Strange Bedfellows: New Horizons in Therapy and Somatic Work
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Strange Bedfellows: New Horizons in Therapy and Somatic Work
Live Online Workshop
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.
After completion of the webinar, attendees will be able to…
- 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.
- Outline some strategies for working alongside a diverse range of sex/sexuality professionals
- Discuss the impact of stigma on both professionals and clients involved in sexological body work.
- Identify some possible aspects of sexological professional/client encounters that might lead to healing.
- Describe some of the challenges to the professionalization of sexological body work.
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.
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.
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 approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CARAS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. www.carasresearch.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information on CE credit, please contact Richard Sprott at email@example.com directly.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at 510-919-4488. You can also contact us at
CARAS, P.O. Box 812, Rio Vista, CA 94571
- Licensed professionals$190$1900$0
- Non/pre-licensed professionals$95$950$0