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Strange Bedfellows: New Horizons in Therapy and Somatic Work

This workshop will review the research on sexological work, the stigma of working with the body in sexual and non-sexual ways, and explore the possibilities of inter-professional collaboration between somatic professionals and talk therapists.

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Strange Bedfellows: New Horizons in Therapy and Somatic Work

Time & Location

Nov 13, 2021, 9:00 AM – Nov 14, 2021, 11:30 AM

Zoom Webinar

About The Event

Winter 2021

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Strange Bedfellows: New Horizons in Therapy and Somatic Work

Live Online Workshop

5 hours

9am - 11:30am Pacific Standard Time

First session: Saturday, November 13th

Second session: Sunday, November 14th

Exploration of the healing aspects of kink/BDSM has raised the awareness of the work of sex workers, Pro-Doms/Pro-Dominas, somatic workers, sex coaches, sacred intimates, and sexological body workers.  This workshop will review the research on sexological work, the stigma of working with the body in sexual and non-sexual ways, and explore the possibilities of inter-professional collaboration between somatic professionals and talk therapists.

Learning objectives:

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

  1. Describe the range of issues that clients bring to sex workers, Pro-Dom/Pro-Domina, somatic workers, sex coaches, sacred intimates, and sexological body workers.
  2. Outline some strategies for working alongside a diverse range of sex/sexuality professionals
  3. Discuss the impact of stigma on both professionals and clients involved in sexological body work.
  4. Identify some possible aspects of sexological professional/client encounters that might lead to healing.
  5. Describe some of the challenges to the professionalization of sexological body work.

Format:

The workshops will combine didactic instruction, case examples, and group discussion to demonstrate the practice of working with kink-involved clients. There will also be panel discussions from various somatic professionals and talk therapists.

Cost:  (Professional ticket price) for (CE amount) APA CE credits, (Non/Pre-licensed professional price) for (CE amount) without APA CEs;  All attendees receive 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.

Panelists:

Nwachi Tafari

Joshua Rodriguex

Eve Minax

Kali Williams

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Continuing Education

The complete two-day event of two and a half hours each day is eligible for 2.5 CE units.  CE credit is APA and/or AASECT credit. 5 CE credits are available in total.

CARAS is the organization that will sponsor the CE credit. CARAS is appr