Intensive Partnership for Behavior Intervention (IPBI)

Do you work with a school-age student with autism who engages in challenging behavior threatening student or staff safety, interfering with learning, and/or limiting the student’s access to education and social opportunities? 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 while supporting this student.

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

Participant roles: Participate in a 3-day workshop, 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 on-campus and remote coaching and consultation provided by the TRIAD consultant.

Disclaimer: This training program requires trainees to devote a significant amount of time and effort to engage in on-campus and 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 has autism eligibility for special education services
    • 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
    • Agree to attend all three days of the workshop from 8-3:30 daily
    • Complete the IPBI Participant Agreement, committing to
      • Participate in 4 on-campus assessment and intervention coaching sessions (starting one month prior to workshop and continuing through the end of the current school year)
      • Collect and share data electronically with a TRIAD consultant
      • 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 18 hours of professional development, corresponding to the amount of time that they devote to the workshop.

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Training dates coming soon!

If you have additional questions about this program, please email

All workshops noted are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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