Diverse erotic interests are held by people around the world, all of which provide unique healthcare needs. Read our “Core Competencies,” developed by TASHRA’s Clinical Training Team. These include the resources, knowledge and skills needed for Self Monitoring and Awareness, Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Ethics and Clinical Skills to provide quality culturally competent care to kink oriented clients/patients.

Presenting findings from TASHRA’s 2016 Kink Health Survey, Richard Sprott and Anna Randall provide an introduction to health inequities amongst kink-interested individuals and communities. Collected from approximately 1000 participants, self-reported mental and physical health care needs are translated into approaches to clinical treatment and implications for further research.

TASHRA’s educational mission advocates that healthcare providers should approach providing care to kink-identified people in the same manner they would approach any distinct culture or subculture that is marginalized by mainstream culture. In the last 4 years, TASHRA has developed and offered more than 34 online professional mental and medical health continuing education courses on topics and competencies related to providing care to kink-identified individuals.

 

TASHRA has played a large role in the expanding research field of kink and health. We hold ourselves accountable to bring post graduate level academic presentations that prioritize intersectionality, research informed theories, and clinical practices.

TASHRA
Mental Health Clinical Training
2024 Calendar

Born This Way? Exploring Theories of the Etiology and Development of Kink Desires
Clinical Skills, Elemental Level 1 – 1.28, 1.29
January 27-28, 2024

Fuck the Closet: Coming out as Kinky
Clinical Skills, Elemental Level 1 – 1.34
February 10-11, 2024

Chosen Ties: Unraveling the Intricacies of Kink and Polyamorous Family Systems
Clinical Skills, Elemental Level 1 – 1.36
March 16, 2024

Age-Play and Age-Regression from a Trauma and Play-Informed Perspective: The World of Littles, Bigs, ABDL, and DDlg
Clinical Skills, Elemental Level 1 – 1.33
April 27-28, 2024

When Kink and Parenting Collide: Negotiating Kink and Parenting
Core Concepts, Elemental Level 1 – 1.5, 1.7
May 11, 2024 (May 12 is Mother’s Day)

Between Limits and Liberation: Navigating Consent, Abusive Dynamics, and Legal Considerations in the Realm of Kink Relationships
Clinical Skills, Elemental Level 1 – 1.30, 1.32
Clinical Skills, Intermediate Level 2 – 2.31
June 1-2, 2024

Bound by Ethics: Navigating the Intersection of Kink and Clinical Practice
Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Ethics, Elemental Level 1 – 1.21, 1.23, 1.25, 1.26
Clinical Skills, Intermediate Level 2 – 2.26
August 3-4, 2024

Unveiling Desires and Distinguishing Distress: Understanding the Nuances Between Kink and Self-Harm
Core Concepts, Elemental Level 1 – 1.2, 1.3
Clinical Skills, Intermediate Level 2 – 2.26, 2.27
August 24-25, 2024

Well-Matched Lovers: The Dance of Kink and Neurodiversity
Core Concepts, Intermediate Level 2 – 2.1
Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Ethics, Elemental Level 1 – 1.21
September 7-8, 2024

Breaking Taboos, Building Bridges: A Multidisciplinary Professional Approach to Clinical Work with Kink Clients
Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Ethics, Elemental Level 1 – 1.20, 1.23, 1.24
October 5-6, 2024

Unshackling Shame: Delving into the Raw Realities of Humiliation and Objectification in Kink Relationships
Core Concepts, Elemental Level 1 – 1.2, 1.3
Clinical Skills, Elemental Level 1 – 1.29, 1.31
November 9-10, 2024