Emerging Research on Unique Fetish Interests and Communities
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Emerging Research on Unique Fetish Interests and Communities
Live Online Workshop
9am - 11am Pacific Standard Time
First session: Saturday, January 22nd
Second session: Sunday, January 23rd
Training level: Intermediate
Research on BDSM and Kink has exploded in the past two decades, as academic researchers and health practitioners have come to better understand the lives, experiences, motivations, needs, and communities of people who practice mainstream BDSM and kink activities. However, smaller, niche fetish communities have also sprung up in this same time, especially facilitated by the internet, but have received comparatively less attention. In this workshop, we will explore recent academic research focused on the psychology and social dynamics presented by these less well-understood fetish interests, identities, and communities. Communities and fetish interests that will be covered include: Pup play, Erotic Hypnosis, ABDL/Ageplay, Furries, Haircut Fetishism, and Cuckolding. Participants will also be invited to analyze and discuss hypothetical clinical case examples involving people who hold these interests, in an effort to improve clinical skills and competencies with these less well-understood communities.
After completion of the webinar, attendees will be able to…
- Describe a variety of unique fetish interests and communities, and the psychological dynamics behind them
- Discuss the unique role of the internet and online spaces in the development and proliferation of these unique fetish communities
- Analyze the role of social stigma, minority stress, and discrimination against these communities, in comparison and contrast with more mainstream kink interests and communities.
- Apply knowledge learned about these unique interests and communities to hypothetical case examples designed for a clinical context
The workshops will combine didactic instruction, case examples, and group discussion to demonstrate the practice of working with kink-involved clients.
Cost: $150 for 4 APA CE credits, $75 without APA CEs; All attendees receive AASECT CEs.
Sam Hughes, M.S., is a PhD student in social psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who studies kink, BDSM, and sexual fetishism. He has 4 publications so far, with several others on the way. He is currently in the process of completing his dissertation proposal and working to prepare for the academic job market.
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's Studies at California State University, East Bay and graduate level courses at various universities in the Bay Area, including UC Berkeley and Holy Names University.
The complete two-day event of two hours each day is eligible for 2 CE units. CE credit is APA and/or AASECT credit. 4 CE credits are available total.
CARAS is the organization that will sponsor the CE credit. CARAS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CARAS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. www.carasresearch.org
Many states honor APA CE credits for other licenced health professionals, please check with your own state licensing board.
This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 2 CE credits per module. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information on CE credit, please contact Richard Sprott at email@example.com directly.
TASHRA offers scholarships for attendance to our classes for select applicants. Use the link below to apply for a scholarship to attend this continuing education opportunity. Applications must be submitted at least 1-week prior to the start of the training. We are only able to offer 3-6 scholarships per course. Scholarships will take the form of 50% of tuition being covered. APplicants will be evaluated per their level of need and purpose for pursuing continuing education.
TASHRA offers discounts on tickets purchased for different sized groups. These can be groups of professionals or community members. For groups of 4-9, members will receive a discount code for 10% off tickets. For groups of 10 or more, members will receive a discount code for 15% off tickets.
Recordings of the webinar will be made available to individuals who have purchased tickets to the live event. Recordings are typically made available to attendees within 2 weeks of the end of the training. The recordings will be released with a content evaluation that ticket-holders may use to earn CEs asynchronously. Once they are released, asynchronous recordings will be available for one month. Attendees will receive access to the asynchronous materials within two weeks from the end of the webinar.
You may cancel up to ten days before a scheduled workshop without penalty and receive a credit for another workshop or a refund minus $7 for processing costs. If you cancel less than ten days before, you will be responsible for payment. TASHRA reserves the right to cancel any event that does not meet our minimum registration within 4 business days of the class. If TASHRA cancels an educational event, you will receive a credit toward another workshop.
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a. attempt to move the participant to another workshop, or
b. provide a credit for a subsequent year's workshop, or
c. provide a partial or full refund of the workshop fee.
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