STEP SIG: Current Events

by August Stockwell, PhD, BCBA-D, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Summer of 2013 marks the sixth consecutive year of the Sex Therapy and Educational Programming Special Interest Group’s activities with the Association for Behavior Analysis, International, and the second year that our SIG will present two symposia at the conference!

We are a group devoted to researching sexual behavior, as well as promoting empirically verified sex education and sex therapy practices, areas that have traditionally been under-addressed in behavior analysis.  Members of the group include professionals, teachers, direct service providers, parents, and consumers who are concerned with issues of sex research, sex therapy, and sex education.

We are holding several events at this year’s ABAI conference.  On Saturday, May 25th, members of STEP SIG will present a poster at the ABAI Expo from 8:00pm to 10:30pm in Exhibit Hall B of the Convention Center (poster 103-81).

On Sunday, May 26th, we will hold the STEP SIG business meeting from 6:00pm to 6:50pm in room 102F of the Convention Center.

On Monday, May 27th, we will present a symposium entitled “Analysis of Sexual Behavior in Research and College Teaching” in Room M101B of the Convention Center from 9:00am to 10:20am.  It will include the following presentations:  “Behavior Analysis of Human Sexuality: A Graduate Level Course at The Chicago Schoolby Jessica Gamba, Chelsea Skinner, and Fawna Stockwell, “Effects of Relationship Goal-Setting on Sexual Behavior Frequencies of Adult Participants in Romantic Relationshipsby Nicole Herber, Fawna Stockwell, John Eshleman, and Sela Ann Sandberg, and “Sex and Money: When the Risks are Discounted and the Payoff is Great” by Mary Rachel Enoch and Mark Dixon, and “Discounting of Exotic Dancers, Club Patrons, and Chances of Getting Sex” by Frank Buono and Mark Dixon.

Also on Monday, May 27th, we will present a symposium entitled “Clinical Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Behaviors,” also in Room M101B from 10:30am to 11:50am.  It will include the following presentations: “Functional Analysis and Intervention of Sexualized Behavior in Young Children with Intellectual Disabilityby Heather Frugoli, Simon Dejardin, and Sorah Stein, The Analysis of ‘Aberrant’ Sexual Behavior in Persons with Disabilities; Competing Reinforcement and Educationby Jessie Cooperkline and Nicholas Schreiber, and Reducing Public Masturbation of a Teenage Girl with Autism Within a Residential Group Homeby Albert Malkin, Deanna Strazzella, and Brigid McCormick.  Bobby Newman will act as the discussant for this symposium.  Please join us for any and all of these events!

This piece was originally published as a part of the Summer 2013 STEP SIG Newsletter.

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