26-30 November 2014



At Andrey & Julia Dashin’s Foundation, we believe that knowledge and compassion go hand-in-hand. The deeper our understanding, the greater our ability becomes to play an effective role in the lives of individuals with special needs.



The Foundation is glad to invite friends, supporters, students and persons involved with special education, parents and anyone who is interested to find out more about tackling issues related to ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) and ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) to attend the educational Lectures on 26 and 27 November, 2014.



Lecture Title
A Brief Overview of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and how it can improve a variety of skills in children with Special Needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).”


– The defining characteristics of ABA.
– An overview of an ABA programme for individuals with ASD exploring different behavioural teaching approaches:

  • Discrete Trial Training (DTT)
  • Verbal Behaviour
  • Natural Environment Training (NET)
  • Programming for generalisation

– Essential ABA components for designing effective interventions.
– Examples of evidence-based ABA interventions teaching:

  • communication
  • social skills
  • play skills
  • everyday life skills

– Identifying the causes (functions) of challenging (difficult) behaviours.
– Dispelling the myths/misconceptions about ABA.


CityLimassol Nicosia
DateWednesday, 26th November, 2014Thursday, 27th November, 2014
Time 15:00-19:00 (inc. Coffee Break and informal discussion platform with specialists in ABA and special education)15:00-19:00 (inc. Coffee Break and informal discussion platform with specialists in ABA and special education)
VenueThe Royal Apollonia HotelUNESCO Amphitheatre,University of Nicosia



Dr Christos K. Nikopoulos  (DPhil, BSc, BACB-D, MBPsS, CSci, FHEA)


Dr Nikopoulos Photo Dr Christos Nikopoulos PhD, BSc(Hons), BCBA-D, MBPsS, CSci, FHEA, having a background in Occupational Therapy, is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst® at a Doctoral Level (BCBA-D) and a BACB Type 2 Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Provider, who has served as a clinician, a University lecturer, an educator, a consultant, a researcher, and an author in the areas of autism, intellectual and other developmental disabilities as well as neurological and behavioural interventions in special education for more than 17 years.

He has been teaching in Higher Education at both undergraduate and postgraduate (i.e., MSc and PhD) levels for more than 10 years at a Research-Incentive University and therefore, he has not only obtained a substantial experience of teaching and certainly a broad understanding of relevant fields and knowledge of current developments, but also a genuine commitment to providing learning and teaching that is research-led. Importantly, he has obtained international experience in working with children with autism and other developmental disabilities as well as their families and has published widely on the topic. He has co-authored a book that has become a key reference text on subject of video modelling and autism. He has been chosen to deliver keynote speeches at national and international conferences. In fact, his work on video modelling with individuals with autism is at the forefront of research and development.

Furthermore, he has obtained substantial experience in the administration of the Vineland II, CARS, VB-MAPP, ABLLS-R and AFLS assessments tools as well as employing a variety of different behavioural procedures/methods such as Shaping, Incidental Teaching, Chaining, Discrete Trial Teaching, Pivotal Response Training, Precision Teaching, Video Modelling, Activity Schedules, Social Stories, Functional Communication Training, Token Economy Systems, Self-management Treatment Package, Schedules of Reinforcement and others. His sincere interest, commitment to and knowledge about autism research has been a huge motivation to serve individuals with autism and their families.



Anyone wishing to attend the lecture is welcome to come. Please kindly fill in the Registration Form online or call the Foundation directly at 25-246-120.






The Andrey & Julia Dashin’s Foundation is glad to announce that between 28-30 November, 2014, the foundation shall be organizing educational training course for the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT®) Certification Course.


For the first time in Cyprus, this course will offer new opportunities to local professionals in the Special education field, offer new certification and possible work opportunities for persons interested in the course, and most importantly will raise the standard of services provided to children and adults with special needs via better staff education.






Wednesday, 26/11Lecture in Limassol (15:00-19:00)“A Brief Overview of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and how it can improve a variety of skills in children with Special Needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).”Informal discussion platform with specialists in ABA and special education
  • 3 hour lecture with 1 coffee break
  • Venue: The Royal Apollonia Hotel
  • Language: English
Thursday, 27/11Lecture in Nicosia (15:00-19:00)
  • 3 hour lecture with 1 coffee break
  • Venue: UNESCO Amphitheater, University of Nicosia
  • Language: Greek (all material provided is in English)
Friday, 28/11Training seminar in Nicosia – Day 1 Total 24 hours trainingTopics covered:

  1. Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).
  2. Introduction to ABA for Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  3. Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) task list:
  • Measurement
  • Assessment
  • Skill Acquisition
  • 9 hours with breaks(09:00-19:00)
  • Venue: RED Amphitheater, University of Nicosia
  • Language: Greek (all material provided is in English)
Saturday, 29/11Training seminar in Nicosia – Day 2
  • 9 hours with breaks(09:00-19:00)
  • Venue: RED Amphitheater, University of Nicosia
  • Language: Greek (all material provided is in English)
Sunday, 30/11Training seminar in Nicosia – Day 3
  • 6 hours with breaks (09:00-16:00)
  • Venue: RED Amphitheater, University of Nicosia
  • Language: Greek (all material provided is in English)

What is a Registered Behavior Technician?


