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Annual Conference

2021: Vision for the Future  |  March 17th & 18th

Established in 2001, our annual conference is Virginia’s first and oldest statewide conference for the latest information on autism and evidence-based interventions. In this, our 19th conference, we will incorporate a broader array of disabilities and mental health disorders.


Day 1

Day 1 Keynote + 3 Sessions


Both Days

Both Keynotes + 5 Sessions


All Access

Both Keynotes + 15 Sessions

plus access to conference recordings until 4/30/21


Professional Discounts

DBHDBS staff, CSB staff, REACH staff and professionals at any organization that provides licensed day or residential day support are eligible for a professional discount. Please contact Nick Fields to get the discount code before registering. You can call Nick at (804) 355-0300 or email him at nick.fields@cahumanservices.org.


Every participant will receive a certificate of attendance. Teachers can use this certificate to earn professional development points (PDPs). Please ask your school administrator for specifics on qualifying for PDPs.


We offer conference scholarships for self-advocates, families and caregivers. For more information about scholarships, contact Nick Fields.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

We are certified as a Type 2 Continuing Education provider by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. If you participate in BACB sessions and meet all BACB standards, you can earn up to 8.5 credits at this conference. When you register for the conference, you’ll be asked whether you want to earn CEUs. If you choose that option, you will need to attend each session in its entirety. At the end of the conference, you’ll be contacted to pay $6/per credit hour. (We accept cash, check and credit cards.)

We are certified as a continuing education provider by the National Association of Social Workers, Virginia Chapter for 1.25 Category I contact hours. When you register for the conference you will need to choose the mental health track. If you choose that option, you will receive a certificate of attendance. It will be your responsibility to reach out to NASW for the CEs. The cost is $7 for NASW members and $12 non-NASW members.

For  more information on either track, please contact Leaora Wagner – leaora.wagner@cahumanservices.org.

Professional Development Points (PDPs)

Every participant will receive a certificate of attendance. Teachers can use this certificate to earn professional development points (PDPs). Please ask your school administrator for specifics on qualifying for PDPs.

Keynote Speakers

Hallie Hovey-Murray

Hallie Hovey-Murray is an attorney, disability advocate, speaker, business owner and author. She is the founder and Director of the Autism Success Foundation (formerly the 1 in 68 Foundation), a Richmond based 501(c)(3) which works to help provide college preparatory resources for high-school students on the Autism Spectrum. She is a 2019 graduate of William & Mary Law School where she was a leadership fellow and a 2016 graduate of Southern Methodist University. In 2019, she was named to the Gamma Phi Beta national 30 under 30 list, and her work as an advocate has been featured in numerous publications, including the Richmond Times Dispatch and Above the Law. In January, she won the title of Miss Chesterfield 2020, and will be competing for the job of Miss Virginia in June.

Currently, she resides in Richmond, Virginia and runs Gordian Partners, LLC, an independent consulting and strategy firm with an emphasis on helping corporations develop public policy. Gordian works on research, writing, white papers, policy strategy and more for companies, startups and nonprofit organizations.

Hallie has also self-published two books; available on Amazon: a memoir, Overcoming Expectations and Sadie Goes to School; a children’s book about a students on the Autism Spectrum attending elementary school for the first time. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, Poppy, baking, running and reading.

Brian Conners, Ed.S, BCBA

Brian Conners, Ed.S, BCBA is a New Jersey Department of Education certified school psychologist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He originally developed the graduate program in Applied Behavior Analysis at Seton Hall University, where he currently serves on their faculty.

He has worked within various sectors as a behavior analyst and consultant including public and private schools, psychiatric hospitals, and community agencies. He also was the former owner and Chief Executive Officer of a nationally recognized Behavioral Health Center of Excellence for four years in private practice. He specializes in providing behavioral treatment to clients with severe developmental disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, and psychiatric conditions.

His clinical areas of expertise include crisis intervention, behavioral assessment, and providing treatment and interventions for clients with the severe problem behaviors of physical aggression and self-injury. He has presented at state and national conferences and has published articles and book chapters in multicultural and diversity issues in behavior analysis, crisis intervention, and restraint and seclusion practices in schools.

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Exhibitor Sponsors

Brian Conners, BCBA, LLC


The Choice Group


Centria Healthcare

Butler Photography

The Science Museum of Virginia

Call for Papers

The call for papers for our 2021 annual conference is closed. Be one of the first to hear when we open the call for papers for next year’s conference.

Conference App

You can find information about speakers, breakout sessions, the conference venue and more on the Cvent Attendee Hub app. It’s free. Here’s how to get started:

  • Download the Cvent Attendee Hub app (see below).
  • Type “CA Conference 2021” into the “Find your event” search bar then choose our conference.
  • Use “CA2021” as the event password.

ADOS-2 Training Program

You can use Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) to evaluate almost anyone suspected of having ASD, from non-verbal toddlers to verbally fluent adults. ADOS-2, the second edition, is the latest version of what was already considered the gold standard for observational assessment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Noha Minshawi-Patterson, Ph.D., HSPP will lead this new, progressive approach to teaching clinical professionals to diagnose autism using ADOS-2 during a virtual training session. We recognize that confidence and expertise come from practice and experience, so in addition to a three-day workshop, this program includes a follow-up booster session. Because of the hands-on, interactive nature of these workshops, participation is limited.

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