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Keynote - Gina Green

Presentation to be announced

Invited Workshop Presenter:

Nicholas A. Maio-Aether

MAMFT, MSPSY, LBA, CSC, IBA, BCBA


Experiential Training in Base Sociosexual Programs for Disability Settings 

Full day workshop

Abstract

The subfield of Sexual Behavior Analysis/SBA, a specific corner of ABA, has been growing dramatically over the past few years.  This can be attributed to a combination of factors, including increased publications, increased ABA access to individuals across populations and diagnoses, more providers with dual certification in sexological fields, and the advent of a behavior-analytic sexological certification, the Certified Behavioral Sexologist (CBS).  In this 5-hour workshop, attendees will be exposed to -- and gain practice in implementation of -- some of the base programs taught at Empowered: A Center for Sexuality, the first SBA agency in the world, which has a history of 8 years of practice with overwhelmingly positive outcomes.  Prepare for candor, behavioral rehearsals, and a new set of skills!  *DisclaimerThis workshop does not make someone competent in direct service delivery of these protocols across populations and concerns; consultation with an Empowered staff member or other consulting Sexologist is still recommended prior to actual implementation with clients.*

Objectives -- by the end of this workshop, attendees will:

Acknowledge guidelines from the ABAA Code of Ethical Practice regarding implementation of new protocols and addressing new areas of behavior

Demonstrate delivery of ABA program: Assertive Communication

    • Demonstrate also variations to prompt & protocol for Assertive Communication
    • Express the social significance of the program: Assertive Communication

Demonstrate delivery of ABA program: Body & Facial Language - Subtle Clues

    • Demonstrate also variations to prompt & protocol for Body & Facial Language - Subtle Clues
    • Express the social significance of the program: Body & Facial Language - Subtle Clues

Demonstrate delivery of ABA program: Public VS Private

    • Demonstrate also variations to prompt & protocol for Public VS Private
    • Express the social significance of the program: Public VS Private

Demonstrate delivery of ABA program: Consent

    • Demonstrate also variations to prompt & protocol for Consent
    • Express the social significance of the program: Consent

Demonstrate delivery of Values Clarification exercise

    • Demonstrate also variations to prompt & protocol for Values Clarification exercise
    • Effectively connect Values to Behaviors to establish a DRA guide

Demonstrate delivery of ABA program: Gender

    • Demonstrate also variations to prompt & protocol for Gender
    • Express the social significance of the program: Gender

Demonstrate delivery of ABA program: Flirting VS Harassment

    • Demonstrate also variations to prompt & protocol for Flirting VS Harassment
    • Express the social significance of the program: Flirting VS Harassment


Invited ETHICS TALK Title: Sex-thics - a Sexological Discussion of Applied Ethics

Abstract

How can a behavior analyst address sex, relationships, puberty, attraction, gender, etc., and remain both ethical and within our scope?  In this 75-minute discussion, attendees will review the ABAA Code of Ethical Practice, as pertaining to work regarding sexual and/or sociosexual behaviors in behavior analytic settings.  Expect candor, real-world examples, and the occasional moments of either "ah-hah!" or "no, I disagree!" -- both of which are valid responses, keeping in mind, ethics are not laws and are open to interpretation.

Objectives

  • Attendees will review relevant sections of the ABAA Code of Ethical Practice and relationally-frame these toward sexological work.
  • Attendees will demonstrate applied logic/rationale connecting the Code of Ethical Practice to instances of clear misconduct and will point out what the errors made were.
  • Attendees will demonstrate applied logic/rationale connecting the Code of Ethical Practice to instances of ethically-sound behavior analytic practice and will point out how they came to the conclusion this was ethical.
  • Attendees will discern at least one thing they can do to be more ethically-aligned moving forward.

Biography

Nicholas (he/they) 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 to 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 has focused his entire career in sexology, and joined AASECT, where he currently sits as Bylaws Chair. He 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.  Nicholas now co-owns the Certified Behavioral Sexologist (CBS) & (CBS-C) Program with CEUs by StudyNotesABA.

More speakers to be announced in the new year.

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