A Candid Discussion on Sexuality and Safety in Behavior Analysis

Shane Spiker
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Sexuality is increasingly recognized as a clinical concern within behavior analysis, yet many professionals lack the necessary competencies to address it effectively. As discussions around sexuality, gender identity, and orientation become more normalized, there’s an urgent need for behavior analysts to develop skills in this area to ensure the safety and well-being of their clients. This presentation from the 2022 Michigan Autism Conference will address primary concerns and offer strategies to support client safety in this talk.

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Sexuality is emerging as a more commonly occurring clinical concern within behavior analytic work. With sexuality, gender identity, orientation, and other topics found within the National Sex Education Standards becoming more normalized in discussions, behavior analysts find themselves struggling to catch up to the necessary competencies to work in this field. However, the need is urgent as concerns around sexuality also mean concerns with safety and well-being. In this talk, Dr. Shane T. Spiker will discuss some of the primary concerns that arise in this area of practice as well as some ways to ensure that your clients remain safe.

About the Speaker

Shane Spiker is a BCBA in Ormond Beach, Florida. Shane received his MS of Psychology in 2012 from the University of Phoenix. In May 2019, he graduated with his PhD in Clinical Psychology with a concentration on instructional design from Walden University. He has been immersed in the field of ABA for 12 years, with the majority of his experience with adults with autism and other disabilities. Shane specializes working with teens and adults with dangerous problem behavior, sexual behavior as well as medically complex individuals. Primarily, Shane serves as the Director of Training and Dissemination at PBS, Corp. Currently, Shane previously served as the Vice President of the Sexual Behavior: Research and Practice SIG through ABAI. He has written and published several articles related to behavior analysis and practice. Additionally, he serves as a co-instructor at Florida Institute of Technology, Arizona State University, and Regis College, where he teaches graduate level coursework. More than anything, he enjoys a good cup of coffee.

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    It’s very rare to find resources on sexuality within the field of behavior analysis. This is a great source.

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    Extremely helpful in learning how to help our clients in this area.

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    Great information and a great resource for helping my individuals learn safety around sexuality.

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    Fabulous presentation!

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    Great presenter!! Enjoyed very much!!!

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