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Staybridge Suites Hotel in Andover

With all the charm of New England & home-style amenities, the hotel suites in Andover features a full, hot breakfast buffet daily, an evening Sundowner Reception with light fare, a 24-hour BridgeMart convenience store & Fitness Center, free Wi-Fi access throughout & 5 miles of free shuttle service.
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Andover is a suburban community located 20 miles north of Boston at the intersection of I-495 and I-93. Because of Andover's convenient location it is home to many of the largest high tech firms. Among them are Hewlett-Packard, Raytheon, Digital and Gillette.

Andover offers an excellent highly rated school system along with the highest quality private schools which include Phillips Academy and the Pike School.

Andover provides a small town atmosphere in high quality residential neighborhoods to family homeowners while simultaneously offering big town service to corporate residents in attractive campus settings.

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10th Annual ISEEN Institute


When: Jan 21, 2015 5 PM in Andover, Massachusetts (Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17 )
Lorna Simpson
When: Sep 20, 2015 12 AM to Jan 4, 2015 12 AMin Andover, Massachusetts (Sun, 20 Sep 2015 00 )
The Joe Mack Band
1st time in

When: Jan 30, 2015 3 PM in Andover, Massachusetts (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15 )
After Language Training: Teaching Persons with Severe Problem Behavior How to Tolerate Delays and Denials

Effective Strategies for Teaching Children to Wait

Gregory P. Hanley, Ph.D., BCBA-D

3 Credits - BCBA Type II CEU

The effectiveness of treatments for problem behavior, like functional communication training depend on the extent to which the treatment can be extended to and maintained in typical environments that include unavoidable and unpredictable delays to reinforcement. The effectiveness of treatments for chronic stereotypy also depends on the extent to which children can tolerate periods of time in which stereotypy is not allowed. In general, not being able to obtain that which is requested and or engage in stereotypy often evokes problem behavior in persons with autism. This seminar will describe the essential components of treatments for teaching persons with autism to (a) tolerate delays to and denials of requested reinforcers and (b) engage in stereotypy only during periods in which it does not interfere with learning or social interactions.

Dr. Hanley has been applying the principles of learning to improve socially important behaviors of children and adults with and without disabilities for over 20 years. He worked and trained at the Spurwink School, the Groden Center, and the Kennedy Krieger Institute, was degreed at the University of Florida, was tenured at the University of Kansas, and is currently a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Behavior Analysis Doctoral Program at Western New England University and an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Hanley has published over 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals in areas such as the assessment and prevention of problem behavior, teaching tactics for young children, and evidence-based values. Dr. Hanley is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 25), past Editor of Behavior Analysis in Practice (BAP), and a past Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Behavior Analyst, and BAP.



When: Jan 14, 2015 3 PM to Jan 14, 2015 6 PMin Andover, Massachusetts
Cost: 50.00 true ESS January 2015 50.00

(Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15 )
JackRabbit Slims Band
Catch JackRabbit Slims at one of our favorite venues. Come with friends and family for dinner and stay for the music and dancing.

When: Jan 10, 2015 9 PM in Andover, Massachusetts (Sat, 10 Jan 2015 21 )
USA Gap Year Fair- Andover, MA

Come join us at Philips Andover Academy on February 1st for an incredible FREE opportunity to learn about a number of life changing gap year programs from around the world! USA Gap Year Fairs is a national circuit of events that bring together reputable Gap Year organizations, interested students and parents, high school college counselors and the Gap Year experts. These events are designed to provide students with a broad exposure of Gap Year Programs and the opportunity for face to face conversations with the people who work in the field. For students and parents interested in Gap Year, these fairs are the legitimate source to connect with reputable organizations that focus on Education, Service and Personal Growth.

USA Gap Year Fairs also feature a speaker at each event who provides an interactive approach to Gap Year and the variety of offerings. There is a question and answer session with each speaker so that interested students and parents can learn about the entire Gap Year process; from applications, to deferring freshman year, to re-entering college when they return. In the past, such speakers have included Rae Nelson and Karl Haigler who co-wrote the well known book, The Gap Year Advantage, as well as Holly Bull from the Center for Interim Programs.

If you have any questions, please visit our website at usagapyearfairs.org! You can also visit our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter. See you in Andover!

