36th Annual Standard Celeration Society Conference

Workshops: November 9, 2023 (additional fee)

Conference Dates:  November 10 & 11, 2023

TradeWinds Island Resort

5500 Gulf Blvd
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
United States

Conference Registration

  • Annual Conference Registration + CEU Packet
  • Annual Conference Registration only
  • Annual Conference Registration Livestream

TradeWinds Island Resort

SCS room block available until October 9th, 2023. Please note Courtyard Suite Handicap King rooms are not bookable online, so you will have to call in to reserve those rooms.


Our organization relies on our generous sponsors to keep us going. All sponsors will be recognized in conference material and on our website. Please consider sponsoring an event or attendee today! 


SCS Members are encouraged to apply for our conference student scholarship and rising professional scholarship.


Happy, Relaxed, and Charting: Learn to implement PFA and SBT and chart the results

Level: Beginner

Length: 2 hours

Abstract: This workshop will focus on the implementation of practical functional assessment (PFA) and Skills Based Treatment (SBT) and integrating the results onto the Standard Celeration Chart. The focus will be both on the clinical aspects of programming and treatment along with the data measures and decision making. Participants will learn about implementing skills based treatment and how to effectively make decisions when results are on the SCC.

Behavioral Objective:

1. Learn how to run Practical Functional Assessment and Skills Based Treatment
2. Learn how to create CAB branches associated with Skills-Based Treatment
3. Learn to chart the results of the PFA and SBT on the SCC

Creating Learner Specific Staff Training Tools with an Assent Based Focus

Level: Beginner

Length: 2 Hours

Abstract: Within an organization, staff training is often a standardized package across learners. ORL has successfully implemented a three-component staff training package for over a decade. Recent work has explored the effects of further personalizing the package– adjusting pinpoints, changing the sequence, and adding complementary trainings. This workshop will provide model and extension practice on individualizing two core training components: (a) an instructional evaluation tool and (b) a within-session decision making framework.

Behavioral Objective:

1. Learn how to identify and create supplementary training protocols
2. Identify needed changes in standard staff training tools and make modifications to the pinpoints based on learner profiles

Teaching Motor Plans for Language, Daily Living, and Vocational skills.

Level: Intermediate

Length: 2 Hours

Abstract: All skills are rooted in the psychomotor domain. Common activities like brushing our teeth, stocking grocery store shelves, swimming, and communication require complex and coordinated movement plans that when dysfluent can create barriers to growth and participation in society. This workshop will cover the foundation skills for gross, fine, and oral motor movements. Attendees will learn about the actual motor movements required to complete common activities of daily living, vocational skills, and those required for sound production.

Behavioral Objective:

1. Participants will identify the tool skills necessary for speech production and their role in individual sounds.
2. Participants will identify at least 3 manual prompting and shaping procedures across 3 separate movements.
3. Participants will identify the 3 main muscle groups related to motor foundation skills.

Precision Teachers, Let’s Write!

Level: Beginner 

Length: 4 hours

Abstract: Many discoveries in precision teaching are found on paper charts in binders or in private digital accounts. People talk about those charts and their discoveries at conferences, in listservs, and on social media. Most of our knowledge sharing and dissemination happens inside the PT bubble, while the rest of the field and world lacks access to our findings. This hurts our credibility and impact. This workshop is a step toward correcting that problem.

Behavioral Objective:

1. Select a topic for writing and determine the general word count
2. Produce a detailed outline for your topic
3. Select a publication outlet (popular or academic press)
4. Write section headers for the manuscript

Conference Speakers

Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz

Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz is an associate professor in the Behavior Analysis Department at the University of North Texas. In 1995, he received his Ph.D. in Experimental Child Psychology from the University of Kansas, where he studied under Dr. Donald M. Baer and Dr. Ogden R. Lindsley. Since 2020, he has served as the director of the Beatrice H. Barrett Behavior Analytic Neuroscience Initiative at the University of North Texas. Among his many significant contributions to behavior analysis is the behavioral cusp, introduced in 1996 together with Dr. Baer. This groundbreaking work provides a behavior analytic account of the rapid changes that are often considered developmental and offers practitioners guidance when selecting target behaviors. Additionally, Dr. Rosales-Ruiz has been at the forefront of bringing the science of behavior to the growing field of human-animal interactions. His work on functional analysis and shaping has helped bridge the gap between academia and applied animal training. He is also the co-creator of PORTL, the Portable Operant Research and Teaching Lab, a tabletop game which allows students and practitioners to experience behavioral principles and practice their teaching skills. 

