4 Big Issues Live SBA Bundle


Nicholas Maio-Aether, MAMFT, MSPSY, LBA, CSC, BCBA is back with us live, and you won’t want to miss ANY of their courses! This bundle includes FOUR live courses on Saturday, June 3rd, 2023, and will provide the participant with 4 TOTAL CEUs (1 General and 3 Ethics) Learning Type BACB CEUs (when attending ALL FOUR events LIVE) – full course descriptions & start times below.

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Countertransference – Using Behavior Analysis to Make Sense of Something Other Fields Recognize #live

*CBS-C Level 2*

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

Course Date: Saturday, June 3rd, 2023 @ 11-12pm CT (12-1 pm ET |9-10 am PT)

Description of 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!

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.

Cultural Competency: Separating Behavior from Populations (MAPs VS CSA) #live

*CBS-C Level 2*

**This course will provide the participant with 1 General Learning Type BACB® CEUs**

Course Date: Saturday, June 3rd, 2023 @ 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm CT (1:15 pm ET |10:15 am PT)

Description of Learning Type CE Event: There is perhaps no more controversial area in sexological study, and certainly in the public eye, than that of persons who experience physical/sexual attraction to minors. Much of what is expressed in common rhetoric, however, is muddled with misinformation that actually empowers those who do engage in abuse while causing undue harm to those who do not. Suicidality is high in those who experience minor attraction, even those who have never acted upon these attractions; additionally, there are many documented accounts of non-offending persons who express they don’t experience attractional urges beyond something they can control like any other person. Minor attraction spans across populations, including ID and ASD, so this is a relevant topic in the field of ABA, even outside of the CBS/CBS-C Program. To ensure our solid science could meet the human narratives of those living with minor attraction, presenter Nicholas Maio-Aether interviewed four self-identified “minor-attracted persons” (MAPs), and their narratives are shared within the context of a behavior-analytic framework, helping inform best practices for those who may work with this or overlapping populations. Expect candor, genuine discussion about some intense stuff, and being uncomfortable sometimes. Expect also to leave having learned some things that can help cut down on child s*x abuse (CSA) and suicidal and self-injurious behaviors in those who have attractions but have not harmed anyone and report they have no intention to do so.

Target Audience: Anyone who may work with: humans that express a minor attraction, and/or those who have engaged in child s*x abuse (CSA), and/or those who have been victims of CSA. This cultural competency course is more about terminology and best practice than the science behind offending.

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

  • Operationally define: Childhood S*x Abuse (CSA); Minor Attracted Person (MAP); Pedophilia; Pedophile; Hebephilia; S*x Offender
  • Explore the functions behind the behaviors of clearly defining/separating terms from one another; exploring self-biases; reshaping one’s own relational frames to these stimuli; approaching MAPs and S*x Offenders very differently
  • Establish clear proof that the behaviors mentioned above are demonstrably best practices for the following concerns: 1) Reducing instances of CSA. 2) Reducing instances of self-harm and suicidality in populations not engaging in CSA.

When Your Client Comes Onto You #live

*CBS-C Level 2*

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

Course Date: Saturday, June 3rd, 2023 @ 1:30pm-2:30pm CT (2:30-3:30 pm ET |11:30-12:30 pm PT)

Description of Learning Type CE Event: Have you ever been hit on by your client? How about a client’s parent or guardian? Or partner? What do you do if/when this happens, so that you a) adhere to our code of ethics, and b) adhere to our science and reduce future instances of the behavior — at least with you as the target? How do you navigate the intricacies of HIPAA and confidentiality when you are reporting on one part of a system to another part, and why might it be best to get self-disclosure to occur? All of these questions — and I get it, there are a lot of them — are navigable, but situations will always be individual so no advice can be 100% solid for any situation. However, we can use BACB® (2020) Ethics code for behavior analysts to gain general insight into how we might need to respond, and we can utilize this experience in our learning histories to draw upon next time something like this happens!

Target Audience: Anyone who works with humans capable of experiencing attraction. So, really, anyone who works with humans!

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

  • Identify a variety of situations in which a client/consumer across populations may engage in attempts at flirting, physical intimacy, or sexual boundary crossing.
  • Apply the BACB® (2020) Ethics code for behavior analysts to such situations to assist in critical decision-making, with the aim of reducing the potential for harm — for all involved.
  • Establish clear behavioral preventative & response options for professionals in a variety of settings, including when alone with an adult client in the therapy room during their behavioral attempt/s.

Working with Victims & Offenders: Ethical Considerations #live

*CBS-C Level 2*

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

Course Date: Saturday, June 3rd, 2023 @ 2:45 PM CT (3:45 PM ET | 12:45 PM PT)

Description of 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. 

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.


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.

Disclaimer: Always remember that taking a CEU, even a multi-hour CEU is NOT enough to demonstrate competency in the content related to the CEU. It is YOUR responsibility to seek out supervision/consultation with the presenter and/or a subject matter expert (SME). The CBS/CBS-C certification is a SUB-field certification designed for the sub-field of SBA it does NOT lead to licensure of its own. Thus to practice with this certification, you’d have to be a BCBA® or BCaBA® via the BACB® and/or certified in your particular state as a Licensed Behavior Analyst.