Registration now open!

Produced in partnership with the Great Lakes Sexual Health Alliance

Theme: Cultural Shifts: Media, Identity, Diversity and Alternative Sexualities

May 26, 2017
Location: Chicago, Illinois
The Center on Halsted

Keynote Speakers: Caroline Shahbaz and Peter Chirinos

The authors of the 2017 book “Becoming a Kink Aware Therapist” will be presenting the opening keynote address and a workshop.  Drawing on current research and ethnographic narratives from the kink community, the workshop provides psychotherapists with an understanding of the culture and practice of BDSM and presents specific therapeutic concerns related to common misconceptions. This workshop is packed with practical suggestions and rich case studies applicable to sexual minorities. In particular, it differentiates cutting and self-harm from masochism and explores the experiences of coming out ‘kinky’. Finally the ways in which social cultural political biases impact professional and personal perspectives will be explored.

Early registration will open on February 14, 2017
Registration after May 15, 2017:  add $20

Community Members   $75, limit of 20 spaces

Licensed Professionals  $150, includes Continuing Education credit

Professionals  $125, no CE credit

Students  $75, must show ID at check in

CARAS members get special enrollment – see registration categories for members

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