**This course will provide the participant with 4 General Learning Type BACB® CEUs**
Description of Learning Type CE Event: Where did Sexual Behavior Analysis (SBA) come from? Is it evidence-based? Well, yes, of course, it is, or it wouldn’t be a behavior-analytic practice! There may not be all that much research within behavior-analytic journals, but it does exist, and this presentation will go over a great many findings. Over the course of 3.5 hours, participants will learn: how aspects of sexuality can be ethically assessed and addressed through ABA; how the Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts (BACB®, 2020) should be considered and followed within SBA; methods for assessing and increasing one’s own competency in SBA; methods for assessing the comfort levels/consent of clients; previous research applicable to SBA – what to take and what to leave. There are also some applied vignettes: ethical and legal issues for implementing research, based on actual scenarios!
About the Instructors:
- About Nicholas: 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.
- About Emma: Emma Farber is a practicum student at Empowered: A Center for Sexuality under the supervision of Nicholas Maio-Aether. Emma graduated from the University of Southern California in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science, and in 2022 with a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis. Emma worked for an early intervention ABA agency for over three years prior to starting to work at Empowered in June 2022. Emma plans to continue her supervision hours and sit for the certification exam in 2023.
Target Audience: Anyone interested in Sexual Behavior Analysis/SBA. This is incredibly relevant information! RBT®, BCaBA®, BCBA®
Learning Objectives for Participants: As a result of this course, participants will be able to …
- Acquire clear operational definitions of: Sexual Behavior Analysis (SBA) and related topics.
- Understand how to comply with the Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts (BACB®, 2020) when working within the field of SBA.
- Learn how aspects of sexuality can be ethically addressed through ABA.
- Have a basic understanding of previous and current behavior analytic research specific to applications in SBA.
- Acquire a basic understanding of ABA principles as they apply to sexological work.
- Demonstrate their knowledge of best practices in SBA and unacceptable/unethical conduct.
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.