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


Thursday, April 15, 2021 and April 22, 2021

Worner Leland, MS, BCBA, LBA

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm eastern (New York)

Recording Availability:

You must register prior to the LIVE event to have access to the video. Video closes 10 days after the LIVE webinar.

Video closes at May 2, 2021 at 11:59 pm eastern (New York)

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Event Information


Unpublished Justice Department data suggest that individuals with intellectual and learning disabilities are at least seven times more likely to experience sexual assault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 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: Professionals for whom the topic is within their scope of practice. 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 is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at Empowered: A Center for Sexuality. 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. Their research has focused on intimacy-related behaviors in the queer community, and they value centering affirmation of all identities and relationship styles in intimacy-related research. Worner is also the President of the Association for Behavior Analysis International Sexual Behavior Research and Practice Special Interest Group.


Worner Leland does not receive royalties for any of the products, materials, organizations or resources discussed during this event but receives speaker fees for presenting this workshop.



    • Behavior Analysts earn 4 CEUs* (Ethics)  LIVE & RECORDING
    • Not eligible for NBCC, AOTA, APA or ASWB credit hours. You may download a certificate of attendance if your profession is not represented.


Please read the following information carefully:

    • You must attend the entire event to receive credit
    • Must pass post-test with 80% or above and submit all attendance codes
    • For ABAC's continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page


6:00 pm: Introduction
6:05 pm: Webinar begins
7:45 pm: Q&A session
8:00 pm: Evaluation, post-test and code submission forms