Assessing Behavior and Designing Effective Interventions

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

This series is designed to build internal capacity within schools for staff to conduct Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and develop positive behavior support plans (PBSPs). Across three full days all steps of the FBA & PBSP process will be explored. Time will be allotted to discuss function-based interventions, crisis planning and implementation fidelity. Participants will be expected to attend the full series as content connects and builds from one topic to the next.

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.

  • When you register you will be signed up for all 3 days of training.
  • Each day there will be a morning session from 8:30-11:00 AM and an afternoon session from 1:00-3:00 PM.
  • You must attend all days and sessions (AM/ PM) for Act 48 credit. No partial credit will be awarded.
  • Act 48 credits will be awarded at the end of the series.
  • There is no cost for these trainings.

Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Traci Seibert traci.seibert@aiu3.net

Registration and Session Descriptions

Day 1: September 30, 2021: Behavior Basics & The FBA Process

During the morning session participants will review behavior analytic principles and terminology, discuss functions of behavior, and debrief about common pitfalls when conducting FBAs and designing PBSPs. In the afternoon participants will be introduced to the components of a 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.

Day 2: October 14, 2021: What is a PBSP? & Function Based Supports

During the morning 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. In the afternoon participants will learn about various antecedent strategies, divide deeper into the use of replacement behavior skills, and explore considerations when selecting consequence interventions. Emphasis will be placed on selecting interventions that correspond to the hypothesized function(s) of behavior.

Day 3: November 4, 2021: Crisis Planning & PBSP Alignment to IEP Fidelity

During the morning 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. In the afternoon 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. Considerations to support effective staffing and implementation fidelity will be shared.

Contact Information:

Training Content Questions:

Amanda Zimmer amanda.zimmer@aiu3.net

Shanna Bradfield shanna.bradfield@aiu3.net

Carrie Frohnapfel carrie.frohnapfel@aiu3.net

Registration Questions:

Traci Seibert traci.seibert@aiu3.net