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1.5 BACB CE + 1.5 AASECT SET Hours Covered


August 18, 2021
7-8:30PM CST


Sex, sexuality, and gender are different but interlocking concepts which compromise a myriad of response classes- which consist of both operant and respondent behavior.  Additionally, ontogenic and cultural level selectionism can result in sexual behaviors being framed as “good” or “bad” – resulting in potential discomfort with discussing sex, sexuality, and gender – and may function as an
establishing operation for attempts to change behaviors related to sex, sexuality, or gender.  In this presentation, selectionism at the phylogenic, ontogenic, and cultural levels (Skinner, 1953) will be
considered for sexual behavior, as will a Relational Frame Theory account of language as operant behavior (Hayes, Barnes-Holmes, & Roche, 2001) for sex, sexuality, and gender. Reliance on scientific knowledge (BACB, 2014) for sex, sexuality, and gender development across the lifespan will be considered, and the ethics of Behavior Analytic Sex Positivity will be explored.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this webinar participants will be able to:
1. Select behavioral definitions ofsex, sexuality, and gender
2. Define reliance on scientificknowledge as it pertains tosexual behavior across the lifespan 
3. Define Behavior Analytic SexPositivity


About The Presenter

Worner Leland, MS, BCBA is an agender, neurodivergent human, and a former researcher and educator of Upswing Advocates. For the past several years, Worner has also served as a sex educator with a focus on expanding affirming sexual education, consent education, and education on sexuality and data collection, and their research has focused on intimacy-related behaviors in the queer community. Worner is also a Past President and past Research and Dissemination Liaison of the ABAI Sexual Behavior Research and Practice SIG.

That's Behavior? Sex Defined Across the Lifespan - Live!


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