When Your Client Comes Onto You #recorded


Instructor: Nicholas Maio-Aether, MAMFT, MSPSY, LBA, CSC, IBA, BCBA

Duration: 60 minutes of instruction, self-paced

1 Ethics Learning Type BACB® CEUs provided upon course completion – full course description below

Level: CBS-C Level 2



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

Description of Ethics 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!

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 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.

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.