Quad - $265

Hotel Booking link: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/SANRS/G-APBS

Hotel Website: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/california/manchester-grand-hyatt-san-diego/sanrs?src=corp_lclb_gmb_seo_sanrs

CEU Information

BCBA Type 2 Credits

Credits other than those noted below will not be offered at the conference this year.

A Certificate of Attendance will be available at the end of the conference for those wishing to submit contact hours to your professional development organization. The Certificate will be emailed to all conference attendees along with their post conference survey

Permission is being sought for Board Certified Behavior Analysts (Type 2 credits from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board).

BCBA Credits will be offered at a flat rate of $50 for APBS Members and $75 for Non- Members – information about receiving credits will come soon.

A list of sessions approved for BCBA credits will be posted here closer to the conference.


APBS 2022 Conference Schedule-at-a-Glance

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
11:00 am - 6:00 pmRegistration/Information
1:00 pm - 5:00 pmPre-conference Workshops
(Pre-registration required at an additional fee)
Thursday, April 14, 2022
7:00 am - 6:00 pmRegistration/Information
7:30 am - 5:00 pmExhibits Open
8:00 am - 9:15 amWelcome/Opening/Keynote
9:45 am - 11:00 amSession A
11:15 am - 12:30 pmSession B
12:30 pm - 1:45 pmLunch on your own
1:45 pm – 3:00 pmSession C
3:15 pm - 4:30 pmSession D
4:45 pm – 6:00 pmSession E
6:30 pm - 8:00 pmReception and Poster Session
Friday, April 15, 2022
8:00 am - 5:00 pmRegistration/Information
8:00 am - 4:00 pmExhibits Open
8:30 am - 9:45 pmSession F
10:00 am - 11:15 amSession G
11:30 am - 12:45 pmSession H
12:45 pm - 2:00 pmLunch on your own
2:00 pm - 3:15 pmSession I
3:30 pm - 4:45 pmSession J
Saturday, April 16, 2022
8:00 am - 9:30 amRegistration/Information
8:30 am - 12:30 pmHalf-day Workshops
(Pre-registration required at an additional fee)
8:30 am - 4:30 pmFull-day Workshops
(Pre-registration required at an additional fee)
Exhibitor Schedule
Wednesday, April 13
3:00 pm - 5:00 pmExhibitor Registration and Tabletop Set-up
Thursday, April 14
7:30 am - 5:00 pmExhibits Open
Friday, April 15
8:00 am - 4:00 pmExhibits Open
4:00 pm - MidnightExhibitor Dismantling

NOTE: All tabletop displays should be set up prior to 5:00 pm Wednesday