Association for Behavior Analysis International

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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Panel #417
CE Offered: BACB — 
Risky Business Part Deux: Ethics and Applied Interventions in the Area of Sexuality
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Vevey 1 & 2, Swissotel
Area: CSE/DDA; Domain: Service Delivery
CE Instructor: Brigid McCormick, M.A.
Chair: Brigid McCormick (Precision ABA, LLC)
SORAH STEIN (Partnership for Behavior Change)
BOBBY NEWMAN (Room to Grow)
RACHEL LOFTIN (AARTS Center, Rush University Medical Center)

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): community, ethics, safety, sex ed



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