Working with Kinky Clients

With the advent of the internet, those who participate in alternative forms of relationship and sexual expression have come together as a community and created a new subculture whose numbers are growing. The therapeutic needs of this community are different than the traditional patient and it is important for all mental health clinicians to be familiar with the standard of care that may be different in these populations. This text offers the fundamentals about this subculture and important considerations when treating them.

This course is designed to give therapists the fundamentals of the various types of alternative sexual, gender and relationship expression that they may come into contact with in their therapy practice and their role as clinicians. Interventions, case studies and challenges will be discussed. Ethics and legal issues will also be addressed. This is a lecture style presentation with a heavy Q and A section.

Workshops and Lectures Description

Course Objectives

  • Understand the ethnographic concepts of kinky and alternative relationships, communities and their role, as a medical provider, in their care.
  • Understand the difference between healthy kink and pathology
  • Learn therapeutic interventions and common issues seen with BDSM, 
Polyamory, Swinging, Asexual, Fetish and other kinky clients
  • Ethical and Legal Issues related to kinky clients.
  • Evaluation of the science and research of kink

Course Length

3 hours