Sat, Jun 25


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Lucy in the Sky: Pharmacology, Sex, and Kink

How do medications affect people sexually? How do medications affect people's kink scenes? How might watersports affect your sobriety? This workshop will focus on the basic of how prescriptions interact with common health conditions, and particularly with sexuality.

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Lucy in the Sky: Pharmacology, Sex, and Kink

Time & Location

Jun 25, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

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TASHRA Elements Training

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Lucy in the Sky: Pharmacology, Sex, and Kink

Live Online Workshop

3 hours

9am - 12pm Pacific Standard Time

Session: Saturday, June 25th

Training level: Elemental

How do medications affect people sexually?  How do medications affect people's kink scenes?  How might watersports affect your sobriety? This workshop will focus on the basic of how prescriptions interact with common health conditions, and particularly with sexuality. Kink specialist physicians, Dr. Erik Wert, an Internal Medicine doctor and Dr. Anand Pandya, a Psychiatrist will walk us through the psychopharmacology, unique aspects of medications and their effect on sexual performance and sexual desire. They will lead a discussion on how kink activities like flogging, watersports/fisting, and rough sex may be affected. Actual cases will be presented and discussed.

Learning objectives:

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

  1. Describe how medications affect the different phases of sexual function
  2. Identify at least two special concerns when engaging in kink activities while on medication.
  3. List some resources for assessing the impact of medication on sexual function.


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

Cost: $115 for 3 APA CE credits, $57 for 3 without APA CEs;  All attendees are eligible for AASECT CEs.

Instructor Bios:


Dr. Wert (He/His/Him) received his Bachelors in Science from Union College, Schenectady NY with a majoring in biology, with a minor in chemistry. He then attended medical school at Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) graduating in 2000. He completed his medical internship and Internal Medicine Residency at Ingham Regional Medical Center/McLaren Greater Lansing in 2005. Dr. Wert is also Board Certified in Internal Medicine, and is a Fellow in the College of Internal Medicine. Once he graduated from his residency he has practice Internal Medicine in Lansing, MI since 2005. His focus has been preventive healthcare and sexual health care. He subsequently returned an obtained his Masters in Public Health from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 2016.

Dr. Wert speaks at both State and Local levels on Health Inequalities faced by diverse patient population. He provides primary care, HIV care and HIV prevention to a large BDSM/Kink community. He is a member of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, and is also a Kink Aware Professional though the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom. Dr. Wert lectures on multiple topics relative to healthcare and healthcare disparities at various state and local events. He has also served as a guest lecture on BDSM/Kink at various organizations. Dr. Wert serves an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at MSUCOM. Dr. Wert obtained his certification in HIV medicine from the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM) in 2020. He is also assisting the AAHIVM in re-writing their modules on how to take a sexual history, and focusing on educating providers on BDSM/Kink. Dr. Wert also serves CARAS community-based IRB Committee.

Anand Pandya

Anand Pandya is a graduate of Harvard College and NYU School of Medicine. He was a Chief Resident for Adult Psychiatry at Columbia University and a Forensic Psychiatry Fellow at NYU/Bellevue Hospital. He has held leadership positions in the departments of psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Interim Chair), and LAC+USC Medical Center (FKA Los Angeles General Hospital.) He was an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry at USC.

He has served on numerous non-profit boards including the Menninger Clinic, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAM-National) and Disaster Psychiatry Outreach, a non-profit that he co-founded and which received numerous awards for their work with 9-11 families in NYC. He served 2 terms as President of NAMI-National, the nation’s leading mental health advocacy organization and revised their “Family-to-Family” curriculum which serves as the primary source of family psychoeducation nationwide. He has over 3 dozen peer-reviewed publications and has co-edited two award-winning books about disaster psychiatry. He continues to serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Psychiatric Practice, and to provide peer reviews for psychiatric journals and the National Institute of Mental Health.


Continuing Education

The complete one day event of three hours is eligible for 3 CE units.  CE credit is APA and/or AASECT credit. 3 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.

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 3 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

For further information on CE credit, please contact Richard Sprott at directly.

Scholarship Opportunities

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.

Scholarship Application


Group Rates

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.

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 $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.

CARAS Complaint Resolution Procedures

CARAS is committed to conducting all activities in compliance with the American Psychological Association's (APA) 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 CARAS 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. The person with a grievance will first try to informally resolve their grievance by contacting CARAS with the issue concerning the training, its delivery, the evaluation method, technological issue, other student(s), and/or any other concern.     
    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:
    3. Attempt to move the participant to another workshop, or
    4. Provide a credit for a subsequent year's workshop, or
    5. 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.

  1. 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:     
    1. Request that the complainant submit a written complaint and propose an appropriate remedy.
    2. Provide the instructor(s) with the opportunity to respond to the complaint and propose an appropriate remedy,
    3. Review these documents, make a final determination, and decide on any remedy.


  2. CARAS’s training committee will then consult regarding this grievance in an effort to find fair methods of resolving the grievance.
  3. CARAS will abide by any decisions made by the APA regarding resolution of the grievance.

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

at or at 510-919-4488. You can also contact us at

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