**This course will provide the participant with 1 General Learning Type BACB® CEUs**
Description of Learning Type CE Event: Is your client kinky? It’s okay — this is actually pretty common, and it is not at all detrimental to mental health! As a matter of fact, kinks, such as Adult Baby/Diaper Lover activities, have demonstrable mental health benefits. As practitioners assisting humans with disabilities, there can be difficulty in determining what is the kink and what is the impact of the disability; such is extremely true of adults who are acting like babies in specialized care settings. Additionally, there is a lot of assumptive conflation between common AB/DL activities and pedophilia, and these two things are extremely separate. This hour will delve into the world of Adult Babies & Diaper Lovers (AB/DLs), looking at how this identity and behavioral repertoire is established, what the functions of these behaviors often are, and how to help clients get their needs met…all while walking the fine line between best practice and negligence/abuse. Come prepared to face some very real talk!
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. He is now a PhD candidate in Clinical Sexology at Modern Sex Therapy Institutes.
Target Audience: Any Behavior Analyst working with adult humans, as the Adult Baby/Diaper Lover spectrum is vast and intersects with Autism and ID just as much as neurotypical populations.