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Right from the Comfort of Your Office, Board Room or Living Room!


FLEXIBLE TRAINING DATES AND TIMES! Just choose one set of dates and time for each Module. See the More Information Section, at the bottom of the page, for start times in selected cities (All Dates and Start Times are US Pacific Time).


MODULE 1 Nonaversive Behavioral Support and Basic Principles of Positive Programming

MODULE 2 Comprehensive Functional Assessment and Advanced Support Strategies

MODULE 3 Emergency Management and Reactive Strategies Within a Positive Practices Framework

MODULE 4 Assuring Staff Consistency and the Provision of Quality Services Through the Application of Organizational Behavior Management


Dates in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and other Asian/Pacific areas are 1 day later.

Have a group or need a special time?

If you have a group of 10 or more, we can arrange a time to fit your schedule. Contact John Marshall, jmarshall@iaba.com for more information.


This is an online event. 

Attend this Seminar from the comfort of your Office, Board Room or your Living Room! No travel or overnight expense! Most participants PREFER do do this training online.

Unsolicited Comments

  • "Jo was completely captivating making this topic even more interesting than it already was to me! Her examples made it very easy to imagine how everything plays out in real scenarios. It was a great training!
  • "The many examples that Jo gave for each strategy were very helpful in illustrating how this would work in a real world setting."
  • "Going through the details of the functional analysis of the behavior and how to measure the frequency, duration, and severity of the behavior."
  • "Great explanations and can really see how useful the assessment would be when completed in full depth."
  • "This seminar provided food for thought regarding treatment of specific individuals I serve as well as reinforced that I am on the right track with use of this information."
  • "I liked doing the training online because I felt like the presenter got to know us receiving the training and could do more one on one training vs a whole group we might not have gotten as much out of it."
  • "Listening to Jo's real-life examples helped me to understand the concepts."


John Marshall
Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis
+1 (864) 271-4161
Toll Free (800) 457-5575 (US and Canada)


Seminar Fees

  • Register for all 4 Modules for $500 per person.
  • Individual Modules are $150 per person per module.

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Positive Practices in Behavioral Support
Through Nonlinear Applied Behavior Analysis
A live, fully interactive, web based seminar series introducing an evidenced based model of positive behavioral support

Developed by Gary W. LaVigna, Ph.D., BCBA-D and Thomas J. Willis, Ph.D. 
Presented by Jo Lynne Mullins, M.A., BCBA 

This training is for all...
• Early Intensive Interventionists
• BCBAs & BCaBAs
• Social Workers
• Special Education Teachers
• Educational Psychologists
• Behavior Specialists
• Autism Specialists
• Psychologists
• Occupational Therapists
• Group Home Personnel
• Supported Employment Personnel
• Supported Living Personnel
• Service Directors and Managers
• Parents and Family members
• Any person who provides educational or support services to individuals with reputations
of challenging behavior 

You will learn...
• How to conduct a Comprehensive Functional Assessment
• How to develop a multielement Positive Behavior Support Plan based on a functional assessment
• How to regain rapid and safe control over crisis situations using positive strategies
• How to ensure that the PBS plans that you write are consistently implemented

BCBAs and BCaBAs: 
You can earn 24 Type II CEs for attending this 4-day training (6 CEs per day) | Continuing Education: BCBAs and BCaBAs: Earn 6 CEs per module. IABA® is an approved BACB® continuing education provider (ACE Provider number is OP-02-0027). The Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) does not sponsor, approve or endorse the Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis®, the materials, information or sessions identified herein.

Seminar Leader:
Jo Mullins, MA, BCBA has a Master’s degree in Human Development with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Kansas and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Her thesis described the reduction of challenging behavior in a young boy on the Autism Spectrum using progressive relaxation techniques.

Jo works as a full time trainer for the Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis. In this role she has provided training to professionals throughout the US, Canada, Australia, England and Northern Ireland. Jo is a dynamic and engaging speaker who captivates her audiences with real life examples of the principles of ABA and the application of the IABA’s multielement model.

In her 20+ years at IABA, she has served in many different capacities including both Director and Assistant Director of Youth Services for which she is responsible developing.Youth Services provides support services to children and youth in educational and home settings. She has also served as Co-Director of IABA’s Supported Living Services and Manager of Behavior Services.

About IABA
The Institute for Applied Behavior Analysis® was cofounded in 1981 by Drs. Gary W. LaVigna and Thomas J. Willis. IABA provides supported employment, supported living and youth services to individuals with challenging behavior in California. IABA is committed to providing the most advanced and highest possible quality services in support of people with challenging and complex behavior.

Our goal is to assure the highest quality of life possible for the people we serve by enabling them to live regular lives in natural settings with full, positive and valued community presence and participation. In addition, IABA has become an internationally recognized source for training and consultation in the areas of positive, person-centered behavioral support and total quality assurance systems.

How it works WebEx (webex.com) is a video streaming system that allows you the participant to attend an on-line training program, view and hear the presenter, view the related PowerPoint presentation, AND ask questions if you need further clarification on any concept. It is FULLY INTERACTIVE. Because you are able to participate from the comfort of your own office, board room or living room, you do not need to travel to the venue — this can be a huge savings!

