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Designing Instruction that Honors Client Assent Withdrawal, Promotes Self-Advocacy, and Minimizes Harm – A 4 hour workshop in 2 parts Fall 2022


Event Information

Presented by: Worner Leland, MS, BCBA, LBA

Live: 11/16/2022 & 11/30/2022 | 6:00 -8:00 pm Eastern ( New York)

The recording of all ABAC Live events are accessible to those that register for the live event for 2-weeks.

Continuing education credit and professional development requirements must be met within that two-week window.



Unpublished Justice Department data suggest that individuals with intellectual and learning disabilities are at least seven times more likely to experience sexual assault than their neurotypical peers, and that 86% of these assaults are committed by a non-stranger (Shapiro, Anderson, Benincasa, & Van Woerkom, 2018). Because of this, behavior analysts and other helping professionals have a crucial role in supporting client development of self-advocacy skills, which involve giving and removing of assent. We also have a responsibility to help create environments in which client autonomy and preferences are respected. This training reviews the BACB, QABA, and APA ethical codes relevant to client autonomy and assent and outlines ways to address these skills from an instructional design perspective. Empirically supported literature and data will be presented where applicable and available, and questions and discussion will be welcomed throughout the training. Practice activities will be provided to encourage application of the content, presenters will facilitate a discussion of several clinical scenarios, and attendees will have the opportunity to explore how these strategies can best be implemented with the client populations they serve

Target Audience: Behavior Analysts regardless of certification or license designation (i.e. pscyhologist, LBA, BCBA, BCBA-D, or QBA).  We welcome students and others who are also interested in the topic to join us.


By the end of this event participants should be able to:

  1. Select examples of both vocal and non-vocal responses indicating assent and removal of assent.
  2. Identify the ways in which training over-compliance can be harmful for clients.
  3. Select the key elements of an assent withdrawal instructional program.
  4. Given a scenario, select a response in line with BACB ethical codes and promotes client autonomy and choice.


Worner Leland, MS, BCBA (they/them) is a founder, co-owner, and educator with Sex Ed Continuing Ed, and a past president of the Sexual Behavior Research and Practice SIG of ABAI. Their work focuses on sex education, assent and consent education, and harm reduction and coercion reduction education in behavior analysis.


As co-owner of Sex Ed Continuing Ed, which produces the annual SexABA Conference and other continuing education events, Worner receives a portion of the profit from events produced. Worner also receives speaker fees for presentations with ABAC..


6:00 pm: 3-5 minute Introduction
6:05 pm Presentation begins
7:45 pm Audience QA- Audience may also ask questions throughout the presentations
8:00 pm: Live Model: Submitting Continuing Education Requirements and Evaluation and Accessing your Certificate (Optional but recommended for those new to ABAC- Can't stay Click on this Link for more on how to earn Continuing Education At ABAC


  • 0.4 IACET CEUs
  • 4 QABA Learning Units (LUs) (ethics)
  • 4 BACB CEUs (ethics)
  • 4 APA Credit Hours (ethics)
    • Not eligible for NBCC, AOTA, or ASWB credit hours. You may download a certificate of attendance if your profession is not represented.


Attendance Verification and Passing Score on Post-test (80%) Required to Earn Continuing Education Credit
Participants are provided multiple opportunities to pass the post-test and provide attendance verification.
For ABAC's continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page.
If the abovementioned continuing education credit requirements are not met, participants will not receive continuing education credit. Partial credit will not be awarded. Refunds and transfers are not granted if requirements are not met. In the event additional support is necessary to achieve the expected outcomes (see below) please reach out to to request assistance.

Attendees who meet the continuing education credit requirements must also fill out a confidential evaluation. Once the evaluation is complete, the certificate can be found in the "My Certificates" tab in an attendee's personal dashboard.


Certificate of attendance are offered to those who do not need or require continuing education credit. For those attending the live event, selecting "other" as a professional designation will produce a certificate of attendance for professional development or internal organization training purposes.


After attending this event, attendees will select the correct answer on 80% of the questions within 3 attempts of the post-test that assesses the 4 learning objectives for this 4-hour event.


Opportunities to interact with the presenter during the Live Event.
All ABACLive Events include a reference list which allows attendees to continue their research following the event.
Presenters may provide their slides or an abridged version of their slides as a handout at their own discretion.
Handouts and additional resources (if applicable) are available for download 24 hours prior to the Live Event start time.
Two-week Post-Live Event Access Period: During this time, those that registered for the live event are able to view the recording, access handouts and other resources provided (if applicable) and complete continuing education requirements.