SPECIAL COURSE INFORMATION: This course will be available to you for an almost-full price of $90.00 (that will give you 3.5 ceus for the cost of 3 CEUs). Our amazing instructor/partner, Nicholas, wanted to do this specifically because the need is so high for people with HIV/AIDS to access care. This is a cause extremely near and dear to Nicholas’ heart. On top of that from this course, CEUs by Study Notes ABA will be donating a percentage of our profits to Vivent Health, in St. Louis (where Nicholas lives). He has told us that St. Louis has one of the highest per capita HIV rates in the Western world, unfortunately. BUT this group is doing awesome work here to reduce the rates of new infections and to ensure people get wraparound care. They also partner with Empowered’s HIV Support Group, POZitive, Empowered is the clinic Nicholas owns.
**This course will provide the participant with 3.5 General Learning Type BACB® CEUs**
Description of 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.
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: 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.
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.