The RBT Certification course is designed to provide a practical working knowledge of the basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). It provides the knowledge base needed to work as a line therapist in ABA programs under the direction of licensed or certified personnel. Upon completion, the successful candidate will have the knowledge and validation needed to enhance his or her intervention skills and advance their professional career.

An RBT is a paraprofessional who practices under the supervision of a BCBA or BCaBA*. The RBT’s primary responsibility is the direct implementation of treatment plans developed by the supervisor.

*The Foundation has invited Dr Christos K. Nikopoulos (BCBA-D, MBPsS, CSci, FHEA Lecturer) to conduct and supervise the training in Cyprus between 26-30 November, 2014.

Dr Nikopoulos is a registered Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BACB-D).



The RBT follows the task list created by the BACB for the RBT Credential and consists of:

  • Understanding Autism
  • ABA as a treatment model
  • Ethics and Guidelines for Responsible conduct
  • Behavior
  • Reinforcement and Punishment
  • Verbal Behavior
  • Teaching using Verbal Behavior
  • Various Teaching Approaches
  • Augmentative Communication Systems
  • Visual Schedules and Task Analyses
  • Teaching Strategies for Success
  • Assessment
  • Behavior Management
  • Data Collection
  • ABA in the Classroom
  • Prompt and Prompt Fading
  • Understanding the HIPAA Privacy Rule


Additional benefits of the RBT course include:

  • 40 hour course administered by a BCBA and is based on the BACB RBT Task List
  • Learning at your own pace
  • Accessible online 24/7
  • Real life examples
  • Teaching videos
  • Study guides by content area
  • The ability to review material as often as you want



Who may benefit from this course?MP900202103[1]

  • Caregivers
  • Special Education personnel
  • Psychologists
  • Academic staff
  • Social workers
  • Students of faculties such as Psychology, Education and Social Work
  • Anyone interested in getting an RBT certificate for further career advancement



Why shall I go?

  • The radical behaviorism and it’s applied field – Applied Behavior Analysis, is a promising new science about our own behavior why people behave in this way and how to change their behavior.
  • The name which you might heard about – B.F. Skinner the founder of the field.
  • This seminar may be your first step in this new science.


Eligibility Requirements

Literally anyone can apply for the RBT training course! All one needs is a little power of will to advance his or her education, profession, career, and of course, passion for the common scope – to help persons in need.

To apply for the RBT course, the applicant must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Possess a minimum of a high school diploma or national equivalent (apolytirion)


Registered Behavior Technician course syllabus (RBT Task List)

The 40 hours training programme:

24 hours in-person training16 hours online training
Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).
Introduction to ABA for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) task list:

  • Measurement
  • Assessment
  • Skill Acquisition
Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) task list:

  • Skill Acquisition (cont. as necessary)
  • Behaviour Reduction
  • Documentation and Reporting
  • Professional Conduct and Scope of Practice
  • Written exercises based on the



How can one receive the RBT Credential certificate following training?               

  • Complete a 40-hour training program (conducted by a BACB certificant) based on the RBT Task List (syllabus)
  • Pass the RBT Competency Assessment administered by a BACB certificant (4 hour exam session, which can be done online)
  • Successfully complete a criminal background registry check at the time of application (within 45 days of submitting the application)

For more information regarding RBT course certification/credential please kindly refer to BACB (Behavior Analyst Certification Board) page: Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Credential.



How much does it cost?

  • Training fee – €220.00 Euro (including 50 Euro registration fee)

Payments shall be executed directly to the training supervisor and not the Foundation.

There is a Registration fee to secure attendance. Registration for the RBT training course is 50 Euro non-refundable fee, payable directly to the training supervisor.


How can I pay the registration and /or training fee cost?

Payments to the training supervisor may be executed:

Fee AmountRegistration: € 50.00RBT course: € 170.00
1Directly to the training supervisor in cash on the first day of training
2Via direct bank transfer to the following account:Account name: Autism Consultancy
Account: 65368479
Sort Code: 602210
IBAN: GB78NWBK60221065368479
Branch address: 48 High Street Uxbridge Middlesex UB8 1UT, UK

Following confirmation of payment received from the training supervisor, the Foundation shall register the applicant for the course and enter his/her details into the registration list.

Please kindly make sure to contact the Foundation to confirm your Registration.



At the Foundation, we believe that there is no substitute for compassion, but when that compassion is enhanced by appropriate education, there is no limit to what we can accomplish.