William L. Heward, Ed.D., BCBA-D

William L. Heward, Ed.D., BCBA-D, is Professor Emeritus in the College of Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State University. He has taught at universities in Brazil, Japan, Portugal, and Singapore and lectured and given workshops in 23 other countries. A Past President and Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Bill’s publications include co-authoring the books, Applied Behavior Analysis (3rd ed., 2020), Exceptional Children: An Introduction to Special Education (12th ed., 2022), and Let’s Make a Contract: A Positive Way to Change Your Child’s Behavior (2022). Awards recognizing Dr. Heward’s contributions to education and behavior analysis include the Fred S. Keller Behavioral Education Award from the American Psychological Association’s Division 25, the Ellen P. Reese Award for Communication of Behavioral Concepts from the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, the Outstanding Cpntributor Award from the California Associaton for Behavior Analysis, and the Distinguished Psychology Department Alumnus Award from Western Michigan University. Bill’s research interests include improving the effectiveness of group instruction in inclusive classrooms.

Conference Schedule

*CEU’s are available for all three days for an additional fee. Add the CEU packet at checkout. 

Thursday, November 9, 2023

7:00 AM 3:00 PM Registration
8:00 AM 10:00 AM Meaghan Kemp: Creating Learner Specific Staff Training Tools with an Assent Based Focus *
8:00 AM 12:00 PM Adam Hockman: Precision Teachers, Let’s Write!
10:00 AM 12:00 PM Jen Farris: Happy, Relaxed, and Charting: Learn to implement PFA and SBT and chart the results*
1:00 PM 3:00 PM Jonathan Amey: “Teaching motor plans for language, daily living, and vocational skills” *
1:00 PM 3:00PM
5:15 PM 7:00 PM Dinner (on your own)
7:00 PM 9:00 PM Welcome/Networking Reception (Cash Bar)


Friday, November 10, 2023

7:00 AM 8:00 AM YOGA or Mediation Session
7:00 AM 4:00 PM Registration / Expo
8:30 AM 8:45 AM Welcome and Introductions: Mary Reagan, Executive Director SCS
8:45 AM 9:45 AM Invited Keynote: Dr. Heward, “The Importance of Hope, the Power of Optimism, and the Value of Idealism” *
10:00 AM 11:00 AM Presidential Address: Dr. Jesus Rosalas-Ruiz, “Behavior In Motion: Why movement cycles matter” *
11:00 AM 11:15 AM Coffee Break
11:15 AM 12:15 PM ORL Presentation – John Eshelman
12:30 PM 1:30 PM Lunch Provided by SCS
1:45 PM 2:45 PM Presenation: Jen Farris, Viviana Gonzalez, Mary Reagan, “PENDING NAME;” *
1:45 PM 2:45 PM Paper: Carl Binder, Elizabeth Haughton, “History of the conceptual and scientific foundations of Precision Teaching”
1:45 PM 2:45 PM Symposium: Adam Hockman, “Persisting with Public Dissemination”
2:45 PM 3:00 PM Break
3:00 PM 4:00 PM Speed Mentoring
5:00 PM 7:15 PM Dinner on your own
7:15 PM 8:30 PM Poster Session (Cash Bar)
8:30 PM 10:00 PM Chart Share (Cash Bar)



