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.


43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Panel #499
CE Offered: BACB — 
Risky Business Revisited: Ethics, Interventions, and Consultation in the Area of Sexuality
Monday, May 29, 2017
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Convention Center Four Seasons Ballroom 2/3
Area: PRA/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Frank R. Cicero, Ph.D.
Chair: Worner Leland (Upswing Advocates)
SORAH STEIN (Partnership for Behavior Change)
FRANK R. CICERO (Seton Hall University)
KIMBERLY E. CHURCH (Human Development Center)

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
Keyword(s): developmental disabilities, ethics, sexual behavior



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