Taste of Kink

June 15, 2018, 7:00 pm  – 10:00 pm
3 AASECT CE – Limit 120 participants

Registration fee: $125.00

Description: The AASECT AltSex Special Interest Group and National Coalition for Sexual Freedom have teamed up to bring you a live sex demonstration of 7-8 kink practices. These will be demonstrated by members of the local kink communities and will show not only paraphernalia and technique, but the process of contracting and consent, the technical aspects of play, and aftercare. AASECT members will have some opportunity to sample if they wish, and Q&A will be provided at each station.

 

Bedpost Confessions

June 15, 2018, 7:00 pm  – 10:00 pm
3 CE 

Registration fee: included in conference registration  

Description: BedPost Confessions merges entertainment, ethics, and education while exploring sex and sexuality through the lenses of humor and vulnerability (without sparing any racy details). Four performers will tell stories & read audience members’ anonymous confessions from the stage. Rarely are we given the chance to express our deepest secrets and desires in a safe and caring container. Although there are many outstanding private therapy and educational workshops that support sexual health, what is missing is a community-based, readily accessible resource focused on raising the bar of our sexual awareness and expression through story telling. This event aims to fill that gap! Everyone is welcomed to come as they are, moving forward as the dignified and creative sexual beings that we are!

Objective(s): At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to: illustrate the power of story and vulnerability in the realm of sexuality; recognize the power of community based expression through sharing and storytelling; design their own version of storytelling to take back to their communities.

 

A Kink in the Cure

June 16, 2018, 7:30 pm  – 9:30 pm
2 CE 

Registration fee: included in conference registration  

Description: Imagine a live performