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

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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 


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.


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.

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

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

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





  • Licensed Professional


    This ticket includes 4 APA and AASECT CEs upon completion of all course materials.




  • Non/Pre-Licensed Professional


    This ticket includes 4 AASECT CEs upon completion of all workshop materials. This ticket is also best fit for community members.






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