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Kink Aware Practice: What Your Clients Wish You Knew (But Are Afraid You'll Ask)
Description: As BDSM enters the mainstream, more and more clients are feeling empowered to share their experiences with power exchange, sensation play, and other kinky dynamics of their lives with their therapists. This session will provide a brief overview of BDSM, discuss some myths and misconceptions about the kink community, discuss some key clinical considerations and explore strategies for conducting a kink-affirming risk assessment. Conversation will be frank, questions strongly encouraged.
Objective(s): At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to: demonstrate an increased understanding of and empathy for practitioners of BDSM and other kinks; distinguish between healthy, consensual kink and problematic sexual/relational dysfunctions.