page-heading-pdu

The Professional Development Unit provides consulting, coaching, workshops and seminars, and BCBA supervision 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 school or 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 any educational context with an emphasis on how to build more 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.

Consulting

We provide unique consulting services because of our blend of educational specialists and behavior analysts. When working with us, professionals learn how to implement evidence-based practices, building quality classrooms and programs. Our services range in scope to meet your needs and include, but are not limited to:

  • Support for individual children, including hands-on training to staff
  • Program review for individual students and whole school programs
  • Development and support with individualized educational programs (IEP)
  • Program design and curricular development
  • Progress monitoring support and management

Coaching

We provide practice-based coaching based on the model developed by the Haring Center’s National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning. Our coaches will meet with your teachers to plan individual goals and action steps, engage in focused observation, and reflect on and share feedback about teaching practices. Our coaching is a collaborative model that works to improve the quality of teaching and student achievement. Our coaches are experts in providing evidence-based practices for children with developmental disabilities and early childhood education can provide support with:

  • Preschool curricular-based assessments such as: Teaching Strategies GOLD and the Assessment, Evaluation Programming System (AEPS)
  • Preschool curriculum such as Creative Curriculum and the AEPS
  • Assessment of teacher-child interactions using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)
  • Implementation of applied behavior analysis (ABA) in classrooms for children with autism
  • Classroom management supports and environmental designs
  • Support with inclusion of children with developmental disabilities in early childhood and elementary education classrooms

Workshops and Seminars

Our team of experts includes educational specialists and behavior analysts and therefore, we offer a variety of workshops and presentations and can customize a workshop to meet your professional needs. Our workshops include activities to enhance the learning experience and offer opportunities for hands-on training with children in our programs or follow up training in your classrooms and programs. Workshops are offered at the Haring Center or at your location. Clock hours for teachers and BCBA continuing education units may be are offered for our workshops if requested ahead of time.

Workshop Topics:

  • 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:
  • This workshop includes information about curricular-based assessments and development of goals for individuals with developmental disabilities.

  • 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 for Diverse Classrooms
  • Positive Behavior Support and Environmental Strategies
  • Progress Monitoring for Dynamic Classroom Settings
  • Social Skills Instruction in the Classroom

We also offer seminars such as Journal Club. Our Journal Club is an opportunity for behavior analysts to get together 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 Ilene Schwartz, Director of the Haring Center and meets once each month during the school year.

BCBA Supervison

We provide 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. Our goal is to provide supervision to meet an individual’s professional needs for becoming a qualified behavior analyst.

Our supervision program offers a three-tiered training approach that incorporates the BACB© task list:

  • Tier 1 fulfills requirements as an interventionist, covering basic behavior-analytic skills defined in
    the first section of the BACB© task list.
  • Tier 2 fulfills requirements related to program managing and working with clients, as defined in
    the second section of the task list.
  • Tier 3 provides support for foundational knowledge leading to excellence as a BCBA provider.

Upon completion of this supervision program, BCBA candidates will have a thorough understanding of the concepts listed in the BACB© task list and will be prepared to sit for the certification exam.