March 27th and 28th


Zoom Webinar

Elements: Building an Inclusive Practice for the Unconventional

Perspective matters in culturally humble care. Whether you are an established clinician or just beginning your clinical journey, this workshop offers new insights and fresh ideas to strengthen a kink-inclusive environment and refresh practice protocols and tools.

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Elements: Building an Inclusive Practice for the Unconventional

Time & Location

March 27th and 28th

Zoom Webinar

About The Event

2021 Spring

TASHRA Foundations Training

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Elements: Building a Kink-Inclusive Practice

Live Online Workshop

2 hour online sessions, 1 weekend, Saturday and Sunday

9 am to 11 am Pacific Standard Time

First session: Saturday, March 27th

Second session: Sunday, March 28th

Perspective matters in culturally humble care. Whether you are an established clinician or just beginning your clinical journey, this workshop offers new insights and fresh ideas to strengthen a kink-inclusive environment and refresh practice protocols and tools. In this workshop, explore the practical, political, legal and ethics of a kink-inclusive practice with an emphasis on where you live, where you practice and your unique offering to kink-interested clients. You will leave with actionable insights or a self-directed exercise to offer your best to your clients in 2021.

Learning objectives:

After completion of the webinar, attendees will be able to…

  1. Define what it means to be be a cultural humble and inclusive practitioner with kink and/or CNM-involved clients
  2. Discuss challenges within the field for building a kink competent practice, with an emphasis on intersecting identities and regional differences
  3. Outline culturally-specific ethical issues when working with kink or CNM-involved clients
  4. Evaluate the current operations of your practice and identify at least two ways to improve the environment to be more kink/CNM inclusive.
  5. Describe factors that lead clients to search for practitioners who are skilled in working with the kink community and/or CNM


The workshops will combine didactic instruction, case examples, and group discussion to demonstrate the practice of working with kink-involved clients.

Cost:  $150.00 with 4 APA CE credits, $75.00 without APA CEs;  All attendees receive AASECT CEs. Optional $20 follow-up session to be scheduled one month after the original training. This follow-up session will be no more than two hours.

Instructor Bios:

Zita Nickeson:

Zita Nickeson is a Certified Sex Therapist and Sex Educator as well as the owner of NW Sexual Counseling, her private practice of over 10 years.  Her office is located in Spokane, WA (Eastern Washington), however she serves clients in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and across Washington State.  Living and working in a rural, more conservative region, Zita has developed an alternative insight into the dynamics of working within the sexual health field, as well as developing a Kink inclusive practice.  As one of the only Sex Therapists in this region, as well as the only Kink Aware professional between Seattle and Chicago until recent years, Zita has supervised graduate students and new professionals going into the sexual health field.  She is pleased to share the insight she has gained over the years, her experience in developing and maintaining a Kink Inclusive practice, and how she has learned to navigate the complexities of Kink within rural areas.

Carrie Jameson:

Carrie Jameson, LCPC (she/hers) is a therapist in private practice in Chicago.  Carrie works with people of all orientations, identities, and relationships, including heterosexual, LGBTQIA, POC, fetish, kink, and alternative relationships (such as consensual non-monogamy, swinging, and polyamory) and those who are working through issues related to sexuality.  She has completed the sex therapist training program at the Modern Sexuality Institute and is currently in a Somatic Experiencing training program.  Carrie is a member of the Kink Practice Guidelines team and is currently an adjunct processor at Adler University.

Carrie is passionate about working with kink involved clients and combining her experience with trauma, body based therapy, and sex therapy to provide a non-judgmnental place for people for kink-identified clients to receive mental health services.  She is also passionate about educating other therapists how to become more kink and non-monogamy aware and regularly presents at KPACT (Kink, Polyamory Aware Chicago Therapists), MOTE, and guest lectures in local psychology professional schools.

Richard Sprott:

Richard Sprott received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from UC Berkeley in 1994. His early work was on social and language development in early childhood. Throughout the 1980s, he conducted program evaluations for educational programs for migrant farmworker families and worked in other areas of migrant farmworker education. As a researcher he has examined in detail the relationship between professional identity development and the development of professional ethics in medical doctors, ministers and teachers, and professional identity development in emerging fields of work.  He is currently directing research projects focused on identity development and health/well-being in people who express alternative sexualities and non-traditional relationships, with a special emphasis on kink/BDSM sexuality, and polyamory or consensual non-monogamy.  He is the President-Elect of the Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (APA Division 44) for 2020-2021.  He is also the co-author of Sexual Outsiders: Understanding BDSM Sexualities and Communities (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013). Along with Dr. Elisabeth Sheff, he is co-editor of a new book series Diverse Sexualities, Genders, and Relationships from Rowman & Littlefield. All of these efforts highlight the ways in which stigma, prejudice, minority dynamics, health, language, identity development and community development all intersect and affect each other.  Richard currently teaches courses in the Department of Human Development and Women