Training and Systems

Systems-level PBS retains the same features described in other sections of this website, with these features being implemented at multiple levels:

  • Engaging multiple stakeholders through collaborative teaming
  • Emphasizing improving quality of life of people and the climate within systems
  • Employing proactive, educative, and functional strategies
  • Assessing variables that may be influencing behavior
  • Conducting ongoing data-based decision making

Effective systems provide appropriate training in PBS, tailored to the participants and circumstances in which practices will be used.  It involves clearly defining skills to be developed, using effective instructional strategies (i.e., examples, prompting, modeling, practice activities, and positive and corrective feedback) and ongoing monitoring to ensure effective implementation. 

Resources for Ensuring Best Practices in Applying PBS
  • APA Ethics Code The American Psychological Association represents educations, researchers, and clinicians around the county.  This link will take you to the current code of conduct and ethical guidelines for practicing psychologists.
  • APBS Standards of Practice - The Association for Positive Behavior Support is a group of people from various backgrounds (families, teachers, practitioners, and many others) that are committed to the application of positive behavior support in various community and program settings.  This paper is the associations standards for practice for positive behavior support implementation.
  • Arc US PBS Position Statement The Arc was established 65 years ago by families of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  This paper is this advocacy organizations position statement regarding the use of positive behavior support.
  • Behavior Analysis Code of Ethics The Behavior Analyst Certification Board oversees the certification of behavior technicians, assistant behavior analysts, behavior analysts, and doctoral behavior analysts.  This link will take you to the current code of conduct and ethical guidelines for certified behavior analyst practitioners.
  • Direct Support Professional PBS Core Competencies (NYS) - New York State Talent Development Consortium (2014). Suggested competencies, skills, example tasks, and suggested time frames for development. Applicable to direct support professionals in PBS (free).
  • PBS Self-Assessment - Hieneman et al. (2014).  Tool for evaluating whether features of PBS are evident for individuals and within systems.
Resources for Making PBS Systems Change
Training Resources for Families and Educators
  • Kansas Mental Health and Positive Behavior Support: Training Materials - KMHPBS (2013). Topic-based video modules and related awareness and application-level materials for family- and community-based PBS, including crossover with school-based support. Designed for practitioners, families, and other stakeholders (free).
  • Basic FBA to BSPPortland State University.  Training series designed for school-based teams to guide completion of FBAs and BIPs that is relevant to community (free).
Training Resources for Professionals
  • Interactive Tutorial on Individual PBS - Hieneman (2017).  Online presentation with interactive features (e.g., quizzes) to introduce PBS using case examples (free).
  • AI Hub - Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Information and materials to learn and apply Active Implementation as a framework for adopting evidence-based practices. Designed in education context but applicable to any organization (free).
  • IABA Positive Practices in Behavioral Support Series - Lavigne, Willis, & Hughes.  Training on positive practices, FBA, reactive strategies, and provisions of quality services offered by the Institute for ABA (for purchase).
Training Resources for Support Staff
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