Behavior Supports: Training, Coaching, and Technical Assistance

Posted On November 26, 2019
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This program is housed at Georgia State University within the Center for Leadership in Disability


Who We Are

Behavior Support Team

 The Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) is dedicated to the dissemination and enhancement of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) in schools at Tiers 2 and 3. We aim to build educator capacity to foster social, emotional, and behavioral success in students through supportive coaching, interactive professional development, and comprehensive technical assistance.


Daniel Crimmins, PhD

Gereen Francis, BCaBA
Behavior Specialist

Emily Graybill, PhD, NCSP
Associate Director

Allison O’Hara, EdS
Behavior Specialist

Molly Tucker, MSW
Training and Advocacy Specialist


Our Approach

The CLD is committed to being…

  1. Culturally RelevantWe create, tailor, and disseminate content that is uniquely designed to be compatible with the culture of the school we are serving. This is accomplished through both initial assessment and ongoing responsiveness to values and beliefs of the school or district.
  1. PracticalWe believe that both trainee engagement and investment is maximized through the presentation of practical training content and procedures. We work with schools and districts to identify their resources, strengths, limitations, and needs in order to identify solutions that are manageable and “doable”!
  1. InteractiveParticipants are provided opportunities to apply training content through the use of activities, frequent checks for retention, case examples, and hands-on practice. Training components are tailored to the needs of our audience in order to optimize outcomes for a variety of learners.
  1. Data DrivenThe CLD utilizes a number of quantitative and qualitative tools to assess for training effectiveness and learning outcomes. Common evaluation methods include pre- and post-assessments, scoring of learner work samples, participant feedback evaluations, and on-site coaching rubrics. Trainee feedback is essential to the ongoing improvement and enhancement of all CLD training products and services.
  1. SupportiveWe recognize the need for continued support beyond didactic training modules. We support participants as they implement newly acquired skills within their school setting. Many of our trainings integrate the use of coaching and technical assistance throughout all aspects of the implementation process.


Our Philosophy

Individualized positive behavior support emphasizes the following ideas about behavior:

  1. Understand: All behavior is communication. Individuals sometimes communicate their wants or needs by using challenging behavior. We must try to understand what they are communicating through behavior observation and assessment.
  2. Prevent: To prevent challenging behavior, we must modify the environment and change the way we interact with individuals to support them through behavioral triggers.
  3. Replace: An individual’s challenging behavior must be replaced with a more positive way to respond to triggers. We must teach individuals new ways to communicate their wants and needs or how to self-regulate.


Benefits of individualized positive behavior support

  • Positive behavior support has over 30 years of research supporting its effectiveness at preventing and reducing challenging behavior.
  • Positive behavior support strategies empower individuals, parents, teachers, and caregivers.
  • Positive behavior support is widely recognized by behavior specialists, psychologists, educators, and other clinicians as an effective process for reducing challenging behavior and increasing positive behavior.


The Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). CLD provides interdisciplinary education, community training, technical assistance, research and information dissemination with the goal of improving the lives of people with developmental disabilities of all ages and their families.


Contact the CLD

Address: 75 Piedmont Avenue, Suite 514
Atlanta, GA 30303
phone: 404-413-9327