*Speaker at 3 PM, Fair at 3:30PM



When: Feb 1, 2015 3 PM to Feb 1, 2015 5 PMin Andover, Massachusetts (Sun, 01 Feb 2015 15 )
2015 Neighboring Communities Concert - A Collaborative Connection
Join us for our first annual Neighboring Communities Concert that will feature choirs from Andover High (Director, Mr. Mark Mercer), Chelmsford High (Director, Ms. Amanda Roeder), and North Andover High (Director, Ms. Sara Durkin). It is our goal, through the power of music, to support each other's communities and help grow our music programs and the love and appreciation of music. This is an event that you will want to be sure not to miss! Adult - $8.00 Student - $5.00

When: Feb 5, 2015 7 PM in Andover, Massachusetts
Cost: $5.00 - $8.00 (Thu, 05 Feb 2015 19 )
Practical and Time-Efficient Strategies for Training Staff

Practical and Time Efficient Strategies for Training Staff

Dennis H. Reid, Ph.D., BCBA-D

3 Credits - BCBA Type II CEU

This presentation will describe ways to make effective staff training programs practical and time-efficient for application in schools and other human service agencies. Initially, a brief review of an evidence-based, behavioral skills training protocol for teaching important work skills to staff will be presented. Next, a pyramidal approach will be described as a means of involving staff supervisors and other people indigenous to an agency in the staff training process (and reducing the amount of training time for an individual trainer) with the evidence-based protocol. Next, conditions will be described that suggest when brief, on-the-job or in-situ training is likely to be effective for training staff in lieu of more time-consuming training programs carried out with groups of staff. An applied research program that illustrates application of brief on-the-job training will likewise be presented. Other means of reducing the amount of staff training time will also be summarized, including the advantages and disadvantages of using visual media (e.g., on-line or web-based training).

Dr. Dennis Reid has over 40 years of experience as a clinician and supervisor in educational, residential, and community support settings for people with autism and intellectual disabilities, and has consulted with human service agencies in the majority of states of the United States as well as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. He has published over 140 refereed journal articles and book chapters focusing on applied behavior analysis and authored or co-authored eight books. His Motivating Human Service Staff book is now in its 2nd Edition and received the Writers Digest Certificate of Merit Award. Dennis is also the senior author of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) Supervisory Training Curriculum. In 2007 he was awarded Fellowship status in the Association for Behavior Analysis International and in 2006 received the AAIDD International Research Award. Dennis is the founder and current director of the Carolina Behavior Analysis and Support Center in Morganton, North Carolina, USA. His company has employed people with autism and other severe disabilities in a supported work capacity for 19 years.

Recommended Readings:

Parsons, M. B., Rollyson, J. H., & Reid, D. H. (2012). Evidence-based staff training: A guide for practitioners. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 5, 2-11.

Parsons, M. B., Rollyson, J. H., & Reid, D. H. (2013). Teaching practitioners to conduct behavioral skills training: A pyramidal approach for training multiple human service staff. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 6, 4-16.



When: Mar 19, 2015 3 PM to Mar 19, 2015 6 PMin Andover, Massachusetts
Cost: 50.00 true ESS March 2015 50.00

(Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15 )
The Rockin' Robin


When: Dec 24, 2014 2 PM in Andover, Massachusetts (Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14 )
Overcoming Adversity with Attitude, Choice, and Purpose

Overcoming Adversity with Attitude, Choice, and Purpose

Julia Fox Garrison

This event will be a 75 minute presentation with a reception to follow.

Presentation, Reception, and Book Signing: $50.00

Presentation only: $35.00

Julia Fox Garrison is the author of Dont Leave Me This Way (or when I get back on my feet youll be sorry). The book chronicles her struggle to regain control over her life and her body, following a massive hemorrhage resulting in a paralyzing stroke. Julia has harnessed her first-hand experience in battling the medical establishment into a compelling message of strength and hope. Wielding her trademark humor and optimism, she transcends the sobering subject of stroke to show how anyone facing a life challenge can overcome adversity through laughter, boundless enthusiasm and unflinching determination.

Julia has been a special guest on local, US and Canadian television and radio programs. She is a highly sought after and acclaimed Keynote Speaker, conducting hundreds of lectures and presentations nationwide. Julia has lectured at medical conferences where she evangelizes for humaneness in medicine. Speaking from the patients perspective, she espouses the value of quality patient care. She also speaks to support and patient advocacy groups, businesses and community organizations where she shares her story of personal triumph against overwhelming odds.

Julia was raised in Andover, MA, in a loving if chaotic household with eight brothers; an upbringing that no doubt made her battle ready for the literal fight of her life. She graduated from Katherine Gibbs School, Boston and Champlain College, Burlington, VT. Julia was an accomplished Manager of Software Support at her company when she suffered the debilitating injury that effectively ended her career in the corporate world. Thus began her journey of rediscovery. Julia currently resides with her husband Jim, son Rory, and dog Shaggy in a suburb outside Boston.