What you need:
• a computer with a sound board (most newer computers already have this installed, if you can listen to music or view a You Tube video, then you have a sound board)
• a microphone (this allows you to ask questions and interact with the speaker, most newer computers have this built-in)
• a webcam (optional, but this allows the presenter and others to see you)
• a high speed Internet connection (like cable or DSL)
• administrator rights to your computer as you may have to download a piece of software from WebEx.
• We will be glad to assist you to determine if your computer and connection will work, just give us a call on (800) 457-5575 or +1 (864) 271-4161 and we will invite you to a “Test” meeting.

Module Descriptions

Module 1:
Nonaversive Behavioral Support and Basic Principles of Positive Programming
In this Module we will provide an overview of a person-centered, non-linear, multi-element model for providing positive behavioral supports and describe in detail the roles that ecology, positive programming and reinforcement play within this model.

Topics Covered:
• Rationale for nonaversive, positive behavioral supports
• An introduction to the multi-element model for providing nonaversive person-centered behavioral supports
• Environmental / ecological change in support of behavior change
• Positive programming: Its role in and methods of supporting behavior change
• Reinforcement / motivational strategies to promote rapid behavior change
• Overview
• Differential reinforcement in support of behavior change
• Stimulus control and stimulus satiation strategies

Objectives | Participants will learn:
• Ways in which a person’s ecology can be used to achieve behavior change
• The rationale behind and methods of implementing Functionally Equivalent
• Functionally Related and Coping Skills
• To use reinforcement strategies to increase desirable behaviors and to reduce challenging behaviors
• How to use reinforcement to reduce but not eliminate certain challenging behaviors through stimulus control

Module 2:
Comprehensive Functional Assessment and Advanced Support Strategies
In this Module we will provide in-depth training in behavioral assessment, functional analysis of behavior and how the qualified professional can use this information to develop positive behavioral support plans. You are encouraged to participate in Module 1 as this Module builds on that information.

Topics Covered:
• An introduction to the multi-element model for providing nonaversive person-centered behavioral supports
• Behavioral assessment
• Purposes of behavioral assessment
• Levels of behavioral assessment
• Methods used when conducting a behavioral assessment
• Overview of information gathered during a behavioral assessment
• Overview of the Behavior Assessment Guide
• Functional analysis of behavior
• Mediator analysis
• Motivational analysis
• Ecological analysis
• Summary and conclusions

Objectives | Participants will learn:
• The four major areas of the person-centered, multi-element model
• The differences between proactive and reactive strategies
• How to define behavior using the following characteristics: topography, cycle, course, strength
• To describe five major components of an Antecedent Analysis
• To identify three major purposes of the Mediator Analysis
• To describe four major categories addressed by the Ecological Analysis
• To describe three methods for determining effective potential reinforcers

Module 3:
Emergency Management and Reactive Strategies Within a Positive Practices Framework
When punishment is no longer used to manage behavior, people ask “What do we do when the behavior occurs?” “What do we do in a crisis?” This Module will provide an overview of emergency management and reactive strategies that might be used as part of a complete non-linear, multi-element support plan. Your participation in Modules 1 and 2 is encouraged as this Module builds on that information.

Topics Covered:
• The context of emergency management: A good support plan is more than just reacting to the problem
• Antecedent control: A description of strategies for preventing crises
• How to react when a problem arises:
• Proximity strategies
• Instructional strategies
• Facilitative / problem solving strategies
• Stimulus change strategies
• Counter-intuitive strategies
• Natural consequences: When and when not to use
• Ignoring: Uses / Abuses / Guidelines
• Capitulation: When is it OK to “give in?”
• Interpositioning or geographical containment: How to use the physical environment to prevent injury
• Recognizing and meeting the emotional needs of staff

Objectives | Participants will learn:
• Effective strategies to avoid consumer injuries, even with the most aggressive behavior
• How to reduce staff injuries and the resulting workers’ compensation claims
• Techniques to avoid situations where challenging behavior can become dangerous
• Nonaversive strategies to regain control over emergency situations without having to resort to
physical management

Module 4:
Assuring Staff Consistency and the Provision of Quality Services Through the Application of Organizational Behavior Management | 
This is the “magic.” Based on the book, The Periodic Service Review, this one day Module on maximizing staff consistency in service implementation utilizing effective staff supervision strategies is a “must-attend” day for everyone who has participated in the previous 3 days and is relevant as well, for members of the management team.

Getting From Paper to Practice: You and participants from your management team will learn a system of quality management to assure effective and efficient implementation of the information provided in Modules 1, 2 and 3. In the previous Modules you will have learned what to do — after Module 4, you will have learned how to get it done. Agencies from across the world report that after they have sent their staff and management teams to this Module they were able to make significant improvements in the quality of services that they provide — “in spite of insufficient resources,” “low wages,” “lack of staff skills,” and “poor staff motivation.”

Objectives | Participants will learn to:
• Operationally define expectations for staff
• Individualize and implement the Periodic Service Review combining the principles of Total Quality Management and Organizational Behavior Management
• Introduce a performance monitoring system that is acceptable to staff
• Design and implement a proven system of staff training
• Individualize and implement the Procedural Reliability System (a system to ensure service integrity)
• Design and implement a combined quality assurance and quality improvement system
• Produce sweeping improvements in service quality