Goldie B. Floberg CEO to Present ICPN Conference Keynote

Goldie B. Floberg Center CEO John Pingo, Ph.D. BCBA-D, will present the keynote address at the Illinois Crisis Prevention Network (ICPN) Annual Conference March 20, 2018.


John Pingo, Ph.D. BCBA-D, CEO of Goldie B. Floberg Center, will present the opening keynote address “Nirvana Through Nerdism: A Geek’s Guide to Mindfulness When Working with People with Challenging Behavior” to attendees of the ICPN Annual Conference. Pingo’s speech uses humor, pop culture references, and interactive experiential exercises to teach ways to resist subconscious negative narratives and recognize and overcome various types of cognitive bias. A focus on understanding and applying mindfulness and related skills will result in attendees leaving the presentation with a set of cognitive techniques that can be applied to better manage the stresses of working in the human services field.


The ICPN website states the conference goal “to explore some of the ‘pieces’ or components needed to support children and adults with intellectual/developmental disables who display challenging behaviors. This will include ruling out medical issues, completing thorough case reviews, reviewing therapy models and Applied Behavior Analysis, and utilizing supports such as Mindfulness and Trauma Informed Care.”


John Pingo, Ph.D. BCBA-D is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-D with over 20 years of experience serving children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders “…and 45 years of experience being a geek.” Pingo has provided behavioral services for people with developmental disabilities across an array of settings and has extensive experience in administration, currently serving as the CEO of the Goldie B. Floberg Center. He earned his Masters in Rehabilitation Administration and Services and his Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. John is also an adjunct faculty for Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Aurora University. John has presented at the state and national levels.


Goldie B. Floberg Center –  In 2018, Goldie B. Floberg Center celebrates 100 years of helping underserved children and families in the Northern Illinois community. Goldie B. Floberg Center delivers the Mission “to empower and enrich the lives of all people served” to children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism. Through programs such as small group community living services, employment services, and adult learning services, Goldie B. Floberg Center partners with the people served, their families and the community to help individuals with disabilities become fully actualized citizens and members of their community.