Day 1: Wednesday, March 17

8:30am- 9:00am: Networking- Time to Connect

9:00am-10:45am: Welcome, Introductions, & Opening Keynotes


Opening Keynote

The Inclusion Solution

Speaker: Hallie Murray

The Inclusion Solution is a presentation focused on how we can all implement inclusive practices in our daily lives and communities to equip people with empathy and understanding to better ensure people with Autism are able to thrive. This keynote will focus on the speaker’s personal experiences as a woman with Autism and tools and practices that will make our communities truly inclusive for people with Autism and other disabilities. This presentation will also emphasize the small steps each of us can take to empower Autistic people, including listening to their perspectives, empowering them by holding them to a high standard of value and worth and by fostering a community paradigm shift- from seeing Autism as a burden to seeing it as a different perspective.

We’ve designed the conference with three tracks for different audiences (General, Mental Health, and BCBA). During the concurrent breakout sessions, you can choose to stick with a single track for the full day or mix and match sessions of interest.

Breakout Session 11:00am-12:15pm

Session 1A - General Track

AIM for Reading Success: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners

Speaker: Nicci Dowd & Cindy George

Session 1B - MH Track

Trauma and Resilience – Bouncing Back Into Success

Speaker: John Richardson Lauve

Session 1C — BCBA Track

Ethical Considerations Facing Behavior Analysts in the Public School Setting

Speakers: Daria Lorio-Barsten, BCBA, Daniel Irwin, Selena Layden, BCBA, Lauren Vetere, & Danis Urban

12:15pm-1:15pm: Pack-a-Lunch + Pop by Exhibitors & Sponsors

Breakout Session 1:30pm-2:30pm

Session 2A - General Track

Energizing Your Profession

Speaker: Ricketa McCray

Session 2B — MH Track

Fostering Autistic Success in College & Beyond

Speaker: Hallie Murray

Session 2C — BCBA Track

Parents as the Center of the Treatment Team

Speaker: Kristina Turner, BCBA

Breakout Session 2:45pm-4:00pm

Session 3A - General Track

Providing Trauma Informed Care in Home and School

Speakers: Denise Powers, Kathy Ryan, & Keith Cartwright

Session 3B — MH Track

Urban Trauma 101

Speaker: Daryl McGraw

Session 3C - BCBA Track

An Autism School: Transition to Special Ed Teaching in a COVID Environment

Speakers: Kasey O’Neil, Brittany Leggett, Hollie Rhodes, BCBA, & Sunshine Selby

Day 2: Thursday, March 18

Breakout Session 9:15am-10:30am

Session 4A - General Track

Teaching Self-Determination Skills

Speaker: Deborah Hammer

Session 4B — MH Track

Launching into Adulthood:Supporting Families in the Transition to Independent Living

Speakers: Sarah Sheppard & Craig Simmons

Session 4C — BCBA Track

Systemic Solutions to Common Ethical Violations in Behavior Analytic Practice

Speakers: Shantel Pugliese, BCBA & Adam Warman, BCBA

Breakout Session 10:45am-12:00pm

Session 5A - General Track

Blind Spots in American Education: Empowering Students and Educators through Behavioral Science

Speaker: Kimberly Berens, Ph.D.

Session 5B - MH Track

Independent Housing Resources

Speaker: Marie Fraticelli 

Session 5C — BCBA Track

Understanding the Impact of Culture in Behavior Analysis: Ethical Considerations in Treatment 

Speaker: Brian Conners, BCBA

12:15pm-1:00pm: Pack-a-Lunch + Pop by Exhibitors & Sponsors


Closing Keynote

Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Treatment of Individuals with ASD and Comorbid Psychiatric Disorders

Speaker: Brian Conners, BCBA

Behavioral challenges and comorbid psychiatric conditions are common among individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Belardinelli, Raza, & Taneli, 2016).  Often when individuals with ASD have comorbid psychiatric disorders the treatment planning can be more complex and there will be multiple service professionals involved in the plan of care for these clients.  Therefore, this workshop will focus on the behavior analyst’s role in serving on an interdisciplinary team along with their ethical, professional, and legal responsibilities to providing behavior analytic treatment.  Participants will also develop an understanding of current research literature on ASD and comorbid psychiatric disorders, as well as treatment planning and interventions for these clients.

2:30pm-3:00pm: Q&A with Hallie and John

2:30pm- 4:00pm: Networking- Time to Connect