Recommended Reading:

Garrison, J. F. (2007). Dont Leave Me This Way (or when I get back on my feet youll be sorry). New York, NY: HarperCollins Publisher.



When: May 14, 2015 5 PM to May 14, 2015 8 PMin Andover, Massachusetts
Cost: 50.00 true ESS May 2015. Presentation & Reception 50.00

35.00 true ESS May 2015. Presentation ONLY 35.00

(Thu, 14 May 2015 17 )
Identifying the Elements and Process for Ethical Decision Making in Behavior Analysis

Identifying the Elements and Process for Ethical Decision Making in Behavior Analysis

Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA-D

3 Credits - BCBA Type II CEU

Being an ethical behavior analyst is a complex skill set, requiring both knowledge of our professional guidelines and the ability to implement them in variable and challenging contexts. In this discussion, we will review the Guidelines for Responsible Conduct, and will identify core themes and responsibilities. We will then review several sample scenarios, and discuss the decision making tree that would assist a behavior analyst in identifying the best and most ethical course of action. In this process, we will discuss strategies for identifying ethical solutions and will identify resources that are available to assist us in these decisions.

Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA-D has been working as a behavior analyst serving people with autism for over 25 years. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University in 1990, and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2000. She is currently a Professor at Endicott College, where she directs the Masters Program in ABA and Autism. She previously served as Director of Research and Training and as Clinical Director of the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers University for 16 years. In recent years, she has been an adjunct faculty member and has taught graduate courses in ABA at Rutgers University and New York University. Her clinical and research interests center on defining best practice ABA techniques, on evaluating the impact of ABA in learners with autism spectrum disorders, and in maximizing family members expertise and adaptation. She is a regular presenter at regional and national conferences on topics relevant to ABA and autism. She is a past president of the Autism Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysis, a former member of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts Board of Directors, and currently serves on the ethics committee of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, on the Scientific Council of the Organization for Autism Research, on the Legislative Affairs Committee of the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis, and on the Board of Trustees of Autism NJ.

Recommended Readings:

BACB Guidelines for Responsible Conduct and Disciplinary Standards

Bailey, J.S. and Burch, M.R. (2011). Ethics for Behavior Analysts (2nd Ed).



When: Apr 23, 2015 3 PM to Apr 23, 2015 6 PMin Andover, Massachusetts
Cost: 50.00 true ESS April 2015 50.00

(Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15 )
A Comprehensive Training Program for Functional Analyses and Treatment Development

A Comprehensive Training Program for Functional Analyses and Treatment Development

James Chok, Ph.D., BCBA-D & Jill M. Harper, Ph.D., BCBA-D

3 Credits - BCBA Type II CEU

A functional analysis (FA) is a systematic experimental methodology used in the assessment process to determine a behaviors maintaining variables prior to treatment selection. Research has shown that selecting interventions based upon the results of an FA greatly improves treatment outcomes for problem behavior (e.g., Pelios, Morren, Tesch, & Axelrod, 1999; Hastings & Noone, 2005). Moreover, inaccurate interpretation of FA data can lead to the selection of ineffective interventions, and possibly interventions that inadvertently exacerbate problem behavior (e.g., Iwata, Pace, Cowdery, & Miltenberger, 1994). Thus, utilizing FAs to guide treatment selection is important for behavior analysts working within applied settings. Although designing and conducting functional analyses, and using the results to guide treatment selection, are important skill sets for behavior analysts to possess, the research literature does not yet offer any published examples of how to effectively train the myriad skills that make up this process. The current training is designed to teach practitioners how to train these skills in applied settings.

James Chok is a licensed psychologist, neuropsychologist, and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Dr. Chok received his doctoral degree from the University of North Carolina and completed a one year internship and two year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He currently serves as the Behavioral Neuropsychologist and Director of Clinical Services for the Residential Treatment Facility at Melmark Pennsylvania. He has authored several papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presented research findings at numerous professional conferences. In 2011, Dr. Chok was the recipient of the Outstanding Practitioner Award given by the Berkshire Association for Applied Behavior Analysis and Therapy. He is currently investigating the assessment and treatment of obsessive-compulsive behavior in individuals with autism spectrum disorders, teaches courses in behavior analysis at UMASS Boston and Endicott College, and is the Vice President of the New Hampshire chapter of the International OCD Foundation.

