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Mitigating Stigma & Discrimination in BDSM: Exploring Therapists' Social Justice Responsibilities
Description: This workshop examines the role of mental health practitioners in combating stigma and discrimination against people who practice BDSM. As more mental health professionals become knowledgeable about BDSM they will need skills to not only address the individual effects, but also address the social and cultural sources of discrimination. This workshop presents ideas on becoming effective allies, advocates and activists as the situation requires.
Objective(s): At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to: Identify three ways in which people who practice BDSM are currently stigmatized and discriminated against; Identify three skills required in professional advocacy.