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At a Glance: Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS)

A prevention-oriented positive approach to school behavior

How do you create a school environment where everyone is productive and happy and students and staff are engaged in learning? In these PBIS classes you will learn techniques and strategies to build a positive climate for students and staff and reduce challenging behavior. Using a team approach, you will identify and implement expectations for discipline that are consistent throughout the school building and/or district. This series of classes spans counseling, education and special education topic areas.

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Program benefits

As a member of this program, you will:

  • Be able to reinforce positive behaviors
  • Learn best practices and techniques for behavioral interventions
  • Utilize data-based decision making to determine which students need individual support

Upon completion, you will be able to enhance your current PBIS school plan or build a school-wide or district-wide team that will implement a PBIS program.

Who is this for?

The program is intended for teachers, administrators, counselors, coaches and anyone who is involved in a systemic approach to improving behavior in schools.

Program format

  • Campus classes with some web support
  • Start any time

Get started

Getting started in the PBIS classes at PSU is easy! There are no course prerequisites for program. We recommend you begin with the introductory course, School-Wide Positive Behavior Support, offered in summer and fall terms. You may take up to eight credits per term at PSU as a non-admitted student.

  1. Visit the Continuing Education website to register or to view available courses
  2. Register for the PBIS mailing list to get the latest information on upcoming events and courses


Tracy Williams-Murphy
Program Manager
1-800-547-8887 ext. 58102
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