Working With Kinky Clients

Saturday 17th September 2022 10am - 4.30pm

A Kink-positive CPD workshop to develop non-pathologizing work with Sado-Masochism, Bondage, Domination and Submission or related fetishes. This one-day workshop is aimed at Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Mental Health Workers, Carers, Social Workers and comparable professionals in the health and social care sectors.

Venue: Courtwood House, Silver Street Head, Sheffield, S1 2DD

Costs: £100

Further details

This workshop aims to cover the following areas:

  • greeting our prejudices
  • best practice for non-judgmental working with kinky people
  • difference and the need to explain it
  • consent, power and boundaries
  • the risks of kinky: physical, emotional, social, legal,

Bay Whitaker, who has been involved in Pink Therapy advanced clinical discussion groups on working with kinky clients for over 10 years, has several years experience of training and offering CPD in this area.  She says "growing up knowing I was excited by S&M, as we used to call it, was a deeply shaming experience, in the pre-internet world.  People who are into BDSM and related fetishes often have to overcome the prejudices and assumptions of others.  As recently as 2000, there was very little academic writing about BDSM, and what there was at that time still saw these kinks as pathological and often associated them with criminal behaviour."   We are proud to have formal Pink Therapy endorsement for this CPD.

Since those days, thankfully, there has been a real change in attitudes to kink.  Yet many kinky people are still very wary of disclosing their sexuality, given the extent of prejudice that still persists.  Working with this client group can easily go wrong.  This short course aims to help professionals to avoid pathologising kinksters, and to promote and enhance our own levels of acceptance of consensual kink.

Here is what previous attendees have said about this course:

"A great taster for people new to the kink topic"

"The workshops are very informative and helped increase my understanding of what people who are into kink have to deal with"

"I'm pleased I attended the course, both for my knowledge, confidence and ability to work with the clients"

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