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Behavior and Mental Health

Introduction to Positive Behavior Supports

This one-day training will introduce the fundamental principles of positive behavior support to help care providers gain an understanding of the origins of problem behavior. It will include an overview of essential elements of behavior support, the influence of mental health on behavior, development of practical support strategies, and a brief overview of functional assessment. After completing this training, the participant will understand the traditional perspectives that make up Positive Behavior Supports, where problem behavior comes from, how to develop and implement effective expectations for positive behaviors, and how prevention plays a key role in providing support to individuals that display persistent problem behaviors.


Date Duration Time Location
January 4, 2019 1 day 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Arc of Ocean County

815 Cedar Bridge Ave.

Lakewood, NJ 08701

January 7, 2019 1 day 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Arc of Middlesex 219

Black Horse Lane

North Brunswick, NJ 08902

February 6, 2019 1 day 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

220 South Orange Ave.
Livingston, NJ 07039

February 20, 2019 1 day 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Atlantic County Library

Hammonton Branch

451 Egg Harbor Rd.

Hammonton, NJ 08037

March 4, 2019 1 day 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Burlington Department of Human Services 795 Woodlane Rd, Westampton, NJ 08060


Applied Positive Behavior Supports:
Functional Behavior Assessment and Development of Behavior Support Plans

Prerequisite: Completion of Introduction to Positive Behavior Supports

This course builds on Introduction to Positive Behavior Supports.  In many cases, people who engage in persistent patterns of problem behaviors demonstrate complex behaviors that can be difficult to understand.  After completing this 2-day training, the participant will have a basic understanding of how to conduct a multi-component Functional Behavior Assessment to systematically assess these behaviors and identify the underlying function or motivation; and how to use this information to develop effective behavior support and intervention plans. 


Date Duration Time Location
January 18 & 25, 2019 2 day 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Arc of Ocean County

815 Cedar Bridge Ave.

Lakewood, NJ 08701

January 15 & 22, 2019 2 day 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Arc of Middlesex 219

Black Horse Lane

North Brunswick, NJ 08902

February 13 & 18, 2019 2 day 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

220 South Orange Ave.
Livingston, NJ 07039

March 18 & 19, 2019 2 day 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Burlington Department of Human Services 795 Woodlane Rd, Westampton, NJ 08060


Understanding and Addressing the Needs of People with Dual Diagnosis

Recommendation: Completion of Introduction to Positive Behavior Supports

Dual Diagnosis is a term applied to the presence of both intellectual/developmental disabilities and symptoms of a psychiatric disorder. This course will review the basics of assessment, diagnosis, and support for individuals with co-occurring conditions, as well as review how mental illness may contribute to problem behavior. Attendees will be able to identify strategies to coordinate behavior intervention with clinical supports for individuals with dual diagnosis.


This course replaces the former Mental Health Supports Training.


Date Duration Time Location
February 28, 2019 1 day 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Children’s Aid and Family Services

200 Robin Rd.
Paramus, NJ

Adapting Psychotherapy for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


Research shows heavy utilization of pharmacology in the treatment of individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), however, the service community recognizes three major approaches to therapeutic intervention: pharmacology, behavioral intervention, and psychotherapy.  While psychotherapy is acknowledged as a treatment intervention, it is implemented much less often than the use of medication or behavioral intervention. This training will review some of the barriers that have hindered more frequent and effective use of psychotherapy for those with IDD.  Strategies to address these barriers also will be discussed.  These strategies will introduce participants to a variety of approaches that include providing special supports, adapting therapeutic methodology to more effectively meet the needs of individuals, and better integrating these three approaches.


Date Duration Time Location
January 24, 2019 1/2 day 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

The Arc of Gloucester

1036 N Tuckahoe Rd.

Williamstown NJ 08094

February 19, 2019 1/2 day 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM


50 Eisenhower Dr.

Paramus, NJ 07652

March 26, 2019 1/2 day 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Arc of Middlesex 219

Black Horse Lane

North Brunswick, NJ 08902

An Introduction to Psychopharmacology in Autism: Looking at Medication and Behavioral Intervention to Address Challenging Behavior


Many individuals with Autism Spectrum disorders engage in challenging and difficult behaviors, including aggression and self-injury, and medications are frequently used in the effort to treat these behaviors. In many cases these individuals are placed on multiple medications over an extended period of time. This can lead to questions about the necessity of being on medication for an extended period of time, the need for multiple medications, and the impact this having on their health and behavior.


This workshop will provide an introductory overview to the use of medications. The presentation will address key considerations for the use of medication including potential benefits, side effects, and other common concerns. The potential impact of effectively using behavioral strategies and environmental accommodations, along with supporting research, will also be discussed. In order to explore the effective coordination of these strategies, a case illustration will be reviewed, which exemplifies both positive impact and limitations for each of these strategies.


Future dates will be posted soon


Autism and Co-Occurring Anxiety Disorders: A Hidden Challenge in Problem Behavior

Estimates of co-occurring Anxiety Disorders among individuals with Autism range from 15% to 80%. Factors that make this diagnosis difficult and strategies to adapt behavioral supports and treatment to address this co-occurrence will be discussed. This presentation will discuss the importance of looking for signs of anxiety in individuals with ASD, advocating for clinical assessment of these concerns, and looking for ways to adapt daily support planning and behavioral planning in light of the concerns about a potential anxiety disorder. A model for integrating diagnosis and treatment of an anxiety disorder with a Functional Behavior Assessment and Proactive Behavior Support Plan will be presented. Additional strategies for adapting relaxation activities for individuals with ASD and other intellectual and/or developmental disabilities will be discussed.


