CABA Autism Conference 2018
Center for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis Friday, April 27, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (PDT) Seal Beach, CA

3rd Annual

CABA Autism Conference 2018

April 27, 2018

Preserving Quality ABA and

the Effective Implementation of Autism Treatment

Distinguished experts in the field of ABA and ASD join together for a day of education, discussion, and reflection


  • Behavior Analysts
  • Educators
  • Psychologists
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Parents
  • Anyone dedicated to ensuring children with ASD have access to quality treatment


Continuing education is offered for:

  • BACB (7 units, Type 2)
  • APA  (7 credits)
  • ASHA (0.6 units, (Intermediate level, Professional area)
  • MFT (7 hours)


  • $ 175 – Early Registration 
  • $ 200 – Conference Day

Registration includes lunch and cost of Continuing Education

Refunds can be requested up to 15 days prior to the event.  A $25 processing fee will be withheld.  For refunds, contact Joe Cihon via email at:


Seats fill very quickly for this event and pre-registration is required. To guarantee your attendance, register now.

When registering, you will choose your free lunch option for the day. If you are registering for Continuing Education (CE), have your license or certification number ready. You will need to enter it during the registration process.

If you have any questions, please contact Joe Cihon at:

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TOPIC: Parent Training for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Behavioral Difficulties

Tristram Smith, Ph.D., is the Haggerty-Friedman Professor of Developmental/Behavioral Pediatric Research at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), where he leads federally funded studies comparing the efficacy of different interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). He is also a clinician in URMC’s Community Consultation Program, serving students with ASD and other intellectual disabilities in schools and other agencies. His commitment to the study and treatment of children with ASD began in 1982, when he had the opportunity to volunteer as a buddy for an adult with autism who lived near his college. This experience inspired him to apply to graduate school at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied clinical psychology and worked as a therapist and researcher with O. Ivar Lovaas, Ph.D., in the UCLA Young Autism Project. Before moving to Rochester in 2000, he directed clinics for children with ASD and their families in the states of California, Iowa, and Washington. He has authored or coauthored several of the most widely-cited studies on treatment outcomes for children with ASD. 



TOPIC: Establishing Priorities for Early Intervention

Mark Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D received his doctorate degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University (1980), under the direction of Dr. Jack Michael. He is the author of the VB-MAPP, and co-author of the original ABLLS and the book Teaching Language to Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities. He has published over 50 professional papers and 6 book chapters. He is the founder and past editor of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior,a twice past-president of The Northern California Association for Behavior Analysis, a past-chair of the Publication Board of ABAI, and has served on the Board of Directors of the B. F. Skinner Foundation. Dr. Sundberg has given hundreds of conference presentations and workshops nationally and internationally, and taught 80 college and university courses on behavior analysis, verbal behavior, sign language, and child development. He is a licensed psychologist with over 40 years of experience. His awards include the 2001 “Distinguished Psychology Department Alumnus Award” from Western Michigan University, and the 2013 “Jack Michael Outstanding Contributions in Verbal Behavior Award” from ABAI’s Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group. 



TOPIC: EIBI, ASD and the Forward March of Behavior Analysis

Dr. Patrick C. Friman received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. He is the current Vice President of Behavioral Health at Boys Town and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska School of Medicine. He was formerly on the faculties of Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, and Creighton University Schools of Medicine.  He was also formerly the Director of the Clinical Psychology Program at University of Nevada as well as the Associate Chairman of the Department of Psychology. He is a Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and in three divisions of the American Psychological Association. He is the former Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysisand former President of the Association for Behavior Analysis International.  He is currently on the editorial boards of four peer reviewed journals. He has published more than 190 scientific articles and chapters and three books The primary focus of his scientific and clinical work in is in the area of Behavioral Pediatrics and Behavioral Medicine.  Dr. Friman’s work in behavioral pediatrics has concentrated on the gap between primary medical care for children on one side, and referral-based clinical child psychological and psychiatric care, on the other. A secondary focus is on adolescent behavior and development.  He also specializes in consultation regarding workplace issues such as motivation, dealing with difficult people, change, happiness and pathways to success. 



Tim Courtney, M.S., BCBA

TOPIC: “To adolescence, and beyond!”: Considerations for Meeting the Programming Needs of Older Children and Teens with Autism

Tim Courtney is foremost a behavior analyst who is passionate about the science of human behavior. His journey began with a chance meeting with a friend who explained her career as a behavior analyst. Tim was instantly intrigued, as this role was well aligned with his value for effective intervention. Highly motivated, he then quickly completed the coursework requirements to get his Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®) certification. Shortly thereafter, Tim enrolled in the Master of Applied Behavior Analysis program at Florida Institute of Technology. He had the amazing opportunity to work in several diverse settings: public schools, residential programs, center-based programs, and in private and group homes. Tim loved doing clinical work, and he found his calling when he shifted to operations and the system-wide performance of LittleStar. As a result, Tim’s research focus became the practice of behavior analysis — such as how to work with insurance companies — as well as management, supervision and leadership. Right now he’s working on his PhD in Leadership at Benedictine University. 




