Cultural Competency: Separating Behavior from Populations (MAPs VS CSA) #recorded


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

Duration: 61 minutes of instruction, self-paced

1 General 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 General Learning Type BACB CEU**

Description of General Learning Type CE Event: There is perhaps no more controversial area in sexological study, and certainly in the public eye, than that of persons who experience physical/sexual attraction to minors. Much of what is expressed in common rhetoric, however, is muddled with misinformation that actually empowers those who do engage in abuse while causing undue harm to those who do not. Suicidality is high in those who experience minor attraction, even those who have never acted upon these attractions; additionally, there are many documented accounts of non-offending persons who express they don’t experience attractional urges beyond something they can control like any other person. Minor attraction spans across populations, including ID and ASD, so this is a relevant topic in the field of ABA, even outside of the CBS/CBS-C Program. To ensure our solid science could meet the human narratives of those living with minor attraction, presenter Nicholas Maio-Aether interviewed four self-identified “minor-attracted persons” (MAPs), and their narratives are shared within the context of a behavior-analytic framework, helping inform best practices for those who may work with this or overlapping populations. Expect candor, genuine discussion about some intense stuff, and being uncomfortable sometimes. Expect also to leave having learned some things that can help cut down on child s*x abuse (CSA) and suicidal and self-injurious behaviors in those who have attractions but have not harmed anyone and report they have no intention to do so.

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 may work with: humans that express a minor attraction, and/or those who have engaged in child s*x abuse (CSA), and/or those who have been victims of CSA. This cultural competency course is more about terminology and best practice than the science behind offending.

Learning Objectives for Participants: As a result of this course, participants will be able to …

  • Operationally define: Childhood S*x Abuse (CSA); Minor Attracted Person (MAP); Pedophilia; Pedophile; Hebephilia; S*x Offender.
  • Explore the functions behind the behaviors of clearly defining/separating terms from one another; exploring self-biases; reshaping one’s own relational frames to these stimuli; approaching MAPs and S*x Offenders very differently.
  • Establish clear proof that the behaviors mentioned above are demonstrably best practices for the following concerns: 1) Reducing instances of CSA. 2) Reducing instances of self-harm and suicidality in populations not engaging in CSA.

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.