**This course will provide the participant with 1 General Learning Type BACB® CEUs**
Description of Learning Type CE Event: Behavior Analysts commonly work with children, and can work with teens, adults, and seniors, as our science is valid for all populations. However, in determining what is expected/unexpected behavior, or in determining what may be detrimental to social success, BCBAs must be aware of current trends in data that reflect the behaviors commonly engaged in across the lifespan. It is too easy to overreact to common behaviors because the practitioner is unaware of the lack of impact such behaviors may have on an individual’s overall development. Similarly, it could be dangerous to assume all behavior is socially-valid or commonly expected. Thus, this presentation looks at what is trending re: sociosexual behavior, while also emphasizing the reality that interventions must still consider an individual’s desired life outcomes as being integral in determining what behaviors are intervention-worthy.
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 either:
a) meet AASECT requirements of attending training in Lifespan Development, while also providing an avenue to do so that remains behavior-analytic; or
b) understand what is considered socially-valid and common sociosexual behavior in the modern landscape.