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Trauma & BDSM (4CEs, 2023)

4 CE Hours
Presented By: Rafaella Smith-Fiallo, LCSW
Friday, September 22, 2023  9am to 1pm EDT 
Recorded workshop available via video on demand
AASECT Category:

Human Sexuality Education, Section J

$140.00

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Trauma & BDSM (4CEs, 2023)

4 CE Hours
Presented By: Rafaella Smith-Fiallo, LCSW
Friday, September 22, 2023  9am to 1pm EDT 
Recorded workshop available via video on demand
AASECT Category:

Human Sexuality Education, Section J

$140.00

Description

Course description

BDSM and kink are forms of sexual expression that serves a variety of purposes to the practitioner, from being an outlet for creativity to being a container for healing and much more. However, society holds many misconceptions about BDSM and kink, which may become present during therapy and create space for transference and countertransference between clients and therapists. Working with traumatized clients who practice or are interested in BDSM and kink may add on an additional layer of concern and discomfort for therapists.

This workshop explores how traditional therapy has historically subjugated sexual minorities who practice BDSM and kink, offers clinicians a space to challenge their own biases, provides affirming research in the area of practicing BDSM and kink for trauma survivors, and guides clinicians through case examples and tools for supporting clients who want to use BDSM and kink as a tool in their trauma healing process.

Learning objectives

  • Describe the effect that trauma has on the brain, body, and sex.
  • List three common misconceptions about BDSM/kink.
  • Define different types of BDSM practice and kink interests.
  • Discuss the differences between healthy and abusive practices in BDSM/kink..
  • Discuss two countertransference issues that can arise and how to manage them.

Schedule

9:00-9:10: Introduction to MSTI, presenter, and course purpose 

9:10-9:30: Discuss myths and messages surrounding BDSM/Kink. 

9:30-10:00: Review different types of BDSM practice, kink interests, and related terms 

10:00-11:00: Explore treatment barriers 

11:00-12:00: Introduce interventions and practice (activity) 

12:00-12:45: Review case examples 

12:45-1:00: Closing comments and Q & A 

About the speaker

Rafaella Smith-Fiallo, LCSW (she/ella) is a sexual liberation activist, speaker, and therapist specializing in relationship, sex, and trauma therapy. She works out of her private practice, Healing Exchange LLC, in St. Louis, MO and co-founded Afrosexology, a sex-positive, pleasure-based sexuality education business. Rafaella has worked in the fields of suicide prevention and crisis intervention, with veteran populations, in inpatient and outpatient settings, within nonprofit mental health organizations, and has a passion for community healing. She is an international educator, consultant, and speaker and has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, HuffPost, Teen Vogue, Vibe Magazine, and Broadly. Learn more about Rafaella and her work at www.rafaellafiallo.com.