March 19th, 8:30am - 11:30 PST


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Talk Sex to Me: Techniques and Strategies in Taking Sex History

Taking a thorough sexual history can feel overwhelming to many providers in health care. Despite several tools for healthcare professionals to utilize, the ability to take a formal and non-judgemental sex history is a skill set that is rarely and often incompletely taught.

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Talk Sex to Me: Techniques and Strategies in Taking Sex History

Time & Location

March 19th, 8:30am - 11:30 PST

Zoom Webinar

About The Event

Spring 2022

TASHRA Elements Training

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Talk Sex to Me: Techniques and Strategies in Taking Sex History

Live Online Workshop

3 Hours

8:30am to 11:30am Pacific Standard Time

Session: Saturday, March 19th

Training level: Elementary Training

Taking a thorough sexual history can feel overwhelming to many providers in health care. Despite several tools for healthcare professionals to utilize, the ability to take a formal and non-judgemental sex history is a skill set that is rarely and often incompletely taught. Techniques and implementation of a Sex History is as vital as the tool itself; this course offers an opportunity to learn technique and implementation that is conducive to Sex History as a tool. You will learn the history of taking a Sex History, gain an understanding of the current tools available to clinicians, how to best adapt these tools to your practice as and how to create a supportive and comfortable environment for your clients.

There will be an opportunity for registrants to participate in a 1-month follow-up session on April 19th. This time will be used to reflect, consult, and discuss how participants have integrated the tools and methods introduced in the first session. There will be a separate registration process for this event.

Learning objectives:

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

  1. Summarize the process and function of sex history taking and the impact on the therapeutic alliance
  2. Practice three stylistic approaches to sex history taking that inspire collaborative discovery
  3. Develop a personalized sex history instrument that is trauma informed, culturally relevant and emphasise diverse sexual expression and identities


The workshops will combine didactic instruction, case examples, and group discussion to demonstrate the practice of working with kink-involved clients.

Cost:  $115 for 3 APA CE credits, $60 without APA CEs;  All attendees receive 3 AASECT CEs upon completion.

Instructor Bios:

Anna Randall:

Anna Randall, DHS, LCSW, MPH (she/her/hers) is co-founder & Executive Director of TASHRA - The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance (, 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 International Kink Health Study based on the 2016 preliminary findings.

Zita L. Nickeson:

Zita Nickeson is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in WA, ID, MT, WY and CO.  She is a Certified Sex Therapist, Certified Sex Educator, Kink Knowledgeable Professional and Ethnic Minority Mental Health Specialist (WA specific).  Additionally, Zita is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Human Sexuality/Psychology, completing her dissertation work around BIPOC and Interracial Relationship Experiences within Kink and BDSM.

Zita is the owner/director of NW Sexual Counseling, a private practice specializing in sexual, gender and relationship therapy, education, coaching and advocacy.  She has maintained her private practice for over a decade, providing sex positive services to many underserved and rural communities.  Counselor training and education in inclusive sexual healthcare is one of Zita’s passions. This has led her to supervise Master’s Level Counseling Students and Pre-Licensure Counseling Professionals for the past 5 years.  Additionally, as one of the few Certified Sex Therapists in her region, Zita has also been an Instructor for the Healthy Loving Institute as well as providing sex and Kink positive presentations to the local Mental Health, Medical and Kink communities.

Having worked in the Mental Health field for over 20 years, Zita has also seen the significant need and importance of reducing stigma associated with sex and Kink in the healthcare field.  With this in mind, Zita delightfully joined the TASHRA International Kink Health Study team in January of 2019.  Since then, she has enjoyed being a part of a larger, interdisciplinary team working towards creating a more Kink inclusive healthcare system!

You may find Zita at


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 3 APA and AASECT CE credits upon completion of all training materials.




  • Non/Pre-Licensed Professional


    This ticket includes 3 AASECT CE credits upon completion of all training materials.






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