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Cultivating an Assent-Based Practice: Perspectives and Considerations

Wednesday November 8, 2023

7-8:20p Eastern Time (see the time where you are)

presented by Janani Vaidya, M.S., BCBA, IBA

1.5 CE, generously provided by Mary Baldwin University

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Event Description

Cultivating an assent-based practice is critical for creating a safe and respectful environment for all individuals. Creating a context that honors assent and assent-withdrawal of all individuals in that context are repertoires developed with shared values, shared understanding of contextual flexibility, and active and ongoing skill-building. During this webinar, we will discuss some of the features of cultivating such a practice, starting points, and aspects to reflect on contextually as we move towards a cultural shift of practice.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to 

Session Presenter

Janani Vaidya (they/them) is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, researcher, writer, and editor. Currently, they are a faculty member of the Applied Behavior Analysis program at National Louis University. Janani also serves as an affiliate researcher with the Louisiana Contextual Science Research Group and the Assent Lab, and a co-chair for the Gender and Sexual Diversity Special Interest Group (GSD SIG) of the Association of Contextual Behavior Science (ACBS). Trained in behavior analysis and contextual behaviorism, Janani's work outside of higher education includes (1) skill-building and advocacy work with disabled and/or neurodivergent adults, (2) facilitating related staff training, (3) conducting research that focuses on developing theoretical frameworks for gender and sexuality, implicit bias, harm reduction, assent-based skill building and practice, disability justice and access, and equity, and (4) working for and conducting sensitivity training for a variety of media and publishing outlets. You can learn more about their work at

CE & Recorded session Information

1.5 Learning CEs available for participants who (a) attend the session synchronously during the event, (b) sign in within 5 minutes of the session start time and out at the end of the session, and (c) provide feedback/evaluation following the session. CE certificates are typically sent within 1 week of the event.

The session will be recorded for later viewing. A link to the recording will be posted on our member Google Group and Facebook Group. If you are not already a member, visit

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