TASHRA 
THE ALTERNATIVE SEXUALITIES HEALTH RESEARCH ALLIANCE 

Because everyone deserves quality healthcare 

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Welcome to TASHRA

 

TASHRA is a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit with the important mission of improving the health and healthcare services of individuals who are involved in alternative sexualities.

 

As champions of Kink competent healthcare, 

TASHRA supports empirical research on this misunderstood and often pathologized sexual-minority. 

 

Our vision is a world where fear of prejudice and discrimination does not prevent people involved in a broad variety of sexual interests and activities from receiving caring, compassionate and competent care from physical and mental health professionals.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Won't you join us on this journey?

 

 

Help us reduce stigma and improve the health of kink interested individuals 
Launching this Summer -
The 2021 International
KINK HEALTH SURVEY -
we will keep you posted. 

Coming up on October 23/24
 

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Treating kink, BDSM, and other sexually diverse populations requires a more in-depth knowledge of not only supervision styles, but also how working with sexually diverse clients may present differently in the course of their treatment and your supervision with that clinician.  When you are supervising a clinician who also identifies as sexually diverse, the supervisor’s cultural humility is key to ethical supervision.  Finally, if the supervisor and supervisee are both members of the kink community and / or are treating these populations, special care is needed.

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We are pleased to announce that the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) has approved TASHRA as a Continuing Education Institutional Provider through 2022. 

Upcoming Events

  • Develop your KISS (Kink Inclusive Supervision Services): Supervising clinicians working with kinky clients
    TBD
    Develop your KISS (Kink Inclusive Supervision Services): Supervising clinicians working with kinky clients
    Zoom Webinar
    Saturday and Sunday, October 23rd and 24th
    Zoom Webinar
    This course will cover a broad range of advanced supervision topics for clinicians working with kink populations as well as clinicians who are members of kink populations. Presented by Stephen Ratcliff, MA, LPCC (NM), LPC (OR), NCC, CST and Zita L. Nickeson, M. Ed, LMHC, LCPC, CST, CSE, WPATH-C.
  • Kinky Mind and Body: Psychobiology of Kink - Asynchronous Training
    TBD
    Kinky Mind and Body: Psychobiology of Kink - Asynchronous Training
    Online asynchronous training
    This series can be initiated at any time.
    Online asynchronous training
    A self-paced two part series that reviews psychobiology as it relates to pain, pleasure, dominance and submission. Richard Sprott PhD and Anna Randall, DHS, LCSW, MPH, are sharing their findings and extensive knowledge on the psychobiology of kink.
  • Elements of Culturally Competent Care for Kink-Interested Individuals: 6-Part Asynchronous Training
    TBD
    Elements of Culturally Competent Care for Kink-Interested Individuals: 6-Part Asynchronous Training
    Webinar
    This series can be initiated at any time.
    Webinar
    A self-paced six part series that reviews the foundations of kink in mental health practice. Richard Sprott PhD and Anna Randall, DHS, LCSW, MPH, are sharing their findings and extensive knowledge of six various topics related to erotically diverse populations.
  • From Diapers to Lollipops: Clinical Competency with ABDL’s and Age Players
    TBD
    From Diapers to Lollipops: Clinical Competency with ABDL’s and Age Players
    Zoom Webinar
    August 28th and 29th, 9am-11:30am PST
    Zoom Webinar
    This class is taught by Dr. Rhoda Lipscomb and Dr. Matt Sevier. Each are experts in the mental health field on the topic of Adult babies/Diaper lovers/Age play with years of clinical and research experience. Using lecture and case studies you will achieve a deeper understanding of these phenomena.
 
TASHRA STANDS IN SOLIDARITY AGAINST RACISM
WE MUST PUT AN END TO SYSTEMIC VIOLENCE

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TASHRA'S STORY 

TASHRA began in 2012 out of a need to expand knowledge about those who are erotically diverse, such as kinky people, BDSM practitioners, and those with sexual interests that are out of the mainstream.

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Looking for an internship in sexuality and kink mental health, science and research? TASHRA is a leading organization in the emerging scholarly field of kink psychology, science and health.
We are taking applications now for Summer.
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