Georgia Association for Positive Behavior Support Conference (GAPBS)

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.The GAPBS network has been in existence since 1997, core members of this initial group then reorganized in 2008, with national APBS approval as an independent grassroots network. The GAPBS network has grown from the core group to a state-wide collaborative network representing local education agencies, state projects, disability advocates, parents, higher education, juvenile justice, and private consultants.

    Presently, the GAPBS network conducts quarterly meetings in regional locations to facilitate accessibility for the members. Since 2008, the Georgia Network has organized to sponsor an annual statewide conference with the support from the Center for Leadership in Disability/Georgia State University and the Department of Educational Psychology & Special Education/Georgia State University.


I am interested in joining GAPBS. Whom do I contact?

  • Jason Byars is the current President of the Georgia Association for Positive Behavior Support. You can contact him at

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.

Reasons to Attend:

  • Practitioner’s Conference
  • Networking Opportunities
  • CEU Opportunities
  • Applicable Strategies
  • Expert Knowledge
  • PBIS Content Across Lifespan
  • Renewed Motivation!


What should I know about the 11th annual GAPBS conference?

  • Theme: “Connecting School, Community and Home Through Positive Behavior Support”
  • Dates: December 5-6th, 2018
  • Location: World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

Who will be speaking at this year’s conference?

Keynote Speakers

Day One:
Kevin Hines, Mental Health Activist

Day Two:
Dr. Laura Riffel, Founder of Behavior Doctor Seminars

How do I register for the conference?

Click here to register for GAPBS!

** Registration Opens June 1, 2018! **

*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, e-mail Volunteer slots are limited.

*To register as a group (10+ people), please e-mail

Registration Related Questions

Several people from my school are planning to attend the conference. Can I register them all at one time? If so, how do I do this?

If your group contains ten or more people, we ask that you complete our group registration form. To obtain this form, please email

If your group contains less than ten people, please register each person in RegOnline, our registration management system. To register your group, please following the directions below:
1.Access RegOnline

2.Select Registration Type: General Registration

3. Once you have entered your information (name, email address, affiliation), you will be taken to the second page of the registration process titled “Agenda”. At the bottom of this page, you will see a button that says “Add Another Person”. Click on this button and it will then prompt you to create a password. Once you’ve created a password it will give you the option of registering another participant, through the same process outlined above. You can then repeat the same process for remaining attendants.

4. After registering each individual, RegOnline will take you to the last page of the registration process, which pertains to payment information. The invoice will include all of your registrants. You will have the option of paying with credit card, a purchase order or with a check. If you choose to pay with a check or purchase order, we ask that when you mail your payment that you include a memo with each person’s name. This way we can correctly attachment payments to registrants.

Whenever I select purchase order or check on the payment page, I receive an error message. It says that I must use a credit card. What do I do next?

Please email a screenshot of the error message that you are receiving to We will contact the technical support team for RegOnline, our online registration portal, about the issue and get back to you shortly.

I’m paying for the conference through a check or purchase order, when does my payment need to be received?

Registration payment is not due at the time of registration. However, if possible, we ask that payments be mailed to our office prior to the conference. Checks need to be made payable to: Georgia State University. Registration checks can be mailed 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

I submitted my registration but did not receive a confirmation. What do I do now?

Most likely, your registration did not submit properly. This means that your registration status is incomplete. Please follow the link below and click “View or Change Your Existing Registration.” This will allow you to complete your registration and submit payment.

Access RegOnline

If you are still having problems after completing the process outline above, please email

My school needs a W9, in order to pay for the conference. Whom do I contact about this?

Please email with an email titled “W9 needed”.

I need an agenda to attach with my travel authorization. Where can I find the full program?

We will be posting the full program in the upcoming weeks. The schedule for the conference is as follows:


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

7:30 a.m. Registration Opens
8:00 a.m. Conference Overview
8:15 a.m. Welcome from Justin Hill
8:45 a.m. Keynote #1 – Kevin Hines
10:15 a.m. Breakout #1 (75 minutes)
11:30 a.m. Lunch Break (on your own)
12:45 p.m. Breakout #2 (75 minutes)
2:15 p.m. Breakout #3 (75 minutes)
3:45 p.m. Breakout #4 (75 minutes)
5:00 p.m. Break (30 minutes)
5:30-7:00 p.m. Poster Session/Networking Event

Thursday, December 6, 2018

7:30 a.m. Registration Opens
8:00 a.m. Updates
8:15 a.m. Welcome from Garry McGibbony
8:45 a.m. Keynote #2 – Laura Riffel
10:15 a.m. Breakout #1 (75 minutes)
11:30 a.m. Lunch Break (on your own)
12:45 p.m. Breakout #2 (75 minutes)
2:15 p.m. Breakout #3 (75 minutes)
3:30 pm. Adjourn

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 ($300)
    • For Profit ($450)
  • We have 5 sponsorship levels:
    • Friends of GAPBS ($100-$199)
    • Bronze ($200-$299)
    • Silver ($300-$499)
    • Gold ($500-$1,000)
    • Platinum ($1,001+)

Who are this year’s sponsors and exhibitors?


PBIS Rewards – Platinum Sponsor

Committee for Children/DFCS


PBIS Rewards

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency

Respectful Ways Social Emotional Learning Curriculum

Committee for Children/DFCS

QBS, Inc.

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 World Congress Center.  This list contains hotels at various prices, as we know everyone’s travel budget is different.


Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center
100 CNN Center NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 659-0000

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Atlanta Downtown
Address: 111 Cone St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 524-7000

Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown
Address: 275 Baker Street, Atlanta, GA 30313
Phone: (404) 577-2001

Hyatt House Atlanta/Downtown
Address: 431 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Phone: (404) 332-5522

Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park
Address: 267 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Phone: (404) 223-2300

Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Address: 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 521-0000

Is lunch included in our registration fee?

No, attendees are responsible for paying for their own lunches. We recommend having lunch at the CNN Center, which is located next to the conference venue. There are a variety of restaurants available to choose from in a food court setting. We recommend budgeting around $15 for lunch, depending on which option you choose. Lunch will be scheduled for 90 minutes. Please keep this in mind in your selection process.

Complimentary coffee, tea and water is provided throughout the day.

Can I receive CEU credit for attending this conference?

Below are the CEU credits that we offered at the 2017 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
Marriage and Family TherapistsSocial Work
12.5 CEs
Early Interventionists (Project SCEIs) 6.25 hours
Department of Early Care and Learning (Bright from the Start) 6 clock hours
School Psychologists (NASP) 12.5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours
Educators 1.0


Is there a conference app that I can download?

Yes, we have partnered with Pathable to provide attendees with a conference app. This app is available for free download on both Apple and Android products. 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 World Congress Center?

We recommend that attendees park in the Red Deck. (Map/Directions for Red Deck) The conference is located in Building A. Regular parking is $15/day. 30 days prior to the event, we will send out a link where you can purchase a $10/day parking pass.

We also recommend using ride-share services, or public transportation like MARTA. If you stay in a nearby hotel, the conference venue is within walking distance.

Who do I contact, if I have accommodation needs, such as Braille or an interpreter?

Please email with your specific needs. In your email, please include your email address and phone number, in case we have any questions regarding your request.

*If in need of a Sign Language interpreter, please contact us by no later than October 15, 2018*

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