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

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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.

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

Time & Location

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

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About The Event

Summer 2021

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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 develop