TOPIC: A Mile in My Moccasins: What You Think You Know, But Don’t Know About Being an Autism Parent

Lorri Shealy Unumb is a lawyer, professor, and the mother of three children – Ryan (15), who has classic autism; Christopher (11); and Jonathan (8), who has Asperger’s.  In 2005, she wrote ground-breaking autism insurance legislation for South Carolina (“Ryan’s Law”) that passed in 2007 and served as the catalyst for the national movement toward autism insurance reform.  Lorri began her work in autism advocacy as a volunteer.  In 2008, she was recruited by the New York-based non-profit Autism Speaks, where she now advocates full-time on behalf of individuals with autism.  As head of state government affairs, she has testified more than 100 times on health insurance issues in legislatures around the country. 

For her advocacy efforts, Lorri has been recognized with: the Jefferson Award for Public Service; the Autism Society of America 2008 “Parents of the Year” award (along with her husband Dan); the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s Michael Hemingway Award; the California Association of Behavior Analysts 2012 “Leadership in Law” Award; the Miss South Carolina Pageant 2012 “Woman of Achievement” Award; the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts 2013 “Jerry Shook” Award; the NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award; and the Professional Women in Advocacy “Excellence in a State Campaign” 2014 Award. 

Following law school, Lorri spent two years clerking for a United State District Judge and then enjoyed a fulfilling career as an appellate litigator with the United States Department of Justice, Civil Division.  She left DOJ to become a law professor at George Washington University Law School and later served as an inaugural faculty member at the Charleston School of Law.  While in Charleston, she hosted a weekly TV show called “The Law with Professor Lorri.” In 2008, Lorri served as Assistant Director in the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Education, running training programs at the National Advocacy Center. A frequent keynote speaker, Lorri still teaches a health law course at George Washington University Law School called “Autism and the Law.”  She and her husband Dan wrote the first-ever comprehensive textbook on legal issues related to autism, also called “Autism and the Law.” 




TOPIC: A Mile in My Moccasins: What You Think You Know, But Don’t Know About Being an Autism Parent

Mary Rosswurm started her career as a speech therapist. She joined Little Star in 2004 as the director then took 18 months off in 2008-2009 to spend time in Massachusetts and serve as the executive director of a Department of Education approved school for children with autism. She returned to Little Star as the executive director in the fall of 2009. As an active member in the autism community, Mary was appointed to the Indiana Commission on Autism in 2005 and served five terms until the Commission ended in 2013. Mary has served on the Board of Directors for ASAT (The Association of Science in Autism Treatment) and is the founder and board member of InPEAT (Indiana Providers of Effective Autism Treatment) a membership organization for Indiana autism service providers, which was founded in 2014.

Mary earned her MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University, and her Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Purdue University. She attended Penn State to earn a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Education and is currently pursuing a PhD in Leadership and Organizational Development. Mary has two adult sons, one of which has autism. She is also a new grandma!  Her research interests include fad treatments in autism and organizational behavior management. Mary believes that when done properly, ABA can change lives, no matter the age or level of disability.




TOPIC: A Mile in My Moccasins: What You Think You Know, But Don’t Know About Being an Autism Parent

Michele Trivedi is a graduate of the Xavier University Master’s Program in Health Services Administration (Cincinnati, OH) and was the Senior Director of Quality, Education and Managed Care for a 200+-health system owned physician primary care network in Cincinnati, Ohio, before she “retired” to care for her young daughter, who was diagnosed with autism at age three.

Michele’s daughter was the first child in the nation to access autism treatment coverage through a fully funded private insurance plan in an administrative court process which then required all such plans in the state to cover ABA therapy as medical treatment for autism for all subscribers, with no limitations based upon age, visits, treatment location or duration of treatment.  Because the Indiana Autism Mandate Law was passed in 2000, and ABA became standard coverage through Michele’s administrative court proceedings, all ACA plans in Indiana must cover autism and ABA. 

Michele worked with a parent-led coalition of autism advocates, The Arc of Indiana, Autism Society of Indiana and the Indiana Resource Center for Autism to achieve the nation’s first comprehensive health insurance reform law for autism in 2000.  Michele spent 3 years establishing the enforcement parameters of the Indiana Autism Mandate by fighting her daughter’s “test cases” for the enforcement of the mandate’s provisions.  The most intense fight, among the many, involved whether ABA was a medical treatment for autism, or an educational intervention and responsibility of the public schools.  With the help of Eric Larsson and Vince LaMarca of the Lovaas Institute for Early Intervention, she prevailed in establishing that all fully funded plans in the state of Indiana must cover ABA therapy for autism, retroactively to the date the law went into effect.  Also during this time, Michele led the advocacy to defeat so-called “Mandate Light” legislation, introduced by the insurance industry to, in effect, repeal the Autism Mandate law.  The Mandate Light bill would have allowed Indiana employers to select a mandate to exclude from their plan.  After attempts in three legislative sessions, the Mandate Light bill was defeated by her advocacy efforts.

Since 2000, Michele has volunteered thousands of hours on behalf of the autism community in many capacities and with several autism organizations.  In 2013, Michele worked with The Arc of Indiana to establish The Insurance Advocacy Resource Center (INARC).  Through the INARC, Michele provides free assistance to Indiana families to advocate for self-insured companies to add autism coverage, with appeals to their insurers, Medicaid policy development and implementation and establishing quality standards and network adequacy standards in the state for ABA providers.  Currently, Michele is advocating to have Indiana Medicaid add ABA therapy coverage for Traumatic Brain Injury under EPSDT.