Center Helps Teachers Handle Student Behavior Disorders

February 14th, 2003 by Adam

The New Hampshire Center for Effective Behavioral Interventions and Support (NHCEBIS) has established a satellite office at Plymouth State College. It will be called the Lakes Region Regional Center and Dr. Marcel Lebrun, assistant professor of education at PSC, will be the center’s director. He will be coordinator of teacher professional development in the area of student educational behavior disorder for the lakes and northern school districts.

The Lakes Region Center will sponsor training days and workshops in the next few months. A weeklong institute on “Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support” (PBIS) will take place this summer at the center.

The institute, July 21-25, will bring together the school/community teams that are taking part in the 2002-2003 PBIS-NH statewide initiative cosponsored by the New Hampshire Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Behavioral Health and NHCEBIS.

The teams include educators, administrators, mental health staff, community partners and family members from 29 schools and/or communities in the state.

Lebrun says, “The purpose of the institute is to continue the on-going professional development activities of the participants on processes and strategies involved in PBIS.”

During the first three days of the institute, Dr. George Sugai from the national PBIS center at the University of Oregon, will lead sessions on facilitating the school-wide PBIS effort and on functional behavioral assessment and behavior intervention plans. Dr. Lucille Eber, from the Illinois PBIS Network, and Kathleen Abate, of CARE-NH, will provide training on intensive interventions including the wraparound process during the last two days.

More information about the center or its program is available by calling Marcel Lebrun at (603) 535-2288.