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2/21/20 – Setting up Shop: Clinic Design Considerations when Implementing RUBI


LIVE Webinar: Friday, February 21, 2020

Recording Availability: February 22, 2020- February 28, 2020 

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General Information

Title: Setting up Shop: Clinic Design Considerations when Implementing RUBI

Presented By: Karen Bearss, PhD

Date: Friday, February 21, 2020

Time: 11:00 am -1:00 pm eastern (New York) 

Recording Availability: February 22, 2020- February 28, 2020 5 pm eastern



There is a pressing need to close the chasm between demonstrated efficacy of interventions for youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) validated under ideal conditions and their effectiveness when implemented in community settings. With over a dozen published research studies, The Research Unit on Behavioral Interventions (RUBI) Autism Network Parent Training Program has been found to be acceptable to parents, reliably delivered by trained therapists, and effective in reducing disruptive behavior when evaluated under ideal conditions (i.e. efficacy trials). RUBI is emerging as an important component of short-term, effective treatment for children with ASD and has been expanding reach into “real-word” clinical practice. This workshop focuses on considerations and intervention modifications required to successfully transition RUBI, as studied in a clinical trial, into a viable service for community practitioners.

Learning Objectives


After attending this webinar participants should be able to:

1)  Compare and contrast research versus clinical implementation of RUBI

2) Identify exemplars of implementation of RUBI in a clinical setting

3) Select standardized assessment procedures that allow for patient characterization and outcomes assessment of RUBI in a clinical setting

4) Identify viable approaches to practice-related implementation considerations (e.g., billing, room lay out, incorporation of the child in session).

5) Select methods to incorporate trainees into a RUBI clinic model
















Presenter Bio and Disclosure Statement

Karen Bearss is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. She earned her B.S. in Psychology as well as her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Florida. Prior to joining the UW community, she served as an Associate Research Scientist at the School of Nursing and Child Study Center at Yale University and Assistant Professor at Emory University where her work focused on parenting interventions for children with disruptive behaviors, as well as the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments into community mental health centers. At UW, her research continues to focus on developing, evaluating and implementing evidence-based parenting interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Dr. Bearss also directs the RUBI Clinic at the Seattle Children’s Autism Center.

Disclosure Statement:

Dr. Bearss receives residual payments from Oxford University Press through their sales of the RUBI Clinician Manual and accompanying Parent Workbook. Dr. Bearss also receives speaker fees for presenting this and all other webinars in the RUBI Parent Training Instructional Series.


Credit Hour Information

  • Certified/Licensed Behavior Analysts: 2 CEUs
  • Psychologists, Social workers and counselors: 2 Continuing Ed Credits

Only behavior analysts and psychologists may view ABAC  recordings for continuing education credit (If eligible). All other professions must attend live.

For ABAC’s continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page


11:00 am: Introduction
11:05 am: Webinar begins
12:45 pm Q & A session
1:00 pm: Evaluation, post-test and attendance code submission forms