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Happenings in BIS

Fall 2019 Newsletter -> BIS News


We are pleased to celebrate SPG’s newest RBT Program Supervisors – Amethyst dela Pena, Brianna Gonzalez, and Sara Conti. RBT Program Supervisors provide sub coverage as needed, support to RBTs in the field, assist with behavior skills training, assessments, presentation development, and conduct RBT skills competency and skills assessments. We are so thankful to have them on our team.

Amethyst dela PenaBrianna GonzalezSara Conti

Well done!

Check out Paul Zaporteza and Kathryn Germer’s contribution, to Behavior Today, the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders recent newsletter. Their column, “Beyond the Basics of Boba”, discussed ABA principles in the context of their preferred leisure activity – the drinking of boba tea. Read more here.


Presentations and Trainings

SPG’s BIS department has been buzzing with professional development requests, exciting speakers, and new projects.


To kick off the summer, Meghan Brewer presented a newly developed training, Disguising Work as Play to Oakland Unified SLPs. DeAnna Glass presented the same training to San Francisco Unified’s SLPs at the onset of the new school year. The interplay of communication and behavior makes presenting to SLPs highly reinforcing, and the strategies we presented were very well received.


In August, DeAnna Glass initiated a new project with San Lorenzo Unified, which will entail monthly workshops and intensive in-class training for 24 general education teachers at Colonial Acres Elementary School. This model provides support, consultation, coaching and individualized interventions for each classroom in addition to the typical workshop style training we provide for teachers. We look forward to replicating this exciting project in additional school districts!


In early September we had our final 2019 training for BCBAs, BCaBAs and SLPs and were lucky to host the incredible Dr. Bridget Taylor, PsyD, BCBA. Dr. Taylor provided a full day workshop on compassion practices for Autism Professionals. Bay Area BCBAs and SLPs came together in Lafayette to learn how compassionate care can impact treatment outcomes and earned a full day’s worth of CEUs. Keep an eye out for our 2020 line up for continuing education opportunities!


This school year we will continue to expand our training catalog in Oakland Unified through our Paraprofessional Toolkit trainings. On a monthly basis we’ll provide high impact, low effort strategies based in ABA for 90-100 special education paraprofessionals. Additionally, we will start providing behavior intervention trainings in Southern California as our catalogue of training options gains traction outside of the Bay Area.


Counseling Enriched Classroom Trainings

SPG’s BIS team has been busy working with our partnering school districts to provide trainings to Counseling Enriched Classes (CEC) classes. The goal has been to work with classroom staff to design and implement a Tier 1 classroom-level system aligned with the school-wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports framework to support students’ academically, behaviorally, and socially. Topics of the training procedures for teaching, reinforcing, and monitoring.



Kathryn Germer provided this training as part of a new partnership with Berkeley Unified School District and RBTs, Subrina Orlando and Valeria Gonzalez, have been deployed to support in this unique inclusion district.


New BIS office!

We’ve moved! Come and visit us at our new office at 2121 Ygnacio Valley Rd., Ste. E200 (right across the parking lot from our old offices).


Supervised Supervision Training Series (SSTS)

In September, RBTs enrolled in SPG’s SSTS explored what it means to be a “scientist-practitioner” in the field of applied behavior analysis. Trainees learned how to construct Boolean search strings to find relevant peer-reviewed research. After sharpening their online database search skills, trainees embarked on an ABA literature scavenger hunt. Each small group of trainees was tasked to identify critical components (e.g., dependent variable, participant performance during baseline and intervention, limitations, etc.) of a peer-reviewed article evaluating an antecedent-based intervention.


Trainees as of 9/22/19:

  • Amethyst dela Pena – Arizona State University
  • Margaux Hayes – Arizona State University
  • Brianna Gonzalez – Pepperdine University
  • Paul Zaporteza – National University
  • Melanie Gibson – National University
  • Brittany Castellucio – SF State (FIT for ABA coursework)
  • Sara Conti – Ball State University
  • Subrina Orlando – Arizona State University


Interested in learning more about the SSTS? Please contact Kathryn at: