Assessing Behavior and Designing Effective Interventions

Please join the Allegheny Intermediate Unit's Training and Consultation Team (TaC) for this virtual training series.

About this Training: This five session series is designed to build internal capacity within schools for staff to conduct Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and develop Positive Behavior Support Plans (PBSPs). The series will guide participants through the steps of the FBA process and Positive Behavior Support Plan development. Strategies for data collection, crisis planning, and intervention implementation with fidelity will also be shared.

Intended Audience: This series is intended for administrators, special education teachers, general education teachers, and other school personnel such as behavior specialists or school psychologists that support students through the development of a Functional Behavior Assessment and Positive Behavior Support Plan process.

  • Participants should plan to attend the full training series as each session connects and builds on the previous.
  • Participants must register for EACH session individually.
  • Act 48 credits will be awarded at the end of the series.
  • There is no cost for these trainings.

Registration and Session Descriptions

Register for EACH session you plan to attend.

All sessions will be held on the second Monday of the month from 9AM -11AM.

Session 1: January 11, 2021 (9:00AM-11:00AM) - Behavior Basics

During this session, participants will review behavior analytic principles and terminology, discuss functions of behavior, and debrief about common pitfalls when conducting Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and designing Positive Behavior Support Plans (PBSPs).

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Session 2: February 8, 2021 (9:00AM-11:00AM) - The Functional Behavior Assessment Process

During this session, participants will be introduced to the components of a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and data collection methods. We will explore the Initial Line of Inquiry tool and discuss how it supports teams in information gathering, defining target behaviors, and identifying additional data needs. Participants will also have the opportunity to work through a FBA Worksheet and other tools to support this work.

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Session 3: March 8, 2021 (9:00AM-11:00AM) - Designing a Function Aligned Positive Behavior Support Plan

During this session, participants will be introduced to the components of a Positive Behavior Support Plan (PBSP). The importance of teaching and practicing replacement behaviors to build up students' skill repertoire will be discussed. The remaining time will highlight various antecedent and consequence interventions and discuss how to select interventions that correspond to the hypothesized function(s) of behavior.

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Session 4: April 12, 2021 (9:00AM-11:00AM) - Crisis Planning

During this session, participants will learn about the stages of crisis and discuss connections to trauma. Time will be spent on understanding staff and student responses during a behavioral crisis. Finally, a template and strategies for developing a crisis plan will be reviewed.

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Session 5: May 10, 2021 (9:00AM-11:00AM) - Linking the PBSP to the IEP & Implementation Fidelity

During this session, participants will learn how to interpret behavior data and write a focused summary of the data as part of the FBA, PBSP, and the present levels of functional performance section of the IEP. Development of measurable and meaningful IEP goals, specially designed instruction (SDI), and how to collect and analyze progressing monitoring data will be shared. Finally, considerations to support effective staffing and implementation fidelity will be shared.

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Contact Information:

Training Content Questions:

Amanda Zimmer amanda.zimmer@aiu3.net

Shanna Bradfield shanna.bradfield@aiu3.net

Crystal Vogtsberger crystal.vogtsberger@aiu3.net

Registration Questions:

Traci Seibert traci.seibert@aiu3.net