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The mission of APBS is to enhance the quality of life of people, across the life-span, by promoting evidence-based and effective positive behavior support to realize socially valid and equitable outcomes for people, families, schools, agencies, and communities.

The Association for Positive Behavior Support is a multi-disciplinary organization made up of professionals (teachers, researchers, university professors, and administrators), family members, and consumers who are committed to the application of positive behavior support within the context of the school, family, and community including across systems (e.g., entire schools, organizations), for small groups, and for individuals with complex needs for support.

APBS is an active body, focusing its attention on dissemination, education, and public policy efforts. It:

  • Serves as an international forum for individuals interested in PBS
  • Hosts a conference every year
  • Supports and promotes the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions
  • Publishes a quarterly newsletter
  • Manages and links websites on PBS practices, systems and examples
  • Engages in policy development around the provision of behavior support
  • Establishes a directory of members to facilitate interaction among individuals interested in positive behavior support practices
  • Works to establish national standards that define competency in the application of positive behavior support
  • Encourages the training of professionals skilled in PBS practices through the development of training materials, and the embedding of PBS content in relevant professional certificate and degree programs
  • Promotes access to state-of-the-art books and literature pertaining to PBS



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