Professional Development

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is proven to have the highest rate of success in treating Autism Spectrum Disorder. Applied Behavior Analysis training is best received from highly trained professionals who have extensive fieldwork experience and knowledge of Applied Behavior Analysis and ABA therapy. TOTAL Programs’ professional development trainings provide its learners with all the ABA methods needed to work effectively with children with autism and other special needs. Trainings will help the learner understand why problem behavior occurs and what intervention can be implemented to reduce problem behavior and increase prosocial behavior. Trainings can be tailored to best fit the learners, ranging from individuals just starting out in the field to individual advanced in ABA knowledge and experience.

These trainings include:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis 101: Form and Function
  • Behavior Change Procedures
  • Increasing Independence: Prompting and Fading
  • Teaching New Behaviors: Shaping and Chaining
  • Counseling Strategies: Working with Parents
  • Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Discrete Trial Trainings
  • Natural Environment Training
  • Functional Behavior Assessment
  • Mindfulness
  • Verbal Behavior
  • Language and Social Development
Additional professional development opportunities offered directly by Dr. Sean Surfas, Founder and Executive Director of TOTAL Programs, include:
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Continuing Education for Licensed Educational Psychologists
  • Autism-Discovering and Understanding the Root of Behaviors in the Individual with Autism
  • Stress Reduction Strategies for Families and/or Others Living with Individuals with Autism
  • Teaching Strategies When Working with Children with Attention Deficit Disorder with/out Hyperactivity or Tourette’s Syndrome
Trainings have been conducted in schools for teachers and students supporters, for parents groups, at continuing education conferences, ect.  To learn more about upcoming workshops or schedule a presentation featuring  Dr. Surfas and his team of Board Certified Behavior Analysts, please contact us at or 1-626-355-5160.
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