Workshop 10

Workshop Title: Designing and implementing primary prevention features in school context: The example of Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Tier 1


  1. Lefki Kourea, PhD, University of Nicosia
  2. Angela Liasidou, PhD Candidate, University of Cyprus
  3. Froso Souroulla Kay, PhD, University of Cyprus

Workshop Description:

This workshop focuses on how a school psychologist can train and support school staff in designing and implementing a schoolwide approach for supporting student socio-emotional and behavioral needs. We describe the framework of School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) as an applied example of a holistic intervention in schools. Specifically, we describe the main tiers and features of SWPBIS with a detailed focus on the design and implementation of first tier (primary prevention). We identify the knowledge and skills a school psychologist needs to acquire and master for training school staff in building a schoolwide Tier 1 behavioral approach. Participants will be provided with opportunities to practice some of those skills with school case scenarios as well as will be shared with resources for training school teams in primary prevention.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the importance of a three-tiered logic of prevention in school contexts
  2. Describe the main implementation features of behavioral primary prevention for school settings
  3. Explain the role of school psychologist in the implementation of behavioral primary prevention
  4. Given school case scenarios, provide 2-3 suggestions for supporting school teams in designing and implementing a schoolwide preventative approach on behavioral discipline


Brief Bios:


Lefki Kourea, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Special/Inclusive Education at the University of Nicosia (Cyprus) and a visiting research faculty at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (USA). Previously, she was a Marie-Skłodowska Curie research fellow and a Fulbright scholar of Special Education. Dr. Kourea’s research line focuses on experimental investigations of academic and behavioral interventions within a school-wide tiered system of supports incorporating scientific knowledge from applied behavior analysis, culturally responsive pedagogy, and implementation science. Main emphasis in her applied research is to promote student academic and socio-emotional success in inclusive school settings, thus minimizing risk status of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. School-university partnerships are the principal means for conducting her research work. Dr. Kourea’s interest is not just conducting good research, but also the sustainability of evidence-based practices in schools. She has authored and co-authored 16 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and conference proceedings and has conducted over 70 presentations in national and international professional meetings.

Angela Liasidou is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Education (Special and Inclusive Education) of the University of Cyprus. She holds a Master’s in Special and Inclusive Education and has seven years of teaching experience in public schools of the Cyprus Ministry of Education. Her research focuses on the impact of SWPBS (School Wide Positive Behavior Support) Tier I on the professional development of teachers in elementary schools in Cyprus. Specifically, her research target is to assess and understand the influence of SWPBS Tier 1 on teacher self-efficacy perceptions and stress levels with respects to behavioral problems. Angela has worked as a research assistant at the University of Cyprus in the project: ‘’Improving School Climate and Student Outcomes Through Positive Discipline’’. Responsibilities included, to support and train teachers in the implementation of SWPBS (Tier I) and data collection and analysis.

Froso Souroulla Kay, PhD, obtained her undergraduate Psychology degree from University of Cyprus (2010, Cyprus), her MSc in Addictive Behaviors from University of Liverpool (2011, UK), and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from University of Cyprus (2018, Cyprus). She is a registered Clinical Psychologist in the Board of Registered Psychologists in Cyprus (Registration No: 537). She is working with high-risk youth in Secondary Technical and Vocational Education of the Cyprus Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth. She is also a special scientist in the research program “Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports” (PBIS) applied in Cyprus. Her PhD thesis assessed risk factors of Sexual Violence perpetration among young community males.


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