Kink Conscious Education

Course Overview

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Release judgment, expand knowledge, and support clients who identify as Kinky or “into BDSM.” In this course you will engage in an overview of the similarities and differences between the most common range of alternative sexualities as they relate to Kink/BDSM, and the most effective modalities to utilize with Kink/BDSM identified clients who seek assistance from your clinical, medical, or therapeutic practice.


This course is designed to give Sex Educators, Sexuality Resource Managers, Medical Professionals,Therapists, Sex Counselors, Sex Coaches, Nurses, Health Educators, Behavioral Health Specialists, Psychoanalysts, Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical Social Workers, Psychologists, and other healthcare providers (hereinafter referred to as Clinicians*), an overview of the similarities and differences between the most common range of alternative sexualities as they relate to Kink/BDSM, and the most effective modalities to utilize with Kink/BDSM identified clients who seek assistance from your clinical, medical, or therapeutic practice.

Clinicians will be able to identify as Kink Conscious, Kink Aware, Kink Knowledgeable, and Kink Sensitive.

Program Objectives
Graduates will be able to

1. Describe the ancient, cross cultural and contemporary roots of modern kink/BDSM and how this can empower your private practice and your client.
2. Utilize tools that support collaborating with your client to assess whether or not their desire for Kink/BDSM is a healthy behavior, an invitation for healing, and/or arising from past trauma and/or mental instability.
3. Describe the neurobiology of love and lust as it applies to Kink/BDSM.
4. Work effectively with couples when only one identifies as Kinky.
5. Implement interventions that support clients’ expressing their desire for Kink/BDSM in ways that are emotionally, physically and psychologically safe.
6. Describe the similarities and differences between Kink/BDSM, swinging, polyamory, asexual, sexual identification, fetish and other erotic templates as well as the most effective ways to focus therapeutic interventions.
7. Describe the difference between Domestic Violence, Codependency, Abuse and BDSM.
8. Apply Ethical and Legal Issues related to kinky clients.
9. Integrate academic research on kink/BDSM.
10. Special topics and ethical challenges when working with kinky clients.

Requirements
Student must be designated as Clinician* as defined in the Course Overview. If you have a question if your job description applies, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Evaluation
60 Class Hours
10 Hours of Supervision/Case Consultation
Student Survey, Supervision, Class Participation

2018 Schedule

Analysis & Assessment of BDSM in Culture - April 11-15 (in person Miami) Fun in the Sun!!

History and Science of BDSM - April 25 10am-3pm (live webinar)

Sociological Framework of Kink Communities - May 9 10am-3pm & May 23 10am-3pm (live webinar)

Treatment of Sexual Differentiation within Couples June 2 10am-3pm & June 13 10am-3pm (live webinar)

Gender, Sexual Attraction, and Relationship Design  June 20 10am-3pm & June 28 10am-3pm (live webinar)

Review of Research on Kink/BDSM July 8 10am-3pm & July 18 10am-3pm (live webinar)

Contemporary Analysis of BDSM in Media - August 1 10am-3pm (live webinar)

Intersectionality Between Kink/BDSM and Trauma  - August 15 10am-3pm & August 29 10am-3pm (live webinar)