Recorded: Will I Lose My Dignity? ABA for HIV: a Powerful need for a Powerful Therapy

**This course will provide the participant with 3.5 General Learning Type BACB CEU**

Description of General Learning Type CE Event: ABA is not Autism Therapy, and in this presentation, it is made very clear that BCBAs have skills they could (with initial supervised experience) already be applying toward other populations, including those impacted by a recent diagnosis of HIV. There are over 40,000 humans living with HIV in the United States, and new diagnoses are still occurring daily. Often, these newly diagnosed persons are left stranded on an island, afraid to disclose their status to loved ones and supports, for fear of being judged or overly pitied. It is crucial that these individuals get into care and become adherent to their behavioral care requirements, but oftentimes, this does not happen and people fall out of services, declining in health on a path toward AIDS. Behavior Analysts, who commonly provide more skills-based coaching in the natural environment, are positioned in such a way that we can provide for the holes in the needs of the newly diagnosed individual, helping them apply coping skills, learning to effectively plan for the future, and enacting on value-oriented behavior in the present.

Instructor Bio: 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: Behavior Analysts wishing to expand their services to neurotypical adults, particularly those with high needs in the HIV community, as well as BCBAs simply wishing to learn something completely novel regarding application of our science.

To earn credit, you will be required to attend the live online session 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

  • 9 Lessons
  • 8 Quizzes