12th Annual Conference on Autism & Related Disorders: Research-Based Solutions
April 26, 2019
A one-day conference featuring leading experts in fields of Science, Special Education, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Of Benefit to: Behavior Analysts, Psychologists, Parents & Caregivers, Teachers, School Administrators, Special Education Providers, Speech Therapists, Nurses, LMFTs and LMHCs.
Early Registration Ends 4/1/19*
Onsite & After 4/1/19
|Professional Group (5 or more)||
|Continuing Education credits/units desired: $40 for Each Certificate requested.
Groups: For groups of 15 or more registering, we will offer a discount from early registration fees. All groups need to complete a Group Registration Form. Contact Rebekah Pavlik through firstname.lastname@example.org or (978) 369-2227 Ext. 2. The Center will need all registration information prior to March 31, 2019.
Mary Jane Weiss, PhD, BCBA-D
Mary Jane Weiss, PhD, BCBA-D is a Professor at Endicott College, where she directs the Master’s Program in ABA and Autism. Dr. Weiss has worked in the field of ABA and Autism for almost 30 years. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University in 1990 and she became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2000. She previously worked for 16 years at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers University, where she served as Director of Research and Training and as Clinical Director. Her clinical and research interests center on defining best practice ABA techniques, evaluating the impact of ABA in learners with autism, teaching social skills to learners with autism, training staff to be optimally effective at instruction, and maximizing family members’ expertise and adaptation.
Thomas Zane, PhD, BCBA-D
Dr. Thomas Zane is the Director of Online Behavior Analysis programs in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas. Dr. Zane earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in psychology at Western Michigan University and his doctorate in Applied Behavior Analysis at West Virginia University. He has served as a Post-Doctorate Research Associate at the University of Massachusetts, Professor at Mount Holyoke College, and Johns Hopkins University Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Zane serves on the Executive Board of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, the international organization that represents the field of behavior analysis. He is also a member of the Scientific Council of the Organization of Autism Research, a group that raises money to fund innovative research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Zane has been past President of the Ethics Special Interest Group of the International Association for Behavior Analysis. His research interests include teacher training, learning, evidenced-based practice in autism, and the philosophy of science and radical behaviorism.
Justin Leaf, PhD, BCBA-D
Justin Leaf, PhD, is the Director of Research and Training for Autism Partnership Foundation. Justin received his doctorate degree in Behavioral Psychology from the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas. Currently, Justin leads the research team at Autism Partnership Foundation, which conducts research nationally and internationally. His research interests include examining methods to improve social behaviors for children and adolescents with autism and developing friendships, comparing different teaching methodologies, evaluating parameters of reinforcement, and evaluating long-term outcomes for individuals diagnosed with autism. Justin has over 60 publications in either peer-reviewed journals, books, or book chapters and has presented at both national and international professional conferences and invited events. Justin is an Associate Editor for Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Justin also serves or has served on the editorial board for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, and the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Amanda P. Laprime, PhD, BCBA-D
Dr. Amanda Laprime currently serves as the Assistant to the Executive Director of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies™. She was nominated for this position by the Board of Directors after becoming a member of the first Exceptional Student Group, and then an Advisor to the center. Amanda has completed a variety of projects for the center that have included an overview of the history of CCBS, a history presentation at the 2014 Annual Meeting, and the development of CE’s for the CCBS book, Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery, and Science. Amanda completed her master’s degree at Northeastern University under the guidance of Dr. Gary Pace, and her doctorate at Simmons University (previously Simmons College) under the guidance of Dr. Ron Allen, Dr. Judah Axe, and Dr. Russell Maguire. Amanda currently works as a Program Director at the Center for Children with Special Needs in Glastonbury, CT where she provides leadership to the CCSN Consultation Team and supports program development in educational programs for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities. In addition to her work with the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies™, Amanda has published research in peer-reviewed journals, presented at local and national conferences, and currently serves as a part-time lecturer for Northeastern University, an adjunct faculty at the University of Saint Joseph, and a member of the board of directors for the Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group and the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT).
Richard Kubina, Jr., PhD, BCBA-D
Rick is a BCBA-D, professor of Special Education at The Pennsylvania State University, and author of The Precision Teaching Book.
Rick has a bachelor’s degree (psychology) from Youngstown State University, a master’s and a doctoral degree (special education) from The Ohio State University. Rick has published multiple research articles, books, and book chapters on evidence-based education and measurement of student progress. He also served as the past Editor of the Journal of Precision Teaching & Celeration. Kubina has worked with school districts and charter schools using Precision Teaching, effective practice methods, and other measurably superior educational programs.
Tim Courtney, MS, BCBA
Avoiding Pseudoscientific and Non-Evidence Based Procedures Like Social Thinking® and Social Stories™: Making Correct Ethical Decisions
There are a multitude of social skills interventions propagated for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Most of these interventions have limited empirical evidence demonstrating their effectiveness, fail to meet the standards of evidenced based practices (EBPs), and are pseudo- or anti-scientific. Two of these procedures that are commonly implemented at Social Thinking® and Social Stories™. The purpose of this talk is to provide an overview of what constitutes EBPs and evaluate common interventions with respect to these standards. Additionally, we will evaluate if Social Thinking® and Social Stories™ meet the standards of evidence based practice and empirically supported procedures. Third, we will provide the audience with alternatives that are grounded in science, that have empirical support, and which would be considered an evidence-based practice. Throughout, we will discuss the roles of adhering to ethics when selecting and implementing interventions for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
- The attendees will identify the components that constitute evidence based practices
- The attendees will identify how the ethical code should guide our decisions in selecting interventions for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder
- The attendees will identify three ways how Social Thinking® and Social Stories™ are inconsistent with our ethical code
Tim Courtney is foremost a behavior analyst who is passionate about the science of human behavior. His journey began with a chance meeting with a friend who explained her career as a behavior analyst. Tim was instantly intrigued, as this role was well aligned with his value for effective intervention. Highly motivated, he then quickly completed the coursework requirements to get his Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®) certification. Shortly thereafter, Tim enrolled in the Master of Applied Behavior Analysis program at Florida Institute of Technology. He had the amazing opportunity to work in several diverse settings: public schools, residential programs, center-based programs, and in private and group homes. Tim loved doing clinical work, and he found his calling when he shifted to operations and the system-wide performance of LittleStar. As a result, Tim’s research focus became the practice of behavior analysis — such as how to work with insurance companies — as well as management, supervision and leadership. Right now he’s working on his PhD in Leadership at Benedictine University. When Tim is not working or engaged in work-related reading, he is active in CrossFit and Brazilian jiu-jitsu and enjoys spending time with his wife, three children, grandson and two wonderful labradoodles.
Continuing Education Opportunities
Psychology (Includes Licensed psychologists, school psychologists, and EdDs/educational psychologists) and BACB® CEs.
An additional $40 fee is required for continuing education.
Psychology CE Credits (To be determined): Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC is a co-sponsor of this conference for Continuing Education Credits for Psychologists. Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Orlando Behavior Health Services, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. *Attendees must be present during the entire conference.
BACB® CEs (To be determined): The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies is an approved Type 2 CE Provider by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) and is authorized to offer CE units for this conference.
*It is attendee’s responsibility to check with their State and Professional organization to confirm all CE offerings.
Santa Ynez Valley Marriott Hotel
555 McMurray Road
Buellton, CA 93427
Our special rate of $169.00 (plus taxes) is available April 24 – April 28. Deadline date: March 29, 2019. To get the rate, call 1-888-236-2427 and ask for the “2019 Autism Conference Attendee Rate” OR book online.