Future dates will be posted soon

Strategies to Improve the Coordination of Behavior Intervention, Psychiatric Treatment, and Disability Supports

This workshop will provide participants with an overview of the wide variety of treatment and support strategies recommended for individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD) that display challenging behavior.  The presentation will provide a framework for integrating and coordinating supports and interventions across the various intervention and support models including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Positive Behavior Supports (PBS), Dual Diagnosis treatment, and Person-Centered Planning.  This training will address the relationship between ABA and PBS, the association between clinical/psychiatric treatment and the implementation of behavior support plans, and discuss the need to provide supports related to the IDD while providing intervention across all of these modalities. 


Date Duration Time Location
February 6, 2019 1/2 day 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM The Arc of Essex County
123 Naylon Ave.
Livingston, NJ 07039
March 12, 2019 1/2 day 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

The Arc of Hunterdon County.

1465 Route 31 South - Suite 23

Annandale, NJ 08801


Understanding Depression, Mood Disorders, and Disability

This workshop will provide participants with information to assist in the identification of depression and mood disorders in individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).  The presentation will help participants understand how barriers to communication often undermine the identification of these disorders and prevent providing effective supports and treatment. The presentation will also address effective support strategies and ways to determine when and how to adapt treatment and supports to best meet the needs of the person. Topics related to mental health treatment and behavior supports will be discussed.   


Future dates will be posted soon

Repetitive Behavior in Autism and OCD: Differential Diagnosis, Dual Diagnosis, and Behavior/Treatment Interventions


Repetitive behavior is a prominent symptom for both Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  Often people supporting individuals who have ASD refer to repetitive behavior as OCD.  This is a concern because the description of repetitive behaviors is different for each of these diagnoses.  Rationales for why repetitive behaviors occur within these disorders are different, which leads to significant differences in the recommended treatment and behavior support approaches.  It is important for those working with the person to be aware of these differences so they can work in ways that the meet the needs of person based on his/her diagnosis. 

This session will provide an overview of repetitive behavior; discuss the differences between normal and pathological repetitive behavior; and describe distinctions between the type of repetitive behaviors characteristic of ASD and the pattern of repetitive behavior seen in OCD.  Explanations for why these behaviors occur and recommended treatment and behavioral support strategies will be shared.


Date Duration Time Location
March 14, 2019 1/2 day 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Arc of Monmouth

1158 Wayside Rd

Tinton Falls, NJ 07712



Positive Psychology and Mental Wellness for Individuals with IDD

The importance of understanding Dual Diagnosis (co-occurring developmental disability and mental illness) to better support the needs of individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities who engage in challenging behavior has received more attention in recent years. This important advancement has facilitated the discussion about new strategies and perspectives on treatment and support strategies.  Promising practices in this area must be implemented in order for individuals with disabilities to achieve their full potential. Use of a Positive Psychology approach to providing support can help this to be realized.  

This presentation will focus on insights gained from the field of Positive Psychology – a discipline of study that emerged in the early 2000s. The training will focus on strategies to support health and wellbeing in order to maximize each person’s opportunities to reach their full potential. Discussion will include shifting toward a genuine mental health perspective with a focus on wellness and how we can support this in meaningful ways.

Future dates will be posted soon

Promoting Relaxation for Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities


This presentation will introduce why people with I/DD are at greater risk for experiencing stress and anxiety and teach attendees about the need for promoting relaxation across settings. We will review how to set up positive environments that promote relaxation for all, as well as specific strategies to prepare individuals to cope effectively with anxiety inducing situations when there’s a known risk or diagnosis.


Future dates will be posted soon

Supporting Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities in Trauma Recovery

Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) are likely to experience some form of

trauma in the course of the lifespan.  This makes it important for support providers to be aware of past

traumatic experiences, recognize how this may contribute to challenging behavior, and know what they can

do to promote recovery.  This training will explore what are considered traumatic experiences and why individuals with I/DD are more at risk.  Additionally, the connection between trauma and its impact on an individual’s biology and behavior will be discussed.  Participants will learn the necessary ingredients to support adaptive coping and recovery from trauma.  In order to provide trauma sensitive supports effectively, support providers need to be aware of their own internal states and remain calm.  The training will also introduce methods that support providers can use to enhance their own self-awareness and self-regulation skills.


Future dates will be posted soon

Registration Details

Fee information:

No charge for the following groups:

  • Employees of DDD and DCF
  • DDD Qualified Providers and Agencies authorized by DDD to move forward with the training required in qualifications
  • DCF Providers
  • Individuals with disabilities and family members

All other registrants - $75 per day for full day courses and $35 per day for half day courses.

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Please note: Submission of the online registration form sends an email request to The Boggs Center and is not a confirmation of registration. Boggs Center staff will register you for the course requested, based on space availability and completion of pre-requisites (if applicable.) You will receive a confirmation when your registration request has been reviewed and approved. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact us to verify registration and to receive directions and materials.

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  • Crisis Prevention and Intervention: Reducing Risk for People with IDD/MI

A crisis can occur when a person’s health or safety is at risk due to unmet needs or vulnerability. Many crises can be prevented or interrupted by addressing underlying causes, such as mental health symptoms and repeated behavioral challenges. This webinar will focus on specific safe and effective crisis intervention strategies to reduce the impact of potential risk factors for people with IDD.

Date Time Registration Link
October 25, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
December 4, 2018 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


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