Pleasure, Play and Safety: Ask a Kink Doctor
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TASHRA Pleasure, Play and Safety Webinar
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Pleasure, Play and Safety: Ask a Kink Doctor
Live Online Workshop
May 28th and 29th, 5pm - 7pm Pacific Standard Time
First session: Friday, May 28th
Second session: Saturday, May 29th
Being safe is a hallmark of kink, and that means more than thoroughly understanding consent. Whether asking about the risks of certain kink activities or how certain kink activities impact their existing health, many kink-involved people experience difficulty finding answers from competently informed and non-judgmental healthcare providers.
TASHRA invites the kink community to a collaborative community health education event. In two evening conversations, respected health & kink physicians, Dr. Erik Wert and Dr. Landi Cranstoun, will answer common health questions that are often asked of their kink friends and in community forums. We welcome your questions in advance: https://bit.ly/3fitHsD.
FRIDAY May 28
Balancing Pleasure and Prevention
Erik Wert, DO has been serving kink, trans, fetish and LGBTQ+ patients for over 20 years. He is an internist and Associate Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University. Eric brings his expertise in cancer, chronic illness, vaccines, HIV medicine, trans healthcare, and men’s health to this kink health discussion. Examples of kinds of questions we will cover:
· Is scrotal and ball stretching safe when using metal doughnut weights?
· I get badly constipated after I use “big boy” anal dildoes, especially “colon snakes,” and nothing seems to help. Is this causing long term problems to my colon?
· I’m in recovery from substance abuse and tested positive for opiates in a random urine screen after a weekend play party. I didn’t “use”…..now, WTF?
· I want to get on Prep, but I am scared to ask my doctor because I am into BDSM.
SATURDAY May 29
Your Kink and Your Family Doctor
Landi Cranstoun, MD has been providing care to rural and urban kinksters, sexual & gender diverse patients and their families for many years. A family practice physician who recently emigrated from the US to New Zealand. She’ll speak candidly about what kink folks should consider when talking to their doctors about their kink, common health questions about some kink activities in relation to pregnancy, trans healthcare, and women’s health.
· Is it ok to fist during pregnancy? What else do I need to know while I am pregnant?
· Do breast ties or tit torture cause long term damage?
· Should I tell my doctor that I am into BDSM? I live in a really small town and news here travels fast?
· I have a diaper fetish and get frequent fungal infections. They take months to heal after I get medication from the doctor. My doctor is now asking questions about how I keep getting these infections.
Please understand that this event does not constitute medical advice or a doctor-patient relationship. This is not a substitute for medical care, if you are in need of care, please visit your nearest healthcare provider for all emergencies.
Format: This webinar will take the form of a Q&A including one practitioner each day. The event will be live on Zoom. This is a community event open to all; this does not qualify for continuing education credits.
Cost: At TASHRA we work to make our educational opportunities accessible to kink interested people. We will be offering 3 ticket options, on a donation based scale. $5 tickets will be available for low-income participants and students. $10 and $25 tickets are available for individuals who would like to donate to TASHRA’s efforts.
Kink Doctors (Guest instructors):
Landi Cranstoun, MD
Landi (she/her) is a family physician providing primary care to rural and underserved populations. She has a special interest in regionality and rurality as it impacts access to and quality of medical care for already marginalized people. She teaches other primary care physicians how to provide welcoming care to sexually diverse patients who fall outside the LGBTQ+ umbrella (poly, kink, sex work).
She completed her undergraduate education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was granted membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society, won the Pinkus Award for best clinical medical student, and the Clyde F. Barker Prize for surgical research. She then completed residency in family medicine at the Mountain Area Health and Education Center rural track program in Hendersonville, North Carolina before starting practice in rural Madison County, Kentucky. Prior to becoming interested in the primary care of rural dwelling sexually diverse people, her research focused on heart failure and the mitral valve. She has presented at national and international conferences and co-authored 18 papers in peer-reviewed journals.
Erik Wert, DO, MPH, FACOI, AAHIVS
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 practiced Internal Medicine in Lansing, MI since 2005. His focus has been preventive healthcare and sexual health care. He subsequently returned and 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 populations. 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 through 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 lecturer on BDSM/Kink at various organizations. Dr. Wert serves as 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 on CARAS’ community-based IRB Committee.
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, 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.
Your reservation for this event can be cancelled up to 3 days in advance for refund. If you cancel after this time, you can use your credit for a future community event.
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 email@example.com or at 510-919-4488. You can also contact us at
CARAS, P.O. Box 812, Rio Vista, CA 94571
- No/Low Income$5$50$0
- General Admission$10$100$0
- General Admission/Donation$25$250$0