The California Autism Professional Training and Information Network (CAPTAIN) is a cross agency network developed to support the understanding and use of evidence based practices (EBPs) for individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) across the state of California.
As part of CAPTAIN's ongoing quality assurance, CAPTAIN Cadre complete an annual survey. Based on the 2018-2019 survey, the majority of the 223 school-based CAPTAIN Cadre reported they met or exceeded expectations, but with high variability across training type. Overall, CAPTAIN Cadre reported completing over 1500 trainings and over 350 hours of coaching. On average they trained 88.21 (SD = 96.32) providers (including special educators, paraeducators, general educators, and other direct service providers) and coached 30.32 (SD = 58.54) providers.
The Leadership Team is comprised of professionals from the California Department of Education, Diagnostic Centers, University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs), Regional Centers and Department of Developmental Services, Family Resource Center Network, and SELPAs. Our leadership participated as trainers in the National Professional Development Center for ASD statewide training project. As a part of the dissemination efforts of the NPDC-ASD, we have established CAPTAIN to support implementation of EBPs across our state.
Cadre members are nominated by SELPAs, Regional Centers, and Family Resource/Family Empowerment Centers. They receive training through our annual summit so that they can provide local training, implementation coaching, cross agency collaboration, and dissemination of the EBPs at the local level. Cadre members have access to the NPDC-ASD and CAPTAIN training materials and will assist with the statewide distribution of the EBPs by providing support and training locally.
For Further Information:
For further information about CAPTAIN, please contact:
Patty Schetter, MA, BCBA
Coordinator of Autism Education Initiatives
CEDD at the MIND Institute
Ann England, M.A., CCC-SLP-L
Project Coordinator, Training and Technical Assistance
SELPA Content Lead, Marin County SELPA and CAPTAIN