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On-Demand: Setting up Shop: Clinic Design Considerations when Implementing RUBI


This ABAC On-Demand Event is Presented By

Dr. Karen Bearss

The presentation contains content from live events that aired in February 2021.

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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.

Target Audience: Professionals for whom the topic is within their scope of practice. The audiences that attended our live workshops since 2019 have include behavior analysts at the Master and Doctoral Degree level, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, certified counselors, social workers, teachers, SLPs, and more. We offer a wide range of continuing education credit opportunities for interested professionals.  We welcome students and others who are also interested in the topic to join us.


Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast research versus clinical implementation of RUBI
  • Identify exemplars of implementation of RUBI in a clinical setting
  • Select standardized assessment procedures that allow for patient characterization and outcomes assessment of RUBI in a clinical setting
  • Identify viable approaches to practice-related implementation considerations (e.g., billing, room lay out, incorporation of the child in session).
  • Select methods to incorporate trainees into a RUBI clinic model


  • 2 BACB CEUs (Learning)
  • 1.75 APA Credit Hours
  • 1.75 NBCC Credit Hours (Counseling Theory/Practice)
  • .2 AOTA Credit Hours Course Approval ID# 02210* (Includes Anticipated Quiz Time)
  • *The Applied Behavior Analysis Center is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 02210 . This distance learning-independent event is offered at .2 CEUs [Introductory Level | OT Service Delivery]. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures..2 AOTA Credit Hours Course Approval ID# 02210 * (Includes Anticipated Quiz Time)
  • Additional Credit Hours Pending. Please Check Back.


  • Attendance Verification and Passing Score on Post-test (80%) Required to Earn Continuing Education Credit
  • Participants are provided multiple opportunities to pass the post-test and provide attendance verification.
  • For ABAC's continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page.

If the abovementioned continuing education credit requirements are not met, participants will not receive continuing education credit. Partial credit will not be awarded. Refunds and transfers are not granted if requirements are not met. In the event additional support is necessary to achieve the expected outcomes (see below) please reach out to to request assistance.

Attendees who meet the continuing education credit requirements must also fill out a confidential evaluation. Once the evaluation is complete, the certificate can be found in the "My Certificates" tab in an attendee's personal dashboard.


After attending this event, attendees will select the correct answer on 80% of the questions within 3 attempts of the post-test that assesses the 5 learning objectives for this 2-hour event.


After January 1, 2022, all registrations will grant a three-month access period beginning at the time of purchase. 


Karen Bearss is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. She serves as Clinical Director of the Seattle Children's Autism Center where she also directs the RUBI Clinic. Dr. Bearss earned her B.S. in Psychology as well as her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Florida. She is a leading expert in the development, testing, and implementation of caregiver-mediated interventions for youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and co-occurring challenging behaviors. Dr. Bearss was a Co-Investigator on the multi-site NIMH collaborative study of parent training for disruptive behaviors in youth with ASD and was designated as the first author on the primary paper from this trial, published in JAMA. She also is the first author of the RUBI Parent Training Manual, now available as part of the Programs that Work series at Oxford University Press.


Dr. Bearss earns royalties from the sale of the Clinician's manual and Parent workbook on Oxford University Press. She also earns royalties from the sale of this and the other courses in the ABAC On-Demand RUBI Parent Training Instructional Series.


Overview: Event information, Requirements to earn continuing education, learning management system tips | Format: Text | Total Non-CE Eligible Engagement Time: 5 minutes | Total CE Eligible Engagement Time: 0 minutes

Presentation: Format: 4 Closed-Caption Enabled Videos | Total Non-CE Eligible Engagement Time: 0 minutes | Total CE Eligible Engagement Time: 112 minutes

Post-test: 15 post-test questions | Total anticipated time to complete: Approximately 15 minutes (CE eligible for some professions) | Passing score: 80%

Attendance Verification: Attendance Code Submission Form | Total anticipated time to complete: 2 minutes


  • PDF handouts of presentation slides
  • Short Screening
  • Intake Form
  • RUBI Clinic Policies and Procedures
  • References
  • Links to the FREE print and video resources available on Oxford University Press including the RUBI Supplemental Sessions


RUBI Clinician Manual & RUBI Parent Workbook