Recorded: Countertransference – Using Behavior Analysis to Make Sense of Something Other Fields Recognize

**This course will provide the participant with 1 Ethics Learning Type BACB CEU**

Description of Ethics Learning Type CE Event: The field of ABA is hurting, and so apparently have been many of our clients, as is evidenced by massive numbers of self-report, as well as quantitative studies demonstrating abuses have occurred. But we got into this field to help people, to do right by them, to do right by the world -- so where did things go wrong? Perhaps one of the greatest concepts utilized in every other field of mental health is that of “countertransference,” a mentalistic construct that is used to explain the ways by which a client becomes an SD for our own misbehaviors and missteps, for our own relational frames to get in the way of providing effective and beneficent treatments. This presentation is not about buying-in to psychoanalytic concepts, and does not dive deep into those; it is instead about finding a simple term to express very real behavioral processes and then using this term to help us connect to strategies used across the other mental health fields to reduce: compassion fatigue/empathy loss by clinicians; burnout; abuse and neglect. Join us for a very unique and informative hour of learning, with the BACB® (2020) Code of Ethics as our guide!

About the Instructor: Nicholas Maio-Aether owns Empowered: A Center for Sexuality in St Louis, where he and his occasional teams of partnered Universities' students work to assist humans with and without disabilities achieve sexual access, sexual freedom, gender affirmation, and self-control of compulsive behaviors. Nicholas works throughout the US training BCBAs/Behavior Analysts so persons in Individualized Supportive Living (ISL) programs gain access to applicable and generalizable comprehensive sex ed and sexual opportunities. Nicholas provides Sexual Behavior Analysis, and has assisted polycules, kinksters, gay couples, trans and nonbinary humans, among others, on their journeys. Trained by GLSEN in 2003, Nicholas started Gay-Straight Alliances across Alaska while in high school, and provided them sex ed materials and trainings. Nicholas spent five years managing Hustler Hollywood in St Louis before moving into Behavior Analysis, and joined AASECT, where he currently sits on two committees. He then completed a Sex Therapy practicum under Linda Weiner, LMSW, CSTS, in 2019 before getting a second Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy, and meeting those hour requirements under Angela Skurtu, LMFT, CST, along with his LGBTQIA+ Family Systems Specialist certificate in 2021.

Target Audience: Anyone working in ABA settings -- literally ANYONE in this field could benefit from this discussion!

Learning Objectives: As a result of this course participants will be able to …

  • Operationally define countertransference, by first exploring its origins within other fields of mental health; then comparing it against knowns within Behavior Analysis; then determining how socially-valid this is for behavior-analytic practice.
  • Apply the BACB ® (2020) Code of Ethics to determine how we might already be expected to apply this concept, and where the rationale for such is built.
  • Address clear, concise and behavioral ways by which we can prevent and/or acknowledge countertransference, as well as potential options in the event this is recognized as having occurred.

To earn credit, you will be required to watch all sessions of the video and pass a quiz about it with a score of 100%. You can retake the quiz as many times as needed, but you may not receive exactly the same questions each time.

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Course Includes

  • 5 Lessons
  • 4 Quizzes