Local Poets Support NCSF Fundraiser

It was a rainy summer solstice for us here in Chicago, but we made the very best of it at Big Chicks in mid June. KPACT members, Lifeworks therapists, and a roster of queer poets gathered at Big Chicks to share art and raise some funds for the National Coalition of Sexual Freedom. We were

Four Imagined Early Deaths

Thanks to everyone who attended the June KPACT Kick Back where we collected funds for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF). NCSF is an organization whose primary aim is to raise awareness of sex positive and alternative relationships, and advocate for the rights of anyone in the BDSM, kink, and polyamorous communities. And what better

Therapeutic Issues in Kink & Consensual Non-Monogamy with Dr. Eli Sheff

Eli Sheff, PhD is a sociologist and researcher who has compiled the only longitudinal study on polyamorous relationships. For over 20 years, Dr. Sheff has followed, interviewed and published her findings about polyamorous families to gain and share perspective about what polyamory looks like, and how it affects people.  On July 6th, Dr. Sheff joined

The Truth about SESTA, FOSTA, and Sex Trafficking

The Stop Enabling Sex Trafficking Act and the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, known by their acronyms SESTA and FOFSTA respectively, earned support from Republicans and Democrats. On April 11, 2018 the bill was signed into law. Unfortunately, the impact of SESTA/FOSTA create an environment of increased vulnerability and danger for sex workers.

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The Importance of the Therapist’s Attachment Style

Santiago Delboy, MBA, LCSW, S-PSB, is a colleague and friend of KPACT, who brings insight and thoughtfulness to his work and collaboration. We are pleased to share some of his writing. This post appears in Santiago Delboy’s blog, which can be found here. I believe attachment theory provides a fundamental framework to understand the issues our clients bring to

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Maximizing Progress Toward Therapy Goals – Getting to the Gold!

by Fawna Stockwell, PhD, BCBA-D Fawna Stockwell is the Director of Research and Programs at Upswing Advocates, a Chicago nonprofit organization that provides sliding scale coaching, groups, trainings, and research opportunities that focus on the LGBTQIA community. Fawna is also the Associate Director of Research in the Applied Behavior Analysis department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s

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Polyphobia: Anti-Polyamorous Prejudice and Discrimination

by Elisabeth A. Sheff Ph.D., CASA, CSE Eli Sheff is considered a leading expert when it comes to polyamory and stigma. Eli is the CEO and Director of Legal Services at the Sheff Consulting Group, a think-tank of experts specializing in diverse subcultures and under-served populations. The following is an article she wrote for Psychology Today about polyamphobia