Positive Behavior Support – A Practical Introduction for Parents & Caregivers

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Brenda Fossett, PhD, BCBA-D

SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver, BC & Web Streaming

Early Bird rate ends March 5th, 2020
Positive Behavior Support – A Practical Introduction for Parents & Caregivers

You can also register by calling us or mail our print form (pdf) .

Level Introductory
For Family Members; Community Professionals; Para-Professionals
Focus Young Children - although the information can be applied to across the age-span
Autism-specific? This workshop is relevant for all neurodiverse children

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About the Event

Parents often assume that difficult behaviors during daily routines, including bed and meal times, are part of their child’s autism and must be endured. This workshop will provide parents and caregivers, including early childhood educators, with a practical overview of Positive Behavior Support (PBS). It will provide an introduction to how PBS strategies can help teach their neuro-diverse children functional behaviors that can make a huge difference in the child’s ability to be included in home, school and community activities and improve the quality of family life.

Core features of PBS include the application of behavioral science (ABA), the use of practical strategies to prevent problem behavior and promote desired behavior, and a focus on improving the quality of life for the individual and those who live with and support him/her. 

The goal of the day is to provide practical information to help parents become aware of what a good standard of PBS service looks like so they can find a behavior consultant who can help them address these important functional skills. Importantly, parents will learn about strategies they can begin using immediately with young children, to prevent problem behavior from developing and to better understand some of the challenges they currently experience with older children.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define Positive Behavior Support
  • Identify common misconceptions regarding PBS
  • Identify common purposes served by problem behavior
  • Identify components of a quality PBS-based intervention
  • Describe common preventative strategies

CEUs for BCBAs will be available for in-person attendees. Details to be announced.

Participant Comments

  • "Truly enjoyed the expertise of Brenda - gave me hope that it will get better and easier in time!" - Parent
  • "Great material and well presented. Brenda did a great job of making the material accessible for parents, but still engaging for professionals." - Professional
  • "This event reaffirmed my belief and renewed my faith that parents can and should be active participants in their child's assessments and intervention." - Professional

About the Presenter

Brenda Fossett, Ph.D., BCBA-D is an inspired teacher who is widely admired for her ability to convey complex concepts to those who work with children and adults with special needs, whether they are educational professionals or parents.  Dr. Fossett has been on faculty in the Applied Behavior Analysis - Autism Department at Capilano University since 2013. Prior to that she was Assistant Professor (Special Education) at the University of Alberta. She is also a certified teacher of the deaf and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Dr. Fossett has extensive clinical experience providing behavioral and educational consultative services to children with ASD, deafness, and other developmental disabilities in home, school, and community settings. Her scholarly and clinical interests include: applied behavior analysis, the implementation of positive behavior support in home and school settings, and educational interventions for deaf children with developmental disabilities. For more information on Dr. Fossett see www.capilanou.ca/abaa/diploma-post-bac/Faculty/

Workshop Schedule

8:30 - 9:00 Check-in
9:00 - 10:15 Session 1
10:15 - 10:30 Morning Break; Refreshments Served
10:30 - 12:00 Session 2
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch; Bring or Buy Your Own
1:00 - 2:15 Session 3
2:15 - 2:30 Afternoon Break; Refreshments Served
2:30 - 3:30 Session 4


Date Parents, Para-Pros & Students Professionals
Early Bird Rate ends March 5th, 2020 $100 $150
Regular Rate ends March 30th, 2020 $150 $200
Late Rate begins March 31st, 2020 $200 $250


ACT fundraises to provide bursaries for low-income participants and/or those travelling from outside their home regions to an event. ACT only provides bursaries prior to registration.  You are welcome to call or email ACT's office (info@actcommunity.ca) for more information. ACT provided over $11,000 in bursaries in 2019 and gratefully accepts donations to our bursary fund to allow us to provide a greater level of support. Donate to our bursary fund.
Learn more about how to register using the ACT event bursary program.

Autism Funding

Parents who receive Autism Funding may use 20% of the total for equipment, books, training and travel costs. ACT's live events are considered eligible expenses by the Autism Funding Branch. Please pay when you register; the Autism Funding Branch will reimburse parents after the event.
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Workshop Location

SFU Harbour Centre
Room 1700 (Labatt Hall)
515 West Hastings
Vancouver, BC & Web Streaming

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Parking is expensive downtown, however this venue is very accessible by public transit. Contact Translink for directions and schedules for the West Coast Express, Skytrain, Seabus and bus routes.

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