Association for Behavior Analysis International

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48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Panel #109
CE Offered: BACB — 
Risky Business Reboot: Ethics, Interventions, and Consultation in the Area of Sexuality
Saturday, May 28, 2022
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Meeting Level 2; Room 252B
Area: DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Frank R. Cicero, Ph.D.
Chair: Jessica Demarco (Georgia State University)
FRANK R. CICERO (Seton Hall University)
WORNER LELAND (Sex Ed Continuing Ed)
BARBARA GROSS (Missouri Behavior Consulting; Sex Ed Continuing Ed)

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:

BCBAs and BCaBAs

Learning Objectives: 1. Identify appropriate scope of competence for assessment and treatment of sexual behavior 2. Identify ethically appropriate goals for addressing sexual behavior 3. Identify the ways that relevant ethical code sections apply to sexual behavior
Keyword(s): developmental disabilities, ethics, sexual behavior



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