March 11th and 12th, 8am-10am PST

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Spinning Off as You Get Off: Chemsex and Drug/Sex Use in Kink Populations

Kinky folk, because of their interests in headspaces, altered states of consciousness, sensation-seeking and radical experiences, may be more open to using or experimenting with chemical enhancements or the use of drugs as preparation for a scene or as an element of the scene itself.

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Spinning Off as You Get Off: Chemsex and Drug/Sex Use in Kink Populations

Time & Location

March 11th and 12th, 8am-10am PST

Zoom Webinar

About The Event

SPRING 2022

TASHRA Innovations Training

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Spinning Off as You Get Off: Chemsex and Drug/Sex Use in Kink Populations

Live Online Workshop

4 Hours

8am - 10am Pacific Standard Time

First session: Friday, March 11th

Second session: Saturday, March 12th

Training level: Intermediate for clinical professionals

"Chemsex is defined as using certain substances immediately before or during sexual activities to facilitate, prolong and/or intensify sexual experience, mainly by some communities of men who have sex with men (MSM). Four substances are typically associated with chemsex: methamphetamine, mephedrone, GHB/GBL, and ketamine." (Bohn et al. 2020).

Kinky folk, because of their interests in headspaces, altered states of consciousness, sensation-seeking and radical experiences, may be more open to using or experimenting with chemical enhancements or the use of drugs as preparation for a scene or as an element of the scene itself.  We know that people high in sensation-seeking are also more vulnerable to developing addictions to drugs/alcohol than people low in sensation-seeking.  At the same time, the kink community's emphasis and value on consent is a discourse that seems to admonish the use of mind-altering chemicals, creating a tension.  It is also the case that certain parts of the kink community might be struggling with sex, drugs and kink more than other parts of the community, through intersections with other sexual minority subcultures.  This workshop will review the latest research and discuss the clinical challenges in working with these sets of issues confronting some kinky folk.

Learning objectives:

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

  1. Describe the drug/sex activities that are distinctively engaged by different parts of the leather/kink/BDSM subculture.
  2. Identify the relevant clinical concerns that arise when working with clients involved in drug/sex activities or the chemsex scene
  3. Outline the background factors that might predispose kinksters to engage in higher levels of drug/sex activities
  4. Discuss differences between treatment options for people involved in problematic chemsex or harmful drug/sex activities 

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 without APA CEs;  All attendees are eligible for 4 AASECT CEs.

Instructor Bios:

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.

Dominic Davies:

Dominic Davies is the Founder of Pink Therapy in the UK. He is an accredited psychotherapist and sexologist with almost 40 years experience of working with Gender, Sex and Relationship Diverse (GSRD) communities. Dominic is considered one of the grandparents of affirmative therapy in Europe and received several awards in recognition of his work.  Over the last 15+ years, the majority of his caseload has been gay and bisexual men who have been involved in Chemsex.

Dominic runs a two-year online Diploma in GSRD Therapy - a term he’s promoted because of it including the BDSM and Kink Community who do not always feel they belong within the LGBTQA+ communities.

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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.