Delivering RUBI in the Age of COVID: Lessons learned 5 Months Later


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General Information

Title: Delivering RUBI in the Age of COVID: Lessons Learned 5 Months Later

Presented By: Karen Bearss, PhD, Associate Professor; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Seattle Children’s Autism Center, University of Washington

Date: Aired Live August 12, 2020

Time: 7:00 pm- 8:00 pm eastern (New York)

Recording Availability: Closes 8/28/20 at 11:59 pm



Given its extensive line of research, the The Research Unit on Behavioral Interventions (RUBI) Autism Network RUBI program can now be considered an empirically supported treatment for parents of children with ASD and disruptive behavior. It is now ready for wider implementation. RUBI has taken strides in expanding its reach into communities. With the onset of COVID-19, however, modifications to the delivery of RUBI have been a necessity in order to address practical barriers to implementation as well as to align with the expanded use of virtual delivery of services for our families of children with ASD. This webinar will provide an update on efforts to ensure RUBI delivery is responsive to family needs. This will include discussing the utility of telehealth delivery of RUBI, which increases patient access to an evidenced-based intervention and provides continuity of care during this difficult time. “Lessons learned” over the past 6 months will also be presented, including modifications required to successfully deliver the program as well as potential decision-points to safely transition back to in-person delivery.

Target Audience: Professionals for whom the topic is within their scope of practice. We welcome students and others who are also interested in the topic to join us.

Learning Objectives

• Identify implementation procedures and common barriers to delivering RUBI in a telehealth format

• Identify implementation procedures and common barriers to delivering RUBI in a telehealth format

• Identify modifications required to successfully implement RUBI via telehealth or as part of transitioning back to in-person care

Presenter Bio and Disclosure Statement

Presenter Bio(s) Presenter Bio(s) Karen Bearss is Associate 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.

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.


7:00 pm: Introduction
7:05 pm: Webinar begins
7:55 pm: Q&A session
8:00 pm: Evaluation, post-test and code submission forms

Credit Hour Information

Behavior Analysts earn 1 CEUs (Learning)*

Psychologists earn 1 CE*

Social Workers earn 1 Clinical CE**

Certified Counselors earn 1 CE**

Must pass post-test with 80% or above and submit all attendance codes

  • CEs not available for other professions

*CE for viewing Live or Recording

**CE for viewing Live only

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

ABACGives Donation: 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Bens Fund.   

Ben’s Fund was founded in 2012 by Seahawks General Manager/EVP John Schneider and wife Traci. The fund was established in honor of their son Ben, who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. The intent of Ben’s Fund is to provide financial support to children and young adults with autism in Washington state along with guidance and support as they continue their journey.   Ben’s Fund provides support to families in need to help cover costs associated with medical bills, therapies and numerous other aspects of supporting a child or young adult on the autism spectrum. Ben’s Fund is available for up to $1,000 per qualifying child or young adult, per award year. To date, Ben’s Fund has raised over $4.5 million and has given over 2,000 awards.”