Pre-Conference Workshop:
Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Families (PTR-F): A Model of Individualized Positive Behavior Support for Home and Community

  J. Lee C. Vatland
Content Level:
Age Group:
2 to 10 Years


This workshop will provide a detailed description of Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Families (PTR-F), a family-centered model of intervention for children who exhibit persistent and severe challenging behaviors in home and community-based settings. The model is based on the well-established procedures of positive behavior support, but is designed to help providers and family support professionals to facilitate the PTR-F process and coach caregivers to implement feasible and effective intervention strategies with a high level of fidelity. The workshop will include descriptions of the steps of the model, examples of the model in practice and opportunities for questions and discussion.


This workshop is intended for participants who support or work with families with young children in addressing challenging behaviors in home and community settings. In order to fully participate in and benefit from the PTR-F workshop, we highly recommend that attendees be familiar with both Pyramid Model practices and behavioral/positive behavior support principles (e.g., setting events, antecedents, consequences, reinforcement, etc.).


Participants in this workshop will:

  1. Learn how to implement the five steps of the PTR-F process;
  2. Learn how to use the PTR-F assessment forms with caregivers to complete a functional behavior assessment of the child’s challenging behavior;
  3. Be able to describe evidence-based practices in each of the categories of PTR-F interventions – Prevent, Teach, and Reinforce;
  4. Learn how to collect and summarize progress monitoring data using the practical Behavior Rating Scale (BRS) system of the PTR-F model.

This workshop is full.

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Workshop Dates

April 29, 2019

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Price Description


  • Fee includes any books, materials, breakfast, and lunch.
  • Attendees may also choose to attend the NTI (April 30–May 3). Separate registration fee applies.
  • Attendees may choose to attend both PTR-F and PTR-YC workshops. A separate registration fee ($250) applies for each workshop attended.