Tue, Dec 07 | Zoom Webinar

Suicidal Bruises: Helping those who have lost hope in our kink communities

COMMUNITY EVENT: The devastation from hopelessness and suicide is deeply felt in our kink community. Our hope for this community event is to equip participants to return to their communities with freshly inspired engagements with healing, hope, and preventative approaches to mental health.
Suicidal Bruises: Helping those who have lost hope in our kink communities

Time & Location

Dec 07, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Zoom Webinar

About The Event


Suicidal Bruises: Helping those who have lost hope in our kink communities

TASHRA Community Event

Live Online Workshop

2 hours

December 7th, 5pm - 7pm Pacific Standard Time

Suicidal thoughts and memories may be a year-round experience, and those who feel “othered” may find the holidays doubly difficult. The devastation from hopelessness and suicide is deeply felt in our kink community.  As highlighted in Dr. Sprott and Dr. Randall’s 2016 Kink Health Survey, there is significantly higher incidence of past suicide among kink community members. Read more from this research here. For more kink health related research, visit kinkhealth.org. This community-based training seeks to empower community members to address these devastating concerns.

This event will start with a brief discussion of higher incidence of suicide in kink communities, risk and protective factors, and what community members can do to help suicidal peers in the kink communities. Our hope for this community event is to equip participants to return to their communities with freshly inspired engagements with healing, hope, and preventative approaches to mental health.

Goals of this event:

  1. Raise awareness about the impact of suicide within our kink communities
  2. Brainstorm community responses to suicidality within kink, queer, and LGBTQ+ communities

Format: This event will include presentation based off of research and other scientific information. We will also include pre-planned Q&A with answers collected from participants. There will be potential for small breakout sessions.

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.

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 of the Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (APA Division 44) for 2021-2022. 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:

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.

Stephen Ratcliff, MA, LPCC (NM), LPC (OR), NCC, CST:

Steve (he, him pronouns) is a licensed mental health counselor and AASECT certified sex therapist in private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico who specializes in treating LGBTQ+, Kinky, and Consensually Nonmonogamous (CNM) clients. Steve also has been an avid teacher, presenting continuing education seminars at conferences, local universities, and clinical agencies since 2010. Steve joined the directors board of NCSF in March 2021.

Steve completed his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies in 2006 and his Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology in 2009. In 2018, Steve began doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology. Steve’s doctoral studies are focusing on gender, sexual, and relationship diversity (GSRD). In 2020, Steve began participating with the international Kink Health Survey research team lead by Dr. Sprott and Dr. Randall. Starting in 2022, Steve plans to conduct his dissertation study examining attachment patterns in consensually nonmonogamous people. Steve’s research interests include various topics in the gender, sexual, and relationship diversity (GSRD) populations.

For more information about Steve, please visit www.steveratcliff.com.


Cancellation Policy

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 richard.sprott@carasresearch.org or at 510-919-4488. You can also contact us at CARAS, P.O. Box 812, Rio Vista, CA 94571

  • No/low income
  • General admission
  • General admission/Donation

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