Georgia Association for Positive Behavior Support Conference (GAPBS)


Registration Now Open!

Early Registration: July 1-August 31
Late Registration: September 1-November 17

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*Registration information is available in the FAQ section.


Conference FAQs

What is the mission of GAPBS?

  • The Georgia Association for Positive Behavior Support (GAPBS) is a network of the national Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS; The purpose of the GAPBS network is to increase the visibility of positive behavior support in our state. The network aims to provide a collaborative statewide effort to disseminate positive behavior support practices. The network supports a range of persons interested in promoting positive behavior support capacity building initiatives, promoting the use of positive practices, and promoting membership in the national APBS organization.


Why should I attend the GAPBS Conference?

  • Each year, this conference brings together educators, interventionists, family members, clinicians and community partners to share research, information and resources regarding positive behavior supports and the lasting impact they have upon our homes, schools and community.

What should I know about the 10th annual GAPBS conference?

  • Theme: “Connecting School, Community and Home Through Positive Behavior Support”
  • Dates: November 28-29th, 2017
  • Location: Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia

Who will be speaking at this year’s conference?


Dr. George Sugai

Dr. George Sugai, PhD, a Special Education Professor at the University of Connecticut and the Co-Director of the Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports will be our keynote speaker this year. His primary interests are positive behavior support, systems change, personnel preparation, behavioral disorders, social skills instruction, behavioral consultation, behavioral assessment procedures, applied behavior analysis and strategies for effective school-wide, classroom, and individual behavior management.

  • Featured Speakers:

How do I register for the conference?

Click here to register for GAPBS!


** Presenters must register by August 31, 2017! **

*The volunteer discount is available in exchange for working a 4 hour volunteer shift during the conference. To sign up as a volunteer and receive the discount code, email Volunteer slots are limited.

What are the approved payment methods?

On the last page of your online registration form, you will be given three payment options: credit card, check or purchase order. Checks and purchase orders must be made out to Georgia State University.

Please send all purchase orders and checks to the following  address:

Georgia Association for Positive Behavior Support
Attn: Charlena Gatlin
Center for Leadership in Disability
Georgia State University
75 Piedmont Avenue NE, Suite 514
Atlanta, GA 30303


If you are paying for multiple registrants with one check or purchase order, please include a memo alongside the payment. The memo should include the names of everyone being covered by the payment. This allows us to confirm that everyone has paid properly.

How can I become an exhibitor or sponsor for GAPBS?

  • We have two exhibitor types:
    • Non Profit/Individual ($259)
    • For Profit ($399)
  • We have 4 sponsorship levels:
    • Bronze ($100-$199)
    • Silver ($200-$299)
    • Gold ($300-$499)
    • Platinum ($500+)
  • If you are interested in being either an exhibitor or sponsor, please contact us at

Whom do I contact if I have questions about the conference?

Where do you recommend that attendees stay during the conference?

We do not have an official conference hotel but below is a list of recommendations within a few miles of the Infinite Energy Center.  This list contains hotels at various prices, as we know everyone’s travel budget is different.


Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta NE/Gwinnett Sugarloaf
2040 Sugarloaf Cir, Duluth, GA 30097
(770) 495-7600

Residence Inn by Marriott Atlanta NE/Duluth Sugarloaf
1940 Satellite Blvd, Duluth, GA 30097
(770) 814-2929

Wingate by Wyndham Duluth/Atlanta
3450 Venture Pkwy NW, Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 622-7277

Hyatt Place Atlanta/Duluth/Gwinnett Mall
3530 Venture Pkwy NW, Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 623-9699

Best Western Gwinnett Center Hotel
3670 Shackleford Rd, Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 935-7171

Courtyard Atlanta Gwinnett Mall
3550 Venture Pkwy NW, Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 476-4666

LaQuinta Inn: Duluth
2370 Stephens Center Drive
Duluth, GA 30096

Holiday Inn: Gwinnett Center
6310 Sugarloaf Parkway
Duluth, GA 30097

Is lunch included in our registration fee?

No, attendees are responsible for paying for their own lunches. There will be food trucks available as well as indoor vendors.  We recommend budgeting around $15 for lunch, depending on which option you choose. Additionally, there is a concession stand open for a majority of each day.  Complimentary coffee, tea and water is provided throughout the day.

Which food trucks will be at this year’s conference?

The following food trucks have confirmed that they will be attending this year’s conference. We will update this site as more trucks confirm their attendance. Closer to the conference, we will upload their GAPBS specific menus.

Can I receive CEU credit for attending this conference?

Below are the CEU credits that we offered at the 2016 conference. We are in the process of reapplying for the same credits this year. Once we have received approval from the various organizations, we will notify you that they are available for purchase. You can either purchase them online through RegOnline, our conference registration portal, or you can pay for them onsite.


Professional Hours/Cost
Marriage and Family Therapists
Social Work
12.5 CEs/$25
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Early Interventionists
(Project SCEI’s)
6.25 hours/$25

Department of Early Care and Learning

(Bright from the Start)

6 clock hours/$25
School Psychologist (NASP) 12.5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Hours/$25
Educators 1.0 PLU/$0

Is there a conference app that I can download?

Yes, we have partnered with Grupio to provide attendees with a conference app. This app is available for free download on both Apple and Android products. Additionally, you can access the app’s contents at The app is a work in progress and will be updated frequently between now and the conference.


How much does it cost to park at the Infinite Energy Center?

Parking is free but spaces are limited. Please carpool with other attendees from your school or agency, if possible.

Click the link below to learn more about how to access the Infinite Energy Center:
Parking and Directions

Conference Sponsors

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