Jill Harper first studied behavior analysis at the University of New Hampshire where she received her undergraduate degree in Family Studies and Psychology in 2003. She later earned her Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University and received her Board Certification in Behavior Analysis (BCBA) in 2006 and her doctoral degree in Psychology with a concentration of Behavior Analysis through the University of Florida in 2012. Jill joined Melmark New England in 2012 as an Assistant Clinical Director. Prior to joining Melmark New England, Jill held several positions at the New England Center for Children and served clients with Prader-Willi Syndrome at the Alachua Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC) in Florida. In addition to direct service, she has been actively involved in the field of behavior analysis through academic instruction, training and supervision of staff, as well as the design and dissemination of applied research.

Recommended Reading:

Chok, J. T., Shlesinger, A. S., Studer, L. S., & Bird, F. (2012). Description of a Practitioner Training Program on Functional Analysis and Treatment Development. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 5 (2), 25-36.



When: Feb 19, 2015 3 PM to Feb 19, 2015 6 PMin Andover, Massachusetts
Cost: 50.00 true ESS February 2015 50.00

(Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15 )
ASQ Merrimack Valley Class: Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE)

Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence

(CMQ/OE)

Dates: 01/06-03/03, Tuesdays (includes one break week and one contingency week)

Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm

Location: Philips Healthcare, Building 2,3000 Minuteman Rd, Andover, MA

Instructor: John Perigaut

Cost: $495 (textbook included)

Textbook: CMQ/OE Handbook, Fourth Edition, by R. Westcott

ASQMV's Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE) prep course consists of seven weeks of top-level instruction designed to help quality professionals pass the CMQ/OE exam. A CMQ/OE leads and champions process-improvement initiatives everywhere from small businesses to multinational corporations that can have regional or global focus in a variety of service and industrial settings. The CMQ/OE facilitates and leads team efforts to establish and monitor customer/supplier relations, supports strategic planning and deployment initiatives, and helps develop measurement systems to determine organizational improvement. The CMQ/OE should be able to motivate and evaluate staff, manage projects and human resources, analyze financial situations, determine and evaluate risk and employ knowledge management tools and techniques in resolving organizational challenges.


For students currently certified through ASQ, this course provides 2.1 recertification units (RUs) to count towards your recertification goal.


Course Outline:Session 1 (01/06):



When: Jan 6, 2015 5 PM to Mar 3, 2015 8 PMin Andover, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Tue, 06 Jan 2015 17 )
Ward Reservation Winter Fun Day


When: Jan 25, 2015 12 AM in Andover, Massachusetts
Cost: FREE

(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00 )
2015 New England Show Choir Showdown
Join us for the 2015 New England Show Choir Showdown on March 21st, 2015! Come see groups from all over the nation perform for the 2015 New England Show Choir Showdown Champion title! Experience amazing show choir shows with high-end lighting and sound! You won't want to miss these groups raise the bar... and then climb over it! For more information, visit: http://www.showchoirshowdown.com/ Adults - $17.00 Child (12 & Under) - $10.00 Senior Citizen (65+) - $10.00

When: Mar 21, 2015 9 AM in Andover, Massachusetts
Cost: $10.00 - $17.00 (Sat, 21 Mar 2015 09 )
Exterior Spaces, Interior Places

Dec 20, 2014: 10 am - 5 pm (Sat)



When: Dec 21, 2014 1 PM in Andover, Massachusetts (Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13 )
Dwight Tryon and American Tonalism

Dec 20, 2014: 10 am - 5 pm (Sat)



When: Dec 21, 2014 10 AM in Andover, Massachusetts (Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10 )
New England Bridal Affair Wedding Expo at the Wyndham Andover

The Bridal show where every exhibitor meets the bride and every bride meets the exhibitor! Get Married!

Meet New England Best in the Wedding Industry , florist, limos, wedding venues, cakes, bridal dresses, registry and many more. We host 15 shows a year in the Boston area.

The only bridal show that will give away a trip to Paris to one lucky bride!

Must be present to win! Giveaways and Prizes at every show!



When: Jan 18, 2015 1 PM to Jan 18, 2015 3 PMin Andover, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Sun, 18 Jan 2015 13 )
New Year's Eve Comedy with Hypnotist Joe DeVito
Laugh your way into 2015 with acclaimed comedy hypnotist Joe DeVito! Joe has performed his fast-paced, exciting, and totally hilarious stage show to packed houses across the US. You wont want to miss his return to the Merrimack Valley in this special New Years Eve event. Doors open at 6:00pm, with a buffet dinner served at 7:00pm. Showtime is 8:00pm. Tickets for dinner and the show are just $75.00 each. A limited number of show only tickets are available for $40.00.

When: Dec 31, 2014 6 PM in Andover, Massachusetts
Cost: Dinner and show - $75.00. Show only, $40.00. (Wed, 31 Dec 2014 18 )

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