Many sexual and relationship minority clients want their therapist to have a basic knowledge of BDSM (Bondage & Discipline, Domination & Submission, Sadism & Masochism), kink, and consensual non-monogamy. Clients are also often afraid of disclosing their sexual preferences and relationship choices for fear of therapist judgment. Clients also often do not want the responsibility of educating their therapist in these topics.

This workshop will cover the basics of working with sexual minorities who practice BDSM and Kink as well as consensual non-monogamy. Participants will learn vocabulary to better communicate with clients who are in these populations. Common ways these sexual minorities are marginalized will be covered. Common clinical issues and helpful practices will be identified. Throughout the presentation opportunities to examine therapist bias will be present. Clinicians will also learn the basics of differentiating between safe, consensual BDSM practices and abusive practices and will gain tools to discuss these topics with clients.

Learning Objectives:

Define 4 basic vocabulary used for BDSM, Kink, Fetish, and Consensual Non-Monogamy (CNM).

List two ways BDSM/Kink clients may be marginalized.

List two ways CNM clients may be marginalized.

Assess and differentiate between safe and abusive practices in BDSM.

List two clinical issues often faced by kinky clients.

Name two clinical issues often faced by non-monogamous clients

Explain two resources for use in working with kink and BDSM populations.

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