Saturday, November 11, 2023

7:00 AM 8:00 AM YOGA
7:30 AM 10:00 AM Registration
8:30 AM 9:20 AM Symposium: Kris Kielbasa, Abigail Calkin, “A World on Fire: Using Celeration to Analyze Ecological Health”
8:30 AM 9:20 AM Symposium: John O’Neill, “Comprehensive Application in a Residential School/Treatment Facility”
8:30 AM 9:20 AM Paper: Samona Doeman, “How long have you been working on that hand washing goal? Get rid of the prompts and the never-ending TA”
9:25 AM 10:15 AM Paper: Donny Newsome, “Teaching, Learning, and Climate Change: Anticipated Impacts and Mitigation Strategies for Educators”
9:25 AM 10:15 AM Symposium: Jonathan Amey, “Achieving Success: Uniting Precision Teaching and the Constructional Approach”
9:25 AM 10:15 AM Symposium: Andrew Bulla, “Towards an Understanding of the Continuum of Operant Freedom: Some Recent Basic and Conceptual Work”
10:15 AM 10:30 COFFEE BREAK
10:30 AM 11:20 AM Symposium: Kelly Ferris, “Evolving the Nuance of Assent-Based Care”
10:30 AM 11:20 AM Symposium: Kendra Newsome, “Navigating the Literacy Landscape with Precision in Title-1 Schools”
10:30 AM 11:20 AM Panel: Jen Farris, Liz Lefebre, MA, BCBA- Octave, Megan Deleon (Miller), PhD, BCBA-D, Do Better Collective, Nicola Schneider, MA, BCBA, NRS Compassionate Behavior Services, “When Buzz Words Meet Practice: Compassion, Assent, and Trauma-Informed Care
11:25 AM 12:15 PM Paper: Mary Schmidt, Elizabeth Haughton, “Advantages of Monthly Curriculum-based Screenings for Schools”
11:25 AM 12:15 PM Symposium: Rick Kubina, Penn State University, Michele Brown, Juniata College, Jared Van, Penn State University, “Precision Teaching for Managing Troublesome Inner Experiences: A Symposium on Self-Monitoring and Self-Intervention”
11:25 AM 12:15 PM Paper: Awab Abdel-Jalil “Making the Implicit Explicit: Blending PT with the Constructional Approach”
12:15 PM 1:45 PM Lunch
1:45 PM 2:35 PM Paper: Angela M. Bryson (Building Blocks Behavior Consultants), Claire Eschmeyer (Aim Star Learning), Katie Harris (Aim Star Learning)
Richard M. Kubina (Central Reach), “
The Effect of Fluency Training on Confidence and Accuracy in Data Based Decisions”
1:45 PM 2:35 PM Symposium: James Stocker, “Precision Teaching Research Conducted at a University Lab School: Two Experimental Studies and Perspectives”
1:45 PM 2:35 PM Paper: Charlotte Walker, “The Medical Necessity of Academic Skills and Getting them Funded Through Health Insurance”
2:40 PM 3:30 PM Symposium: Jonathan Amey, “Sustaining functional abilities through Precision Teaching for individuals afflicted by progressive or terminal diseases impacting muscular coordination.”
2:40 PM 3:30 PM Paper: Demi Fraglee, “Acting, Charting and Fluency: A Modified SAFMEDS Procedure to Increase Recall for a Stage Actor”
2:40 PM 3:30 PM Symposium: Liz Lefebre, Carmen Fong, Brandi Allred, “Inductive Discoveries: Harnessing the SCC’s Potential Beyond Slice Progression”
3:30 PM 4:00 PM Break/Snack provided by SCS
4:00 PM 4:15 PM Strategic Partner Presentation (BABA and CCBS)
4:15 PM 5:00 PM State of Society Meeting
8:00 PM 10:00 PM Games, Games, Games


The SCS Annual Conference features workshops, posters, chart share, guest speakers, and access to multiple CEU’s. 


Make valuable connections, meet mentors in the field plus other chart enthusiasts, and participate in our buzzing chart share.


36 wonderful years of the Standard Celeration Society.


Explore some of the best dining and experiences that can only be enjoyed in St. Pete Beach, Florida.