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Fall 2021 Southwest Regional Workshop

  • 12 Nov 2021
  • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Virginia Highlands Small Business Incubator, Inc. 851 French Moore, Jr. Blvd., Suite 200, Abingdon, VA 24210


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Virginia Academy of School Psychologists

FALL 2021 Southwest Regional Workshop

November 12, 2021


Morning Topic: Special Topics relating to Autism


"But I heard ABA is Abuse" - when is the implementation of behavior science abusive, and why do we need to listen with empathy to acknowledge someone's lived experience while also working toward independence through research-based practices?




Autism on the Seas: Resource Spotlight (when traveling with challenging behaviors seems impossible to pursue)


Afternoon Topic: From a Social Justice Lens


Peeing (where), playing (with whom), and public panic: a social justice perspective on supporting our queer-identifying youth


Both sessions presented by Dr. Rachel Potter (bio attached)


8:30 a.m.  Registration and Networking

9:00a.m.  Morning Session

11:30 a.m.  Lunch on your own

1:00 p.m. Afternoon Session

              (Program should end by 3:30 p.m.)

Dr. Rachel Potter, BCBA-D, LBA, IBA

Director of Applied Behavior Analysis & Autism Studies

Associate Professor of Education

Mary Baldwin University


Dr. Rachel Potter is Director of Applied Behavior Analysis & Autism Studies, and Associate Professor of Education at Mary Baldwin University. With experience in general education, special education, K12 administration, behavior analysis, and higher education, Dr. Potter is a passionate advocate for effective pedagogy, technology-centered teaching and learning, open educational resources, and dissemination of best practice. Dr. Potter’s areas of ABA-related experience include early intervention, autism, incarcerated/detained youth, and a growing new interest in behavioral gerontology. Ongoing K12 focus areas include classroom & behavior management, special education, and advocacy for marginalized student groups (particularly students who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community). Her degrees are from the College of William & Mary and the University of Virginia.


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