As a rural area, the Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan is experiencing a shortage of credentialed professionals able to provide Applied Behavior Analytic (ABA) services to the regional community. As of November 2019, only 26 professionals were registered with the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) to practice in the UP.

In order to address this issue, Northern Michigan University's Behavioral Education Assessment and Research (BEAR) Center, the only BACB approved continuing education provider in the UP, will host its first annual conference on November 6, 2020. The conference will provide opportunity to regional practitioners to gain CEUs required to maintain BACB credentials and to regional agencies to promote their services and recruit new practitioners. The conference will include workshops and training specifically targeting professionals from related fields as well as parents, caretakers, and stakeholders.

In order to complete this mission, the NMU BEAR Center received a grant from the Superior Health Foundation.