Association for Behavior Analysis International

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45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Panel #543
CE Offered: BACB — 
Risky Business Roundup: Ethics, Interventions, and Consultation in the Area of Sexuality
Monday, May 27, 2019
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Hyatt Regency West, Lobby Level, Crystal Ballroom A
Area: DDA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Sorah Stein, M.A.
Chair: Janani Vaidya (Garden Center Services)
NICHOLAS ALEXANDER MAIO (Empowered: A Center for Sexuality, LLC)
SORAH STEIN (Partnership for Behavior Change)
FRANK R. CICERO (Seton Hall University)
Abstract: The field of behavior analysis acknowledges our responsibility to ethically provide services that support the autonomy of and maximize reinforcement for our clients, while also maximizing benefit to the community at large. Perhaps in no arena is this responsibility more pertinent than in that of sexual behavior. Cognizance around ethical issues as well as potential legal implications is of highest importance, especially in situations in which our clients have developmental disabilities. This panel will serve as a sounding board for common issues faced in the field as behavior analysts who address potential behavior change surrounding sexual behavior. Panelists will provide anecdotal information to inform best practices, surrounding the ethics of consultation and intervention, and the ethical considerations of each. Past Risky Business panels will serve as a brief touchpoint for this panel, as our panelists continue to bring us new and relevant information in the realm of sexual behavior.
Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience: BCBA-D, BCBA, BCaBA, RBTs, or those training to be any of these who are interested in building their competence around the topic of sexual behavior and ethical implications of interventons. Teachers, therapists, and other helping professionals are also welcome to attend.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this panel, attendees will be able to: (1) state guidelines in the Professional and Ethical Compliance Code for Behavior Analysts (BACB, 2014) that are applicable to ethics of sexual behavior, (2) state one way to assess their competency to intervene on a sexual behavior or behavior that appears sexual (3) state at least one person in the field who is competent to consult on sexual behavior cases
Keyword(s): developmental disabilities, ethics, sexual behavior



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