The Professional Development Unit provides training, consulting and ongoing support services to professionals, school districts and other agencies seeking access to the latest evidence-based instructional practices for individuals with developmental disabilities. The PDU is a resource to any agency wanting assistance with staff training, coaching, program review, curriculum development and implementation of inclusive programs. The PDU works with the next generation of professionals in special education, applied behavior analysis and related disciplines, providing hands-on experience and expert coaching in inclusive settings. The PDU is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board to provide continuing education opportunities for Board Certified Behavior Analysts. The PDU provides a monthly journal club, speaker series, and workshops designed to help working professionals stay up to date with current research.
The Professional Development Unit offers consultation with schools, agencies, and community settings. Consultation services range in scope to meet your needs and may include:
- Support for individual children
- Program design and curricular development
- Progress monitoring
- Functional behavioral assessments (FBA)
- Behavior intervention plans (BIP).
TRAINING AND COACHING
The Professional Development Unit offers training and coaching opportunities to individuals and teams. These services may include:
- Coaching teams to utilize developmental assessments and curriculum such as Teaching Strategies Gold and the Creative Curriculum
- Implementation of evidence-based intervention strategies, such as ABA programming for children with autism
- Classroom management supports and environmental design
- System change supports
- Mentoring/support for professional learning teams.
The Professional Development Unit offers a wide variety of workshops and conferences and will customize a workshop to meet specific professional needs. Workshops include a variety of activities to enhance the learning experience and offer opportunities for hands-on experience with children in EEU programs. Workshops are offered at the Haring Center or at outside locations. Clock hours for teachers and BCBA continuing education units are offered for all our workshops if requested ahead of time.
- Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). This workshop can be individualized to meet specific staff development needs. Topics may include an introduction to ABA, Integrating ABA in your Classroom, and Providing ABA in your program design. Levels include beginner to advanced.
- Assessment and Goal Development
- Autism Awareness
- Embedded Instruction: Building Blocks for Including Young Children with Special Needs in the Classroom
- Effective Programming for Birth to Three Services and Preschool Services
- Evidence Based Instructional Strategies for Early Childhood Programs
- Executive Function Disorders and Effective Programming
- Extended Day Preschool Programs: Effective Programming for Children with Autism
- Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans designed for Practical Classrooms
- Inclusive Programming
- Positive Behavior Support and Environmental Strategies
- Progress Monitoring for Dynamic Classroom Settings
- Social Skills Instruction in the Classroom
The Professional Development Unit’s journal club is an opportunity for behavior analysts to discuss pertinent topics related to the field of applied behavior analysis. Type 2 continuing education units are offered for BCBAs attending this seminar. This group is led by Dr. Ilene Schwartz, Faculty Director of the Haring Center at the University of Washington and meets once each month at the Experimental Education Unit.
The Professional Development Unit, in conjunction with the University of Washington’s College of Education, offers supervision for individuals fulfilling requirements for the BACB© (Behavior Analyst Certification Board). This supervision is offered for the intensive practicum experience and may be completed within three quarters or one year. The Haring Center will provide supervision to meet an individual’s professional needs for becoming a qualified behavior analyst.