•  October 18, 2023
     9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Using Functional Behavior Assessments for Persistent Challenging Behaviors

Learning Level 3: Advanced/Mastery

Intended Audience – Administrators, ECSE/General Educators, Paraeducators, Family Members, Family Educators, Psychologists, Social Workers, SLPs, OT/PTs

Prerequisite – Preschool Pyramid Model modules (in-person or e-modules) Examples of STAR NET Region I & III trainings that are acceptable would be The Pyramid Model Days 1-4 OR Pyramid Model of Social Emotional Support Cohort Series. Certificates for comparable training can be submitted to starnet@wiu.educreate new email.

Description – During this workshop, participants will identify the steps of the process of creating a functional behavior assessment which will help to define form and function of communication of behavior. Participants will also understand the development of behavior support planning including: strategies that may be taught to prevent challenging behavior; identify replacement skills that may be taught to replace challenging behavior; and identify how to respond in a way that does not maintain or reinforce challenging behavior. Participants will go through multiple case studies to practice the functional behavior assessment process. Come prepared with a child with persistent challenging behavior in mind for the individual application portion of this workshop (this can be a current child or one you have worked with in the past).

Continuing Education – This training will provide 5 contact hours for the following:

  • Educator License Renewal
  • CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) 3
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
  • Gateways to Opportunity credit in area E (Org. ID# B40093, Event ID# )

Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.

In collaboration with: Bloomington Illinois Education Association (IEA)


  • Marc Baxter
    Marc Baxter, B.S. Ed., is an Early Childhood Resource Specialist for STAR NET Regions I and III. He has been a preschool teacher for 14 years, working four years as a lead teacher at the St. Ambrose University Children’s Campus in Davenport, IA and then ten years as a lead teacher at the MacArthur Early Childhood Center in Macomb, Illinois. Marc has worked with a diverse population of students across many cultural, socioeconomic, and inclusive backgrounds. While in Macomb, Marc worked in a variety of committees dedicated to improving the school and district, including serving as a parent-teacher coordinator, team leader, union representative, and mentor teacher. He also worked with and instructed several students from Western Illinois University looking to complete field hours in the classroom.
  • Bridget Meis
    Bridget Meis, M.S. Ed, is an Early Childhood Resource Specialist for STARnet Regions I & III. During her time with STARnet, she has presented on a variety of topics including: Apps and Assistive Technology, Social/Emotional development, Creative Curriculum, Teaching Strategies GOLD, Portfolios, Lesson Planning, Mathematics in Early Childhood, Science and Mathematics, STEAM and Family Engagement. Bridget has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education since 2003. She received her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Illinois State University and her Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Erikson Institute. Bridget has worked in a variety of early childhood programs with diverse groups of children from as young as six weeks old to children in fifth grade. Bridget has served children and families in private childcare programs and most recently with Head Start.
  • Cecilia Mintz
    Cecilia Mintz, B.S. Ed, is an Early Childhood Resource Specialist for STARnet Regions I & III. She has worked in Early Childhood since 2007. Cecilia has worked with a diverse population at Head Start. While working with Head Start she guided children with Project Approach. Cecilia worked at engaging families in their child’s education by encouraging their input on family goals involving their child. She collaborated with local education agencies on IEPs.


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