Intensive Partnership for Behavior Intervention (IPBI)

Do you work with a school-age student who engages in problem behavior threatening student or staff safety, interfering with learning, and/or limiting the student’s access to educational and social opportunities? Are you and your fellow educators eager to engage in professional development and consultation that would make it easier for you to help this kind of student? Vanderbilt’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) will provide an intensive partnership program for teams of school personnel designed to build the team’s capacity to support students with this profile.

Purpose: Build capacity in school-based teams to deliver behavioral intervention for targeted students.

Participant roles: Participate in up to 12 hours of remotely delivered instructional content over the course of several weeks, partner with a TRIAD consultant to develop, implement, and adjust an intervention plan specially designed to meet the needs of the student. Participate in ongoing coaching and consultation provided by the TRIAD consultant and delivered in various formats based on team needs.

Disclaimer: This training program requires trainees to devote a significant amount of time and effort to engage in remote coaching sessions, planning meetings, and communication with a consultant that begins at the time of enrollment in the program and continue until the end of the school year.

Who should participate? A team of educators
  • Who directly work with an eligible student
    • Who engages in chronic challenging behavior (such as aggression, disruption, or non-compliance)
    • Whose caregivers consent for TRIAD to
      • Review educational records
      • Conduct a behavioral assessment
      • Introduce and coach behavioral intervention
      • Record assessment and intervention sessions with the student
      • Remotely observe the student through video conferencing software
  • Comprised of 3-5 professionals who
    • Have full support of, and active communication with school administration
    • Are responsible for fostering the target student’s behavioral success
    • If in-person visits are not possible due to the covid-19 pandemic, intensive remote opportunities will be provided instead Complete the IPBI Participant Agreement, committing to
      • Collect and share data electronically with a TRIAD consultant on a weekly basis
      • Implement intensive behavioral interventions for up to seven months
      • Take part in remote assessment and coaching sessions through video conferencing
      • Maintain frequent and regular communication with their assigned consultant and school administration for the duration of the school year
What is learned through this program?
  • Evidence-based strategies to:
    • Teach functional replacement behaviors
    • Increase desirable behaviors through reinforcement strategies
    • React therapeutically to challenging behavior
    • Prevent challenging behavior through the application of antecedent strategies
How much professional development is included? Participants will receive certificates documenting their participation in IPBI and 12 hours of professional development, corresponding to the amount of time that they devote to the online professional development program.

If you have additional questions about this program, please email

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Open to Educators Across Tennessee

This workshop is sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Education – Part B, and is available to educators in LEAs in Tennessee at no-cost to participants.

Please note: Due to the ever changing reality of COVID-19, TRIAD services are subject to change in terms of service delivery. We are committed to continuing to provide the highest level of coaching and support possible during these uncertain times for the entirety 2020-2021 school year as educators navigate serving students in a variety of settings.

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