Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Center for Counselor Training and Services will host Dr. Laura Riffel, of Lawrence, Kan., for a one-day workshop on functional behavior assessment Dec. 5. The workshop will be held at IUP's Eberly College of Business and Information Technology Alumni Auditorium.

Riffel is a behavior specialist who has trained thousands of teachers, parents, counselors, psychologists, administrators and bus drivers on how to make data-based decisions as a way to change behavior.

She has worked in education for more than 30 years and has taught preschool children through adults. She has taught regular and special education and has also worked in alternative schools, juvenile justice centers and therapeutic foster care. She is an adjunct professor at three universities.

Riffel also serves as the webmaster for the National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. She is the director of Behavior Doctor Seminars, a company dedicated to sharing the science behind changing behavior. She is also a consultant for the Bureau of Education Research.

Additional information about her work can be obtained at her website,

The IUP Center for Counseling Training and Services offers professional workshops and training for community and school counselors and other mental health professionals throughout the region. It is directed by Dr. John McCarthy, professor in the IUP department of counseling.

For more information about this event and future workshops, call the center at (724) 357-3807 or visit the website at Credit card registrations are available by calling the IUP Research Institute at (724) 357-2223.