Association for Behavior Analysis International

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41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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Panel #230
CE Offered: BACB
Risky Business!: Ethics and Applied Interventions in the Area of Sexuality
Sunday, May 24, 2015
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Grand Ballroom C2 (CC)
Area: AUT/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Fawna Stockwell, Ph.D.
Chair: Fawna Stockwell (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
PETER F. GERHARDT (JPG Autism Consulting, LLC)
BOBBY NEWMAN (Room to Grow)
SORAH STEIN (Partnership for Behavior Change)

In general, when we as applied behavior analysts carry out behavioral interventions, we must look carefully to address or eliminate potential ethical concerns. When working with sexual behaviors in particular, potential ethical concerns abound, especially when those we work with have intellectual or developmental disabilities. There are also legal implications of which we must be cognizant when working in the delicate domain of sexual behavior. Using research and clinical case examples to illustrate their points, members of this panel will address some of the legal and ethical concerns and themes that commonly arise when clinicians are called upon to address issues related to sexual behavior in applied settings. Panelists will also discuss reasons why behaviors that are sexual in nature may warrant targeted behavior change efforts through empirically verified sex education curricula and behavior reduction programming, as well as situations in which it would be unethical to target such behaviors.

Keyword(s): autism/developmental disabilities, ethics, sex education, sexuality



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