Endorsed VPBS Facilitator
Opportunities for Training
The next PBS Training will occur starting in January 2021. Participants in training should plan to participate in online classes that will occur weekly for 12 months. In order to become Endorsed as a Positive Behavior Support Facilitator in Virginia, candidates must submit a portfolio that demonstrates his or her knowledge, skills, and abilities. The portfolio is reviewed by an Endorsement Board assembled through the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University, for demonstration of knowledge, skills and abilities that have been approved by the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) and the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDS). When submitting a portfolio, permission is being given by the candidate to the VPBS Project at Virginia Commonwealth University to share it with the VPBS Endorsement Board and with others who are interested in future endorsement. Before submitting a plan, all identifying information about the person with whom the plan was developed must be changed or blacked out to protect their confidentiality. This includes names, geographic locations, agency names and any other potentially identifying facts.
Standard Process for Endorsement Training
Professionals who are interested in becoming an Endorsed VPBS Facilitator may apply to attend upcoming training sessions. Applicants must have earned a college degree from an accredited university. A degree in the human services field is preferred. Applicants must also have experience in supporting people with a disability for at least 3 of the past 5 years. If employed, their employer must agree to their participation in training sessions, mentoring sessions, and approve time for their employee to complete the required portfolio for endorsement. VPBS training is a rigorous commitment that involves multiple training classes, homework, reading, and intensive writing. Participants in training are also assigned a mentor who meets with trainees in small groups to supervise their plans for submission of a portfolio.