Through this course, participants will gain knowledge about the basics of kink, both from the lens of understanding kink identity and various forms of kink practice. By discussing the current debates within the kink therapist community and the kink community at large, participants will learn to approach clients from an informed perspective allowing for enhanced therapeutic connection and greater understanding. We will explore the various outcomes that can result from participating in kink and reasons for engaging in kink practice. Lastly, we will discuss the psychological consequences of experiencing negative therapeutic interactions based on conscious and unconscious bias towards the kink community and strategies to address them.
3 hour course
20 min- Kink 101
Profile of Kinksters- (research)
Types of Dynamics (exploring various hierarchical structures)
Sexual v. Non Sexual BDSM
20 min -History
Shifts in kink perspectives
Escape From Self
Guilt Reduction Theory
Kink identity development- Samuel Hughes
20 minutes -Benefits/Consequences of kink practice
Individual mental health outcomes
20 minutes- Current kink debates
SSC v. RACK v. 4Cs
Power Exchange v. Authority Transfer
Kink as identity v. Kink as leisure
20 Minutes- Healthy kink v. Abuse (Red Flags)
10 minutes-Play/Relationship Negotiation
Pillars of kink negotiation
25 minutes- Pathologizing Kink
Negative therapeutic interactions
Sources of kink shame
Strategies to address bias
20 min- Common issues in therapy/ Case Studies
15 minutes- Questions, discussion
AMHTI is approved as a provider of continuing education by numerous national agencies and routinely applies for continuing education credits for professionals from state agencies when needed.
There are many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations that will grant continuing education credit for attendance at AMHTI’s seminars and activities. If you have questions as to whether AMHTI’s continuing education credits will count for your state, please contact us.
The Advanced Mental Health Training Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AMHTI maintains responsibility for all programs and their content.
The Advanced Mental Health Training Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.6901. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Advanced Mental Health Training Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
Modern Sex Therapy Institutes [1787, 1/7/22-1/7/23], is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.
AMHTI is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider#: 50-11996. AMHTI is an approved provider with the The Florida Certification Board. Provider #5273-A.
AMHTI is an approved provider with the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). Provider # 07-110-J.