February 12th and 13th, 1pm - 3pm PST


Zoom Webinar

Traumatophilic Repetitions and the Suffering of Pleasure

In this presentation, Dr. Avgi Saketopoulou leans on psychoanalytic ideas (all of which she will explain from scratch, no prior knowledge needed) to discuss her concept of traumatophilia. Join us for a conversation about kink, BDSM, and psychoanalysis.

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Traumatophilic Repetitions and the Suffering of Pleasure

Time & Location

February 12th and 13th, 1pm - 3pm PST

Zoom Webinar

About The Event

Winter 2022

TASHRA Training

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Traumatophilic repetitions and the suffering of pleasure

Live Online Workshop

4 hours

1pm - 3pm Pacific Standard Time

First session: Saturday, February 12th

Second session: Sunday, February 13th

Training level: Intermediate

For good reasons, psychoanalysis has a poor reputation in thinking about sexual diversity in general, and kink in particular. Given its poor track record, clinicians who work with patients who practice BDSM are thus understandably hesitant to turn to psychoanalytic ideas to help inform their work with clients who practice BDSM. This, however, is no small loss: psychoanalysis has much that is both critically helpful and theoretically exciting to offer to thinking about the polymorphous perversity that our patients bring to us.

In this presentation, Saketopoulou leans on psychoanalytic ideas (all of which she will explain from scratch, no prior knowledge needed) to discuss her concept of traumatophilia. A traumatophilic approach asks us to consider what is enabled by revisiting wounds of the past through sexal encounters (trauma play). Contrary to the popular idea that we repeat trauma to master it, an idea that, it should be noted, originated in psychoanalytic thinking, traumatophilia can usher in heightened experience (sovereign experience) that has ties to subspace and topspace.

Learning objectives:

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

  1. Explain the concept of traumatophilia.
  2. Describe what a traumatophilic approach adds to clinical thinking about work with patients who engage in BDSM.
  3. Discuss the difference between repetition compulsion and the kinds of repetitions that can become transformative.
  4. Discuss some of the theoretical framework that helps us understand the convergence of sexuality with trauma, especially in edgeplay, in non-pathologizing ways.


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 receive AASECT CEs.

Instructor Bios:

Dr. Avgi Saketopoulou:

Dr. Avgi Saketopoulou is a Greek and Greek-Cypriot psychoanalyst, who lives and works in NYC. She trained, and now teaches, at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She also teaches several other analytic institutes including the William Allanson White Institute, the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, and the National Institute of the Psychotherapies-and is scientific advisor for Orlando LGBT+, Greece. Avgi serves on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, The Psychoanalytic Quarterly and Studies in Gender and Sexuality and her written work has received several prizes including the Ruth Stein Prize, the Ralph Roughton Award, from the Committee on Gender and Sexuality of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the annual essay prize from Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association for her essay on work with a trans girl, and the Symonds prize for her work on sexual perversity, which she approaches in a non-pathologizing way. She is the 2022 recipient of the Scholarship Award from the division of psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association (Div. 39) and, with Ann Pellegrini, the recipient of the first Tiresias Prize, from the committee on Sexual and Gender Diversity of the International Psychoanalytic Association. Her just-completed book project, titled Sexuality Beyond Consent: Risk, Race, Traumatophilia, is forthcoming from the Sexual Cultures series, NYU Press. Her interview on relational psychoanalysis is part of the permanent collection of the Freud Museum in Vienna and she co-chaired, with Jonathan House, the first conference in the US dedicated to the work of Jean Laplanche, titled “Laplanche in the States: the Sexual and the Cultural.” When she is not working, she rides her motorcycle, hoping for good weather.

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.


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. 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 info@assect.org.

For further information on CE credit, please contact Richard Sprott at richard@tashra.org 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.


This traininng will not be recorded.

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 richard.sprott@carasresearch.org or at 510-919-4488. You can also contact us at

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





  • Licensed Professional


    This ticket is for Licensed Professionals. Participants with this ticket will earn 4 APA and AASEC CEs upon completion of both sessions and associated materials.




  • Non/Pre-Licensed Professional


    This ticket is for non or pre-licensed professionals and community members. Participants with this ticket will earn 4 AASECT CEs upon completion of both sessions and associated materials.






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