ABAI 2024

In the dynamic landscape of education, the integration of the Competent Learner Model (CLM) and Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) stands out as a beacon of innovation and inclusivity. Dr. Anne Katona Linn, Nipa Bhuptani, and Christine M Welgan, will present The Competent Learner Model (CLM) System: A Framework for Trauma-Informed Practice in Education which will include insights and strategies for creating supportive learning environments for all students.

The presentation highlights the seamless integration of TIC principles into the CLM curriculum, emphasizing the importance of acknowledging trauma, ensuring safety and trust, promoting choice and shared governance, and emphasizing skill building. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of how the CLM system ‘s learner-led and non-coercive approach accelerates learning and fosters independence, ultimately improving outcomes for students with diverse needs.

Meet the presenters: 

Dr. Anne Katona Linn

Dr. Anne Katona Linn

Dr. Anne Katona Linn, a seasoned educational and behavioral consultant/coach, will share her passion for creating resilient school climates and facilitating collaborative partnerships to support the whole person and community.





Nipa Bhuptani

Nipa Bhuptani, the visionary founder of ASNAD and ABTi, will showcase the transformative impact of structured training and intervention programs for learners with autism, including the revolutionary CLM approach.





Christine M Welgan

Christine M Welgan

Christine M Welgan, CLM Coordinator at Loudoun County Schools, will provide valuable insights into the successful implementation of CLM in educational settings, highlighting impressive results in reducing exclusionary discipline and promoting successful inclusion.




Through their collective expertise and dedication, Dr. Anne Katona Linn, Nipa Bhuptani, and Christine M Welgan are paving the way for a more inclusive and empowered future in education. Their insights serve as a testament to the transformative power of community support, innovative education, and unwavering determination in creating a brighter future for all learners.

To learn more about the Competent Learner Model, Trauma Informed Care, and the transformative work of these visionary presenters, be sure to register for our upcoming events and stay tuned for more enriching content.


Monday, May 27, 2024
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Marriott Downtown, Grand Ballroom Salon E

Together, let’s continue to transform education and create a more inclusive and supportive learning environment for all students.


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