April 12th from 1:00pm to 4:30pm
The CSPH (250 Main St., Pawtucket RI)
Free parking available

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Workshop Description:

With the popularity of 50 Shades of Grey, the general public has taken greater interest in discussing and exploring BDSM, kink, fetishism and other sexual practices that seem to be on the fringes of human sexual expression. However, as with many aspects of sensationalized sexuality, there is a lot of misinformation about the complexity of these practices, their psychology and appeal, and the challenges that BDSM/kink pose to traditional perceptions of “normal” and “pathological” demonstrations of intimacy.

This workshop will challenge common misconceptions about BDSM, kink, and other forms of “power exchange” by establishing basic definitions and types of BDSM and kink, discussing the role of consent, and differentiating between consensual sexual play and various forms of non-consensual behavior such as domestic violence, rape, and sociopathy. Participants will leave with resources for further education, information to connect clients to appropriate services, and new skills on how to approach these issues professionally.

This workshop is designed for providers who work with clients and may encounter these issues in their practices (social workers, mental health professionals, advocates at domestic violence and sexual assault agencies, marriage and family therapists, and so on).

For more information please contact aida@thecsph.org.

*Limited scholarship window is CLOSED at this time.