2024 Summer Institute

2024 Summer Institute

2024 Summer Institute

“Key Considerations and Strategies for Fostering Students’ Academic and Behavioral Success” is a two-day, 10-hour summer preparatory workshop for educators and school personnel who will be working with students with autism, anxiety, and/or behavioral disorders.

The Summer Institute will be presented by David Meichenbaum, Ph.D., Clinical Director of the Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic at The Summit Center.

Session 1: July 9 & 10 (In-Person Only)
8:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Summit’s Conference Center
75 Pineview Dr., Suite 200
Amherst, NY 14228
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Session 2: July 16 & 17 (Virtual Only)
8:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
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Registration is $325 and includes CTLEs and Psychology CEUs.

If written cancellation is received 48 hours prior to the start of the workshop, the cost of the workshop will be fully refunded.  

Please note: The CTLEs and Psychology CEUs issued for this workshop are approved in the State of New York. Participants must be present for the entire 2 day workshop. Partial credits will not be given. Individuals residing outside of New York are recommended to check with their state to determine if New York approved CTLEs and Psychology CEUs will be accepted.

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About the Summer Institute

Learning Objectives


Participants will be able to:

1. Identify the unique challenges students with autism, behavioral disorders, and/or anxiety may have transitioning into new educational settings.

2. Indicate key pieces of information to consider/ascertain prior to a transition to a new school year to foster success.

3. Specify at least 10 tools/strategies that can be used to facilitate transitional, social, emotional, behavioral, and learning success.

4. Identify components of an effective individualized intervention plan (i.e., IIP) to build independence.

5. Understand and identify the role of “TEAM” in developing adaptive alternative behaviors and building generalization.

6. Utilize at least 3 techniques to increase positive thinking, for children with autism, anxiety, and/or behavioral challenges.

7. Recognize the importance of collecting data and specify ‘do-able’ data collection systems to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of used strategies.


Day 1

8:30 a.m. – Workshop Overview

8:45 a.m. – Factors That Impact Successful Transitions

9:30 a.m. – Getting to Know Your Next Student: Understanding Disabilities, Mental Health Challenges, and Its Impact on Learning

10:30 a.m. – Preparing and Setting Up for Success: The Role of Placement, Related Services & “Team”

11:30 a.m. – Lunch (on your own)

12:30 p.m. – Strategies to Enhance Learning and Independence: ‘Accommodating’ vs. ‘Unaccommodating’ Accommodations and Other Classroom Practices

2:30 p.m. – End of Day

Day 2

8:30 a.m. – Strategies for Fostering Social Emotional Learning

9:30 a.m. – Responding to Challenging Behaviors: Assessment, Prevention & Responses to Build Adaptive Alternative Behaviors

11:30 a.m. – Lunch (on your own)

12:30 p.m. – Building Positive Thinking in Anxious and Negative Thinkers

1:30 p.m. – Evaluating Success: Establishing Doable Data-Tracking Methods

2:00 p.m. – Anticipating and Overcoming Barriers/Putting It All Together

2:30 p.m. – End of Day

About the Presenter

About David Meichenbaum, Ph.D.

Dr. Meichenbaum is a NYS licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the diagnostic evaluation and treatment of developmental and mental health disorders. He is both the Clinical Director of the Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic and the Director of Community Consulting and Clinical Services at The Summit Center in Amherst, NY.

During his 20 years at The Summit Center, Dr. Meichenbaum has delivered over 350 presentations locally and nationally to thousands of educators, school staff, mental health workers, and parents/caregivers.  His presentations are lauded for being engaging, inspiring, and full of practical solutions that take into consideration the various barriers school and family systems are faced with.

Dr. Meichenbaum is also a highly sought after consultant.  He has been contracted by more than 70 school districts, for whom he offers practical behavioral and educational strategies that focus on the academic, social, emotional, adaptive, and behavioral development of students with autism spectrum, disruptive behavior, and mental health disorders.  Dr. Meichenbaum is innovative in adapting cognitive-behavioral interventions for students of all learning and cognitive levels.

Dr. Meichenbaum graduated with his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and he completed his clinical internship at Duke University Medical Center.