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48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Workshop #W16
CE Offered: BACB
Teaching Consent: Building Skills Across the Lifespan for Giving and Receiving an Embodied "Yes"
Thursday, May 26, 2022
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Meeting Level 1; Room 153A
Area: EDC/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Worner Leland, M.S.
WORNER LELAND (Sex Ed Continuing Ed), BARBARA GROSS (Missouri Behavior Consulting; Sex Ed Continuing Ed)
Description: Although often thought to be a skill within the domain of sexual behavior and one tied to the prevention of sexual assault and coercion (Beres, 2020), consent is an interlocking contingency which is necessary for honoring autonomy and human rights across the lifespan both within and outside of sexual contexts. Because of this, consent-giving and consent-honoring are skills that should be taught and facilitated from birth onward. Emerging research on consent continuums (Brady et al., 2017; Whittington, 2021) point to a need for expansive education and an approach rooted in functional contextualism, however it may be difficult for practitioners to assess and identify which components of consent skills may be in a learner’s repertoire, and where they should start with teaching consent. This workshop will empower practitioners to identify critical consent skills, to facilitate consent exchanges in early education, and to teach social and safety skills for giving consent and for honoring others’ consent across the lifespan. Additionally, this workshop will empower practitioners to teach about consent in accessible components based on a learner’s current repertoire. Empirically supported research will be shared as applicable and content limitations and risks of practice will be discussed.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to: 1. Generate a list of both sexual and non-sexual behaviors which require consent 2. Demonstrate the use of decision making trees for teaching consent skills to a learner when given a scenario 3. Demonstrate the use of preference assessments for teaching consent skills to a learner when given a scenario 4. List critical steps for facilitating consent-centric interactions
Activities: Workshop activities will utilize a BST model and include brief lecture covering facilitating consent-centric interactions, teaching consent-giving skills to a learner, and teaching consent-honoring skills to a learner. Following this, the workshop will include practice scenarios for assessment, modeling of program implementation, breakout practice for implementation, feedback, and opportunity to implement feedback.
Audience: Beginner
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): assent, consent, embodied yes, sex education

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