Intro to Clinical Guidelines for Clients with Kink Interests

Event Date: 04/17/2020

Location: 1819-21 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657


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New Kink Consent Guidelines, presented by: Carrie Jameson, LCPC & Braden Berkey, Psy.D., CSE
Friday, April 17, 6:30-8:30 pm

2 Ethics CEs available

As helping professionals, mental health workers have an ethical and a professional responsibility to provide culturally competent care to our clients.

Clinical competence is especially crucial for individuals who are underserved and misunderstood in society, such as those involved in kink and fetish. When some find their way to mental health professionals for help, they may be fortunate to find a therapist who is knowledgeable and experienced with kink and BDSM. Yet, many more may find clinicians unfamiliar with kink who have unaddressed biases or may pathologize them. Due to this care gap and high likelihood of negative experiences, people involved in kink often fear being stigmatized and can experience the negative effects of minority stress.

To change this, in the Spring of 2018, a team of highly experienced clinicians gathered to explore what constitutes clinical best practices in working with those who are interested and/or involved in kink, BDSM, and/or fetish eroticism. These guidelines were published in January 2020 and will be reviewed during this presentation.

Following a review of the clinical guidelines, case examples will be used to help clinicians become familiar with the guidelines and use them to inform clinical decisions.

Join us for a lively conversation on Friday, April 20, 2020. The presentation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, with time from 5:30 on for connecting with others. Beverages and light snacks will be served.

Please note that the price has gone up to $25 for CE’s