June 26th and 27th, 9am-11am PST | Zoom

From the Playroom to the Courtroom: BDSM, Consent, and the Law

Join us for a collaborative event with the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF). The first two-hour workshop will focus on the latest developments in the civil and criminal justice systems as it relates to people involved in kink/BDSM. Consent issues will be the focus of the second workshop.
From the Playroom to the Courtroom: BDSM, Consent, and the Law

Time & Location

June 26th and 27th, 9am-11am PST
Zoom

About The Event

Summer 2021

TASHRA Elements Training

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From the Playroom to the Courtroom: BDSM, Consent, and the Law

Live Online Workshop

4 hours

9am to 11am Pacific Standard Time

First session: Saturday, June 26th

Second session: Sunday, June 27th

The first two-hour workshop will focus on the latest developments in the civil and criminal justice systems as it relates to people involved in kink/BDSM.  What is the current state of divorce, custody, and criminal issues?  What resources are available to help mental health providers when these issues come up?  What are the latest efforts to decriminalize BDSM, and to address issues related to the stigma put on kink by society?

Consent issues will be the focus of the second two-hour workshop, with some time spent on how clinicians can educate clients who are involved in kink behaviors but are not part of the kink community and its educational groups and events.  How do consent violations within BDSM contexts compare to consent violations in mainstream contexts?  What seems to be effective in community-wide consent education efforts, in the kink community?

Learning objectives:

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

Saturday

  1. Outline common issues related to divorce and custody proceedings when kink/BDSM behaviors are involved.
  2. Describe common issues in criminal proceedings when kink/BDSM behaviors are involved.
  3. Summarize the efforts to decriminalize BDSM.

Sunday

  1. Describe the most frequent situations leading to consent violations.
  2. Outline the elements of community-wide consent education efforts and their possible effects.
  3. Incorporate strategies to address the needs of kinky clients when they do not access educational kink groups/events.

Format:

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 for 4 AASECT CEs without APA CEs;  All attendees receive AASECT CEs.

Instructor Bios:

Guest instructors:

Susan Wright

Susan Wright founded the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom in 1997, and currently serves as Spokesperson and Director of Incident Reporting & Response. Susan also serves on the advocacy committees for AASECT, the Kink Clinician Guidelines, and the Diverse Sexualities Research Education Institute. She chaired the successful DSM-5 Revision Project which helped result in the consensual paraphilias being removed from the Paraphilic Disorders in 2013. She has presented for over a hundred professional organizations, Universities, service agencies and community groups on consent, sexuality and the media, and discrimination against consenting adults. Susan has conducted six surveys on discrimination and violence against BDSM practitioners; consent practices and attitudes; and the mental and physical health of BDSM and non-monogamy practitioners. Her research has been published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Psychology & Sexuality, Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Archives of Sexual Behavior, Journal of Sexual Medicine, Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, International Journal of Social Psychiatry, and Journal of Homosexuality. www.ncsfreedom.org

Russell Stambaugh:

Russell received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1988.  He maintained a private practice as a psychotherapist from 1983-2015 when he was forced to retire due to lung cancer.  He joined AASECT in 1995, and became certified as a Sex Therapist in 2005, and later as a Sex Therapy Supervisor.  He held many committee positions and served for 5 years on the Board of Directors.  He has twice been awarded the Distinguished Service to AASECT Award.  With Susan Wright, he designed a series of highly popular AASECT trainings including Kink as Social Organization, 2 Taste of Kink live demonstrations, and presentations on the 2014 Consent Violations Survey and 2020 Consent Survey.  In 2017, he was awarded The Lifetime Achievement Award for Kink Advocacy jointly conferred by AASECT and CARAS.  It has been awarded annually since as the Race Bannon Advocacy Award. Russell has since served as Professionals Advocate on the NCSF Board.  He continues to add to his blog on matters kinky, clinical, and social constructionist at elephaninthehottub.com.

Russell’s pronouns are he/him, he is out as a retired psychologist – he doesn’t care who knows it -- and lives in Ann Arbor with his wife of 38 years and cat of 9 years.

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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'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.

Anna Randall:

Anna Randall, DHS, LCSW, MPH (she/her/hers) is co-founder & Executive Director of TASHRA - The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance (tashra.org), a national

nonprofit research and clinical training organization. She holds a Doctorate in Human Sexuality, a Masters in Public Health, and a Masters in Social Work from Boston Univ. Dr. Randall is a published researcher on the lived-experienced of kink-involved (BDSM & fetish) individuals, a sex therapist & adjunct faculty at Widener Univ. Recent involvements: Clinical Practice Guidelines for Working with People with Kink Interests, founder of the MOTE Conference, and Co-lead Investigator on the Kink Health Survey 2021 based on the 2016 preliminary findings.

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Continuing Education

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 info@assect.org.

For further information on CE credit, please contact Richard Sprott at richard@tashra.org directly.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel up to ten days before a scheduled workshop without penalty and receive a credit for another workshop or a refund minus $10 for processing costs. If you cancel less than ten days before, you will be responsible for payment. CARAS reserves the right to cancel any event that is less than 60% full within 4 business days of the class. If CARAS cancels an educational event, you will receive a credit toward another workshop.

CARAS Complaint Resolution Procedures

CARAS is committed to conducting all activities in compliance with the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists. CARAS will adhere to all legal and ethical responsibilities to be nondiscriminatory in promotional activities, program content, and the treatment of program participants. Monitoring and assessment of these standards will be the responsibility of the Continuing Education Administrator. While CARAS makes every attempt to assure fair treatment for all participants, occasionally complaints will arise about continuing education programs. The procedures for addressing complaints are as follows:

When a participant files a complaint, either orally or in written format, and expects action on the complaint, the following actions will be taken.

1. If the grievance concerns a speaker, the content presented by the speaker, or the style of presentation, the individual making the complaint will be asked to put his/her comments in written format. The on-site CE Coordinator will then pass the comments on to the speaker, assuring the confidentiality of the complainant.

2. If the complaint concerns a workshop offering, its content, level of presentation, or the facilities in which the workshop was offered, on-site CE Coordinator will mediate and attempt to resolve the complaint on-site. If the participant requests action, the Coordinator is empowered to:

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.

Actions 2b and 2c will require a written note, documenting the grievance, for record keeping purposes. The note need not be signed by the grieved individual.

3. If the complaint is made after the program has occurred or concerns the CARAS CE programming more generally, the CARAS Complaint Panel will address it as follows:

a. Request that the complainant submit a written complaint and propose an appropriate remedy,

b. provide the instructor(s) with the opportunity to respond to the complaint and propose an appropriate remedy,

c. review these documents, make a final determination, and decide on any remedy.

For further information, contact the Executive Director of CARAS, Richard A. Sprott,

at richard.sprott@carasresearch.org or at 510-919-4488. You can also contact us at

CARAS, P.O. Box 812, Rio Vista, CA 94571

Tickets
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    $150
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  • Non/Pre-licensed professional
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