Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

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Workshop #W21
CE Offered: BACB
Do No Harm: Sex Ed You Can Implement Right Now
Friday, May 28, 2021
9:00 AM–12:00 PM
Area: DDA/AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Barbara Gross, M.Ed.
BARBARA GROSS (Missouri Behavior Consulting; Special School District of St Louis County), WORNER LELAND (Upswing Advocates)

Behavior Analysts who work with people may often be called upon to provide support in the area or sex education and sexual behavior analysis, however for many this work is outside their scope of experience. Additionally, because sexual behavior, and interlocking contingencies of sexual behavior, are complex, there is potential to do harm to a client by attempting to work outside of one’s scope. There are, however, many behavior supports within the scope of behavior analysts which can empower clients to build prerequisite skills for healthy relationships and healthy sexual self expression. This workshop will empower practitioners to implement supports which have minimal risk and high levels of beneficence, and which center client dignity, autonomy, and self-determination. This workshop will additionally empower practitioners to better write related treatment plan goals which demonstrate meeting medically necessary criteria for behavior analytic intervention. 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. Analyze the "Extended Permission" and "Limited Information" components of the Ex-PLISSIT model (Taylor, 2006) for sex therapy as it pertains to behavior analytic practice 2. Describe at least 4 program areas across at least 8 learning channels for prerequisite skills for healthy relationship behavior and sexual behavior 3. Select an appropriate learning channel and program slice for implementation in each program area when given a client scenario 4. Demonstrate implementation of at least 1 specific support program for prerequisite skills for healthy relationship behavior and sexual behavior in group practice 5. Identify example program goals which do and do not likely meet criteria for a medically necessary treatment plan.
Activities: Workshop activities will utilize a BST model and include brief lecture covering potential harms in sexual behavior analysis, program areas with low risk for harm and high beneficence, and learning channels for teaching. 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: BCBAs and BCaBAs
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): consent, sex education, sexual behavior, Sexuality



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