Loading Events

« Back to Workshops

Changing Practices to Promote Sexual Self Advocacy

Thursday, February 17, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sexual health and sexual self-advocacy are areas that are too often overlooked for individuals with disabilities. Many practitioners feel uncomfortable with the content, lack access to resources or training, or only consider sexuality education after instances of abuse or unsafe sexually-related behaviors occur. As practitioners whose work can span across ages, environments, and disabilities, behavior analysts are in the unique position to lead access to comprehensive sexuality education and promote sexual self-advocacy. Rather than viewing sexuality education as unapproachable, this training will demonstrate how to conceptualize components of sexuality education into more familiar territory such as the teaching of adaptive behaviors and complex discriminations. Within this training, attendees will discuss the BCBA scope of competence as it relates to sexuality education and compliance with professional and ethical codes of practice. Attendees will link the use of methodologies like the functional behavior assessment to sexuality education and identify strategies to support specific content areas and concepts. In addition, attendees will define ways to empower individuals towards sexual self-advocacy, and support teams in preparing, teaching, and promoting sexuality education.

As a result of this training, participants will:

  1. Define scope of competence as it relates to the BACB ethical and professional code and sexuality education.
  2. Learn how to promote areas of sexuality education in their own practices including human sexual development, public and private, body autonomy, and self-care.
  3. Identify and describe how behavior analytic methodologies can be incorporated into sexuality education.
  4. Identify considerations for use of common practices and strategies when trying to promote sexuality education and access.
  5. Define strategies for gaining buy-in from teams including parents and staff for sexuality education


About the Presenter

Katherine McLaughlin, M.Ed., AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator, is the Founder, CEO and Lead Trainer for Elevatus Training. As a national expert on sexuality and I/DD she trains professionals, and parents as well as individuals to become sexual self-advocates, and peer sexuality educators.  She is the author of, Sexuality Education for People with Developmental Disabilities curriculum. She has developed two online courses: Developmental Disability and Sexuality 101 for professionals and Talking to Your Kids: Developmental Disabilities and Sexuality for parents, and a 3-Day certificate training: Becoming a Sexuality Educator and Trainer. She has spent her 25+ year career committed to elevating the status of all people, which is why the name of her growing company is Elevatus Training.


Rachel Schwartz, PhD, BCBA-D has worked internationally creating and supervising programs for individuals with disabilities across the lifespan. Dr. Schwartz received her Master’s degree in Teaching and Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Georgia and her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Pittsburgh. Her work as a consultant and trainer includes teaching behavior analytic strategies and exploring issues related to sexual education and quality of life. Dr. Schwartz has published original research on these topics in special education journals as well as presented at national, state, and local conferences. With her organization Behavior Goals, Dr. Schwartz shares her over 15 years of experience working in special education to empower students, families, and professionals.


Thursday, February 17, 2022
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Event Categories:
Skip to content