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Legal Issues When Schools Provide Applied Behavior Analysis Services & the Use of Restrictive Procedures

March 20, 2015
Mt. Laurel, NJ
 6 Dept. Education CE's

Fri. March. 20, 2015

Registration 8:15 am
Workshop 8:45am-2:15pm
The Westin Hotel Conference Center
555 Fellowship Rd., Mt. Laurel NJ 08054 

Tony DiCesare, M.Ed. Esq.
Matt Linder, BCBA
Christopher J. Manente, Ph.D., BCBA
Brett DiNovi, BCBA

Guest Speaker Dr. Buzz Mingen

Who Should Attend?
Child Study Team Members
Board Certified Behavior Analysts
CMO Care Managers
Perform Care Providers
Anyone Developing or Implementing behavior plans
About the Workshop

This workshop addresses how to avoid egregious errors commonly made in schools & other professionals that often result in poor outcomes for providers when litigated. These problems often occur as a result of not providing ABA services or providing them in an inappropriate manner. In addition, the taboo topic of punishment is examined to maintain students in the least restrictive environment. 

  • Participants will identify specific applications of ABA in schools that mitigate liability for schools
  • Participants will state examples of inappropriate
    uses of ABA resulting in litigation and
    poor outcomes for schools
  • Participants will examine case law that provides valuable guidance when IDEA guidelines are not clear regarding the FBA, behavior intervention plans, in-home services, unilateral placement, FAPE, & LRE
  • Participants will describe appropriate use of restrictive ABA procedures and the clinical monitoring of them in schools
  • Participants will describe ABA procedures to prevent the use of physical interventions for severe behaviors and best practices when they are needed in emergency situations
  • Participants will determine appropriate uses of punishment procedures going beyond content required to become certified as a BCBA 


About Brett DiNovi Associates LLC

 We have over 110 consultants providing applied behavior analysis (ABA) services in over 70 school districts/organizations throughout NJ, DE, PA, NY, & US Virgin Islands.


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About the Presenters



Tony DiCesare, M.Ed., Esq.

 Director of Corporate Relations

 Brett DiNovi & Associates, LLC


As an attorney having working in the area of special education, Tony approaches clinical and business situations with a unique point of view. Understanding the rights of school districts and learners allows him to make informed recommendations for programming backed by case law and the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). While having an established repertoire in ABA, Tony specializes in resolving differences among child study teams and guardians, training others in consultative etiquette, and working with individuals in the Asperger's and Behavior Disorder population. He is driven by his interest in program development, systems level interventions, transition planning/supported employment, and community integration. Tony's 15 years of experience working in residential treatment facilities, as an adjunct professor at Holy Family University (10 years), as an attorney, and a behavioral consultant, allows a comprehensive understanding of all aspects and perspectives in any given situation involving necessitated behavior change.


 Brett DiNovi, BCBA


 Brett DiNovi & Associates, LLC


Brett has the unique and distinguished experience of studying the principles of applied behavior analysis under the rigorous scrutiny of both Dr. Julie S. Vargas (formerly Skinner) and Dr. E.A. Vargas at West Virginia University's nationally recognized graduate program. For the past 23 years, Brett has used behavior analytic principles to create large scale change across school districts, fortune 500 companies, and across individual learners. Brett has been an instructor at West Virginia University, a guest lecturer at numerous universities, a speaker on multiple Comcast Newsmakers TV programs, an expert witness in NJ due process hearings, published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, and in executive leadership positions across schools and residential programs nationwide. In addition to his company's award by South Jersey Biz Magazine for "Best Places to Work", Suburban Magazine readers choice award for "Best of Family", and "Top Ranked U.S. Executives" Brett's proudest accomplishment is being a role model and father for his daughter and two step children (one of whom has autism). 


Christopher J. Manente, Ph.D., BCBA

Assistant Professor, Caldwell University

Behavioral Consultant, Brett DiNovi & Associates, LLC


Christopher J. Manente is an Assistant Professor of Education at Caldwell University and a behavioral consultant working in schools across NJ.  Previously, he served as the Senior Program Coordinator of Adult Services at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers University. Dr. Manente has ten years of experience working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders and has authored articles in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and has presented at both local and national conferences.  Dr. Manente's research interests include the assessment and treatment of challenging behavior, the ethics of using punishment in treatment, behavioral economics, and the role of choice in treatment.  In addition, Dr. Manente is a strong advocate for the advancement of community based educational, vocational, and residential opportunities for older learners with autism.  



Matt Linder, BCBA

Executive Clinical Director

Brett DiNovi & Associates, LLC


As the Executive Clinical Director, Matt provides both in-vivo training in schools and pull out workshop supervision to consultants. He draws experience from behavior analytic work with adults and children in residential, school and vocational settings. With experience providing clinical services to individuals with behavioral needs added to the years of experience living with a sister on the autism spectrum, Matt is able to analyze and approach various behavioral scenarios with a unique insight. As a Certified Safe and Positive Approaches trainer, he exhibits particular expertise in managing individuals in crisis situations, creating therapeutic behavior change, training parents and staff members on behavior plans, function-based interventions, and matching appropriate behavior principles to individual situations. Within a comprehensive knowledge of behavioral analytic principles, Matt expresses more specific interest in secondary principles of behavior change procedures, alternative methods of functional behavior assessment, matching law, and transfer of stimulus control.


Fees & Details

$95 All Participants ($53 if paid by 2/28/15)

$20 Students: require college ID proof 

$20 Parents of individuals with severe behaviors


Workshop Includes Continental Breakfast (but no lunch)

Lunch is available at cost to participants during a 45 break at the hotel restaurant


8:15 am Registration
8:45 am - 2:15 pm Workshop


Place: Westin Hotel Conference Center 
555 Fellowship Rd, Mt Laurel, NJ 08054
(856) 778-7300


Credit Card Purchases, Purchase Orders or checks must be received 
2/28/15 for 45% discount
registration must occur at 
Checks or PO's Mail to:
Brett DiNovi & Associates, LLC
PO Box 8223
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 


Seating is limited to the first 350 participants that register.

For more info go to
Please contact Chasity Bright with any questions at 856-628-1686

All BACB CE recipients need to sign in & sign out with the monitor at this event
Event Level is Intermediate & designed for both BCBA's & BCaBA's