Recorded: Working with Victims & Offenders: Ethical Considerations

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

Description of Ethics Learning Type CE Event: In almost any setting, we may be asked to assist someone who has been a victim of sexual abuse and/or trauma -- and unfortunately, this is very true of disability settings. Whether in the neurodiverse or neurotypical populations, behavior analytic professionals may also be asked to assist with an offender or someone who has committed a sexual crime. Such work requires specific training and competencies, and this one hour is not designed to provide that level of education. However, the nuances of working in a setting that may have both victims and offenders present are necessary to discuss and approach because this is true of many residential settings and community programs. Assisting ethically and in ways that cause no harm to any client served in the field of Behavior Analysis is something within our Guiding Principles; let’s learn some more about how we can do just that.

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 who works with -- or might work with -- both victims and offenders of sexual offenses. This includes both neurotypical and ID/DD/ASD populations. Note that some disability agencies have both living in the same residential facilities or programs, and this is more common an issue than some might think.

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

  • Identity and operationally define differences (i.e., discriminate) between victims; perpetual victims; counterfeit deviance; first-time offenders; repeat offenders; trauma reenactments.
  • Assign specific considerations from the BACB® (2020) Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts to each of the populations mentioned above of potential clients.
  • Establish clear and accessible resources to allow Behavior Analytic professionals to develop competencies in doing deeper work with offenders.

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