**This course will provide the participant with 5 General Learning Type BACB CEU**
Description of General Learning Type CE Event: Ever feel like you’re stuck on an island, practicing behavior analysis? Want to develop a healthy respect for other fields of mental health, to see the validity in their practices, while borrowing from their behaviorally-rooted strengths? This presentation covers the underlying elements of four common psychotherapies, explored from a highly critical behavior-analytic lens, helping attendees discern what makes other therapy schools effective, how this overlaps with what makes us effective, and how we can borrow from the “art” of working with people while remaining conceptually systematic, behavioral, technological, and (of course!) effective. If you’ve ever wanted to provide behavioral services for populations outside Autism, or even change up your Autism practice with something different, this presentation is for you. Note that no one will be learning to be a psychotherapist, nor will they learn any psychotherapy skills; attendees will learn to shape the topographical presentation of their behavior-analytic skills, already being applied, to be more socially-valid for highly vocal and/or neurotypical clients.
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 who wish to develop an appreciation for and understanding of the other fields of mental health, while also gaining initial behavior-analytic skills surrounding a more consultative and/or verbal shaping approach (i.e., a behavior-analytic alternative to traditional talk therapies). BCBA (or anyone seeking CBS and/or CBS-C certificate).
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.