Past Workshops​​​​​

August 25th, 2017

Registration for this event closed on Thursday, August 17th, 2017.

PEAK: Relational Training System 

presented by:
Mark Dixon, Ph.D., BCBA-D

General Information

The cost of this workshop is $20 and includes lunch.

The workshop will take place at the Courtyard Marriott Mount Pleasant on the campus of Central Michigan University.

Registration for the workshop is 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. with the workshop from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Friday, August 25th, 2017.

​Registration Information

Registration for this event closed on Thursday, August 17th, 2017.

​​Additional Information​

Dr. Mark R. Dixon, BCBA-D is a Professor and Coordinator of the Behavior Analysis and Therapy Program at Southern Illinois University. For the past ten years he has also served as the Director of an SIU initiative (Behavioral Consultant Group) to infuse behavior analysis within schools, alternative education, and residential facilities serving individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Mark also runs the Language and Cognition Development Clinic at SIU that delivers RFT and ACT interventions to children with autism on a daily basis. Dr. Dixon has published 10 books, over 150 peer reviewed journal articles, and delivered over 500 presentations nationally and internationally. Dr. Dixon is recognized as one of the most skilled programmers of behavior analysis research and data collection systems worldwide. His software has been distributed across many countries and has been translated into foreign languages. Mark has been the Editor of the peer-reviewed journals, Behavior Analysis in Practice and Analysis of Gambling Behavior. He is also a former Associate Editor for Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Associate Editor for the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management. Mark's research and/or expert opinions have been featured in Time MagazineNewsweekThe New York Times, National Public Radio, This American Life, and local affiliates of ABC, CBS, PBS, and the Southern Illinoisan. Most recently, Dr. Dixon has developed an animal laboratory which uses cockroaches and octopi as models of the applied challenges associated with autism.

Certificate of Attendance

Registrants who attend the full training will receive a certificate of attendance.

Hotel Accommodations

If you are a group or individual who has tax exempt status, please let the hotel know your tax exempt status prior to check-in.

The  Courtyard Marriott at Central Michigan University has a small number of rooms reserved at a discounted rate for attendees. When booking the room at the Courtyard mention that you are with the "PEAK Workshop" to receive the discount.

Courtyard Mt. Pleasant at CMU​ - Mt. Pleasant, MI Telephone:​ 989.773.1444

Additional Hotel Accommodations

The following hotels are listed for your convenience. There are no group codes available for these hotels and no guarantee of availability. This is not a complete listing of hotels in the area:

Mt. Pleasant, Michigan Hotels
​Hampton Inn - Mt. Pleasant, MI Telephone: 989 - 772-5500
Fairfield Inn ​- Mt. Pleasant, MI Telephone: 989-775-5000
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort - Mt. Pleasant, MI Telephone: 888-7EAGLE7
Soaring Eagle Waterpark & Hotel​ - Mt. Pleasant, MI Telephone: 989-817-4801
Mt. Pleasant Inn & Suites​ - Mt. Pleasant, MI Telephone: 989-772-7777
Comfort Inn & Suites - Mt. Pleasant, MI Telephone: 989-772-4000

Alma, Michigan Hotels 
Woodridge Inn & Suites ​- Alma, Michigan Telephone: 989-285-1431
Triangle Motel​ - Alma, Michigan Telephone: 989-463-2296

Clare, Michigan Hotels
Doherty Hotel - Clare, MI ​Telephone: 800-525-4115
Days Inn of Clare - Clare, MI Telephone: 989-386-1111

Midland, Michigan Hotels
Spring Hills Suites​ - Midland, MI Telephone: 989-837-2700
Hampton Inn - Midland, MI Telephone: 989-837-4000
Holiday Inn - Midland, MI Telephone: 989-794-8500
Residence Inn ​- Midland, MI Telephone: 989-837-9990
The H Hotel - Midland, MI Telephone: 989-839-0500
Midland Resort and Convention Center - Midland, MI Telephone: 989-631-4220

August 25th & 26th, 2016​

Central Michigan University's BCBA and BCaBA Approved Course Sequence Presents
a two-day workshop with​:

                   Gregory Hanley, Ph.D., BCBA-D​

​Day 1: Practical Functional Assessment & Treatment of Problem Behavior Associated with Autism

