Education Spotlight:

Graduate Certificate in Positive Behavior Support

As one of few in the nation, the USF Positive Behavior Support Certificate Program (PBS) is designed for educators, school or mental health administrators, school psychologists, social workers, school counselors, and behavioral health staff who want to specialize in an evidence-based approach to resolving challenging behavior and supporting the prosocial behavior of children and youth within schools and early education settings. Participants are required to complete 9 credit hours from the list of core courses and one elective, for a total of 12 credit hours. As trainees, students in the certificate program also gain access to local resources available through FCIC and national resources available through the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)More information

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CFS Faculty In the News
CFS faculty expertise on suicide prevention, unlicensed children's homes, child abuse, anti-bullying, positive behavior support, and youth caregivers. Latest: Professor Raymond Miltenberger/Gun Safety.
Tampa Interbay Rotary Presents $25,000 to CARD-USF and the Applied Behavior Analysis Program at USF
Both CFS programs are recipients of the 6th Annual Cycling Out Autism fundraising event held March 28, 2015.
Professor Raymond Miltenberger Featured on Dateline NBC Regarding Gun Safety
Dr. Raymond Miltenberger, professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies at the USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences, and the Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis programs at USF, was featured on the NBC Dateline segment June 21 featuring kids and gun safety.
CFS Students in the Applied Behavior Analysis Program Greatly Exceed Pass Rate Average for BCaBA/BCBA Examinations
The majority of CFS students in both the master’s and undergraduate minor programs in Applied Behavior Analysis who took BCBA and BCaBA examinations in 2014 passed on their first try.
USF ABA Program Presents at the ABAI Convention
Faculty and students of the Applied Behavior Analysis program at USF  presented at the annual Association for Behavior Analysis International conference in San Antonio, Texas held May 22-26.
FCIC Student Trainee Program Benefits Those Interested in Developmental Disabilities, Early Childhood Education and Special Education
Samantha Spillman, a recent trainee and Fall 2014 graduate of the ABA master’s program and the PBS Graduate Certificate, benefitted from the program in numerous ways.
RMHC Welcomes Sarah Balmer as New Academic Services Administrator
Sarah will oversee the general administration of the master’s and graduate certificate programs in RMHC, which recently merged with the Department of Child & Family Studies.

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29th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, & Young Adult Behavioral Health

March 13 - 16, 2016: This conference was first held in 1988 and has continued each year, bringing together more than 500 participants to share dialogue about important issues such as health, education and welfare, share new knowledge, and identify challenges that remain for the field. As the field and issues have evolved, so too has our focus to expand both age range and broader area of topics. View flyer.

29th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, & Young Adult Behavioral Health

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