Strategies for Teaching Effective, Pleasurable, and Safe Penile Solo-Sex for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities #recorded


Instructor: Frank R. Cicero, PhD, BCBA, LBA

Duration: 93 minutes of instruction self-paced

1.5 General Learning Type BACB® CEUs provided upon course completion – full course description below



**This course will provide the participant with 1.5 General Learning Type BACB® CEUs**

Description of Learning Type CE Event: Although there are many benefits to engaging in solo-sex, individuals with developmental disabilities often encounter barriers that can interfere with the acquisition of effective solo-sex skills and/or develop a socially problematic form of solo-sex. When solo-sex is ineffective, unpleasurable, or socially/physically unsafe, professional intervention may be required. This webinar will specifically focus on assessment and intervention methods that may be effective when issues involve penile solo-sex. The information presented in the webinar is beneficial for a wide variety of professionals working with clients with developmental disabilities and autism including but not limited to behavior analysts, psychologists, sex therapists, sex educators, clinical social workers, and counselors.

About the Instructor: Dr. Frank Cicero is a New York State licensed psychologist, licensed behavior analyst, and board-certified behavior analyst with over 25 years of experience working in the fields of applied behavior analysis, autism spectrum disorders, pediatric/school psychology, and education. He received his master’s degree in school psychology from St. John’s University and his doctoral degree in educational psychology from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Dr. Cicero is currently an assistant professor and ABA program director for Seton Hall University, New Jersey. Prior to this position, he served as the Director of Psychological Services for the Eden II Programs, an applied behavior analysis agency in the New York City area serving children and adults on the autism spectrum. Dr. Cicero has served on and for the board of the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis since 2000 in various positions, including President of the Board in 2015 and 2016. He currently sits on the Board of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT) and the Affiliate Chapters Board of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). Dr. Cicero continues a private practice for pediatric psychology and ABA, as well as conducts program consultations in best practice treatment for autism, developmental disabilities, and problem behavior. Dr. Cicero frequently conducts workshops and trainings nationally on a variety of topics within his fields of expertise, including treatment of problem behavior, sexual education for individuals with ASD, toilet training, and ethical practice of behavior analysis.

Target Audience: BCBAs®, BCaBAs®, RBTs® who wish to assist in this type of work while supervised.

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

  • Describe why an assessment is needed prior to teaching or treating behaviors of a possible sexual function.
  • List at least 5 reasons why solo-sex can be problematic in individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Describe at least three behavioral components of a treatment plan to decrease solo-sex behavior in public places.
  • Describe at least three behavioral components of a teaching plan to shape effective penile solo-sex.

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.