AM—Functional Assessment of Severe Problem Behavior of Persons with Autism: A Focus                 on a Safer, Faster, and Still Effective Process

PM—Treating Severe Problem Behavior: A Focus on Strengthening Socially Important 
          Behavior of Persons with Autism

​Day 2: Understanding and Addressing Stereotypy & Sleep Problems of Persons with Autism​

AM—Developing Effective and Preferred Treatments for the Stereotypic Behavior of 
          Persons Diagnosed with Autism

PM—Understanding and Addressing Sleep Problems of Children and Young Adults with

​​Additional Information​

Gregory Hanley, Ph.D., BCBA-D, has been applying the principles of learning to improve socially important behaviors of children and adults with and without disabilities for 25 years.  He worked and trained at the Spurwink School, the Groden Center, and the Kennedy Krieger Institute, was degreed at the University of Florida, was tenured at the University of Kansas, and is currently a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Behavior Analysis Doctoral Program at Western New England University and an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Dr. Hanley has published over 100 book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals in areas such as the assessment and prevention of problem behavior, teaching tactics for young children, and evidence-based values.  Dr. Hanley is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 25), past Editor of Behavior Analysis in Practice (BAP), and a past Associate Editor of The Behavior Analyst, the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA), and BAP, and incoming Editor of JABA.

For additional information, please visit the following website: 

​​Materials Available

​​​​​​Workbooks and Powerpoints that are covered during the two-day workshop are available online at:​​ 
Hard copies of the workbooks will be available at the workshop; however, there will not be hard copies of the powerpoint presentations. 

Certificate of Attendance

Registrants who attended the full training received a certificate of attendance for both days.

​​​​​​​​July 16th and 17th, 2015

A Behavioral Approach to Language Assessment and Intervention for Children with Autism
Presented by Mark Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D

This two-day workshop will cover the basic elements of the applied behavior analysis/verbal behavior approach to language assessment and intervention for children with autism or other types of developmental disabilities. On the first day,the focus will be on how to use a behavioral analysis of language to assess a child's language and social skills, as well as his potential barriers to language acquisition, using the VB-MAPP assessment program. Participants will then learn how to use the results of the assessment to determine an individual child's immediate intervention priorities.

During the second day, the focus will be developing an individualized intervention program. Several teaching procedures will be described (e.g., early mand training, vocabulary development, intraverbal development). Additional topics discussed over the course of the workshop will include how to set up a classroom for children with autism, data collection, behavior problems, augmentative communication, inclusion, and peer interaction.

Additional Information​

For additional information on the VB-MAPP, please visit the AVB Press FAQ page at 

For additional information on Mark Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D, you may visit his website at

For additional reading:

Hall and Sundberg 1987.pdf : Teaching Mands by Manipulating Conditioned Establishing Operations

Michael, Palmer and Sundberg 2011.pdf: The Multiple Control of Verbal Behavior

Sundberg and Michael 2001.pdf: The Benefits of Skinner's Analysis of Verbal Behavior for Children with Autism

Sundberg and Sundberg, 2011.pdf: Intraverbal Behavior and Verbal Conditional Discriminations in Typically Developing Children and Children with Autism

Sundberg Cooper et al chapter 2007.pdf: Verbal Behavior

Sundberg et. al 2000, IV prompts.pdf: Using Intraverbal Prompts to Establish Tacts for Children with Autism

Sundberg et. al 2002 mands for info.pdf: Contriving Establishing Operations to Teach Mands for Information

Sundberg Mand-William's book Chapter 2004.pdf: A Behavioral Analysis of Motivation and its Relation to Mand Training

Sundberg MO paper 2013.pdf: Thirty Points about Motivation From Skinner's Book ​Verbal Behavior

Continuing Education  (CE)

Dr. Sundberg is approved to provide CE thro​ugh the Behavior Analysts Certification Board (BACB). This workshop qualifies for 12 hours of Type II CE from the BACB. All BCBAs and BCaBAs will need to provide their certificate number at registration and attend the full training to receive CE.


Certificate of Attendance

Registrants who attend the full training, but are not eligible to receive Type II CE from the BACB, will receive a certificate of attendance.