Association for Behavior Analysis International

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43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W72
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Human Sexuality and Relationship Training for Students and Autism in Applied Settings
Friday, May 26, 2017
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Hyatt Regency, Capitol Ballroom 5
Area: AUT/EDC; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Silva Orchanian, M.A.
SILVA ORCHANIAN (Melmark New England), KIMBERLY L. DUHANYAN (Melmark New England), FREDDIE SCIBELLI (Melmark New England)
Description: Sexual education is a standard component in public school curricula for middle and high school students. Teenagers with an autism spectrum disorders or acquired brain injuries are often excluded from human sexuality education for a variety of reasons. This workshop will focus on the importance of healthy human sexuality and relationship training for male and female students on the autism spectrum and with acquired brain injuries. Following a review of the literature on sexuality training, participants will review sample parental consent forms, baseline data collection and referral systems, and training protocols. The goal of the workshop will be to provide participants with resources to identify students in their settings for whom human sexuality training is needed as well as systems to ensure competent human sexuality and relationship instruction.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) identify the components of an effective human sexuality training curriculum including assessment and on-going treatment and consultation; (2) identify modifications and adaptations to sample materials as needed in their applied settings; (3) identify a variety of ethical considerations when designing and implementing a human sexuality curriculum; (4)identify solutions to barriers preventing them from delivering human sexuality training services in their settings; (5)identify pre-requisite skills needed for individual sexuality training and group training.
Activities: Lecture, discussion, small group, role plays, video and guided practice
Audience: Intermediate
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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