Friday October 3, 2014 from 8:15 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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The Ron Burd Conference Center 
444 Devereux Drive
Villanova, PA 19406

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Kristy Ritvalsky 

Psychologists & Counselors

The Devereux Foundation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists.  The Devereux Foundation maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

 The Devereux Foundation is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and  may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program . 

Participants attending the entire program and completing a program evaluation will receive 5 APA/NBCC continuing education credits.

Social Workers

The American Psychological Association (APA) is a pre-approved provider of continuing education courses and programs for social workers and clinical social workers in Pennsylvania under 049 Pa. Code  47.36.  Social workers attending the entire program and completing the program evaluation form will receive 5 continuing education credits.  Participants from other states are encouraged to talk with their state board to determine if this event meets requirements for continuing education credit for social workers.

Board Certified Behavior Analysts 

The Institute of Clinical Training and Research is approved to offer continuing education CEU’s to BCBA certified members. BCBA members attending the entire program and completing the evaluation will receive 6 Type II CEU’s.



DEVEREUX Center for Effective Schools 


V. Mark Durand, Ph.D

Best Practices in Supporting Families Who 

Have Children with Challenging Behavior 

Workshop Description

AM Session

Functional Communication Training (FCT) is a positive intervention approach in which individuals with challenging behavior are taught specific communicative responses that prevent future displays of their problem behavior. This session will describe the process involved in successfully understanding why individuals engage in behavior problems and show how replacement communication can bring about important and lasting changes in behavior. 

PM Session

Challenging behaviors continue to top the list of concerns for families of persons with intellectual disabilities or ASD. Although we have made impressive gains in helping reduce these problem behaviors, obstacles remain. This session will cover new insights into these obstacles and how families can overcome them and effectively help persons with even the most severe behavioral challenges. The presenter will describe how advances in positive psychology can help caregivers be more effective in their efforts to help those with challenging behavior, and how to help themselves lead happier and less stressful lives. The implications for this new approach on family-teacher partnerships will be described. 

Schedule of Events


8:15 - 9:00 am  Registration/Breakfast


9:00- 9:15 am   Welcome - Dr. Juan Carlos Lopez


9:15 -10:30 am   Functional Communication Training To Reduce                                   Challenging Behavior


10:30 - 10:45 am   Morning Break


10:45 - 12:00 pm  Continuation of Morning Session


12:00 - 1:00 pm    LUNCH


1:00 - 2:30 pm    An Optimistic Approach to Helping Students With                              Challenging Behaviors


2:30 - 2:45 pm    Afternoon Break


2:45 - 3:45 pm  Continuation of Afternoon Session


3:45-4:00 pm    Evaluation Completion

*Note: All Devereux employees and returning attendees please enter your promo code on the registration page. Applicable discounts will not be applied without the necessary code.

Workshop cost includes all workshop materials, breakfast and lunch