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Understanding and Distinguishing Between DSM 5 Paraphilias, Kink, and Non-Vanilla Sex

3 CE Hours
Presenter: Kate Sutton, Ph.D.

Recorded workshop available via video on demand

$105.00

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Understanding and Distinguishing Between DSM 5 Paraphilias, Kink, and Non-Vanilla Sex

3 CE Hours
Presenter: Kate Sutton, Ph.D.

Recorded workshop available via video on demand

$105.00

Description

Description: 

This course is designed to challenge clinicians to think closely about the labels applied to their clients when it comes to their sexual interests. Participants in the class will develop a deeper understanding of the DSM 5 revisions to the paraphilias section while encouraging them to think differently about the most helpful ways in which to approach these topics with clients. Information about statistically normative sexual behaviors will be provided, along with thought-provoking ways to think about what is “healthy” for a client, versus what is “normative.” How clients go about making decisions around sexuality is an essential component to understanding and assessing what might be dangerous or maladaptive behavior, versus fantasy. A detailed overview of decision making will empower clinicians to make more thoughtful assessments around different courses of action their clients might take. The class will cover talking with both individuals and couples about sexual interests that range from consenting, but atypical through to those that are in conflict with the law.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To understand and articulate the difference between the DSM 5 diagnoses of disordered and non-disordered paraphilias.
  2. To learn more about kink and non-vanilla sex and how to talk with clients about these topics
  3. To learn about how people make sexual decisions and how to elicit more information about client decision-making

Activity Schedule:

  1. Normative Sexual Behavior ~15 minutes
  2. DSM & Paraphilias ~15 minutes
  3. Overview of Paraphilias and Paraphilic Disorders ~ 55 minutes
  4. Normalizing and Understanding Non-Vanilla Sexuality Outside of the DSM ~ 60 minutes
  5. Sexual Decision-Making ~ 35 minutes

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Kate Sutton is a clinical psychologist who earned her Doctoral degree at Queen’s University in Canada, where she studied the psychophysiological and brain mechanisms of vulvar pain in women. Her clinical work and training has focused on sexual dysfunctions and paraphilias, with a specific emphasis on pedophilia and sexual offending. Dr. Sutton completed her residency and pursued post-doctoral training at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada, where her training and clinical work was focused on paraphilic and kinky sexualities, gender dysphoria, and hypersexuality.

Since graduating and moving to California, Dr. Sutton has been the director of an outpatient sexual offender treatment clinic and the chief psychologist for Santa Clara County Hospitals and Jails. She moved into full-time private practice in 2020. Her private practice specializes in individuals and couples with sexual and relationship problems, as well as risk evaluations and treatment of sexual offenders. She has published numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on the topics of sexual dysfunction, hypersexuality, and paraphilias, as well as having won numerous awards for both her research and presentations.

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