Invited Workshop Presenter:
Nicholas A. Maio-Aether
MAMFT, MSPSY, LBA, CSC, IBA, BCBA
Full day workshop
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! *Disclaimer: This 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 delivery of ABA program: Body & Facial Language - Subtle Clues
Demonstrate delivery of ABA program: Public VS Private
Demonstrate delivery of ABA program: Consent
Demonstrate delivery of Values Clarification exercise
Demonstrate delivery of ABA program: Gender
Demonstrate delivery of ABA program: Flirting VS Harassment
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.
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.