Upcoming Live Events

Join us for inspiration and information! At ACT’s live events, leading practitioners and researchers from across the world share their insights with BC parents and professionals.


Managing the Anxious Symptoms of Children and Adolescents with ASD: Practical Strategies

September 27 & 28, 2018 - Vancouver, BC

Judy Reaven, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, University of Colorado

Children and adolescents with ASD are at high risk for developing anxiety symptoms that interfere with functioning at home, school and in the community. Research has shown that children and teens with ASD and anxiety demonstrate significant reductions in anxiety following participation in modified Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) interventions. Facing Your Fears (FYF) is a group CBT intervention for managing anxiety in youth with ASD. Throughout the training, participants will learn about FYF, identify core components of the clinic based FYF program, learn how to modify FYF for teens with ASD and intellectual disabilities, as well as strategies for delivering FYF in school settings. Video examples and interactive small group activities will occur throughout the training

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Setting the Stage for Success: Positive Behavior Support in School, Home and Community

ACT's 1st Annual PBS Conference

October 19 & 20, 2018 - Vancouver, BC & Web Streaming!

Live stream: Watch and participate live from anywhere by registering for web streaming.  All times are Pacific Standard Time.

This two-day conference focuses on pro-actively engaging with educators, families, and communities to “set the stage for success” by using Positive Behavior Support techniques for students with ASD and other special needs.

The focus is on providing practical information, informed by research, addressing: challenging behaviors; providing Tier 1 & 2 PBS to students with autism; involving peers to facilitate social engagement; providing culturally sensitive PBS.

Conference highlights

  • Two internationally-renowned keynote speakers: Dr. Lynn Kern Koegel and Dr. Ilene Schwartz 
  • Twelve presenters contributing to ten thought-provoking presentations
  • Two panel discussions provide opportunities for questions for the live and online audience
  • Networking lunches provide opportunities to connect and continue the conversation
  • Available for web-streaming internationally, or attend in-person at SFU Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver
  • Special group rates of $75/ea for 3 or more people watching via web-streaming on the same screen - a great team-building opportunity for schools and clinics to train staff. Contact us to learn more.
  • BACB-CEU's will be available for in-person attendees, provided by CIRCA, details available shortly.
  • Bursaries for low-income registrants are available.

See all presentation details, presenter bios, and the full schedule

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Introduction to ASD – Practical Applications – POPARD (Vancouver)

October 29 - November 2, 2018 - Vancouver , BC

Kenneth Cole, PhD, RPsych

This 5-day, 30-hour course, taught by the experienced and engaging Dr. Ken Cole, reflects evidence-based practice in teaching students with autism. A pre-requisite for teaching assistants to work with students with autism in many B.C. school districts, this course has been enthusiastically received by classroom teachers, administrators, social workers, SLP’s and OT’s, as well as parents. The focus is on practical hands-on training through instructor demonstration, and individual coaching, and emphasizes the diversity of students with ASD. There is an optional exam for those who require an official POPARD Certificate.

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INVESTing in Girls and Women with ASD

November 2nd, 2018 - Vancouver, BC & Web Streaming!

Dori Zener, MSW, RSW

Live stream: Watch and participate live from anywhere by registering for web streaming.  All times are Pacific Standard Time.

Girls and women with ASD largely camouflage their characteristics in an effort to pass as neurotypical. Due to their difficulties reading social cues, girls and women with ASD are disproportionately victims of bullying, sexual assault and abusive relationships. Mental health challenges such anxiety, depression, panic, eating disorders, ADHD, OCD and addictions often come to the attention of professionals before an ASD diagnosis is given, if at all.

INVEST: Identify Needs, Validate, Educate, Strengthen and Thrive has been developed by Dori Zener based on her extensive clinical experience with women and girls with ASD.

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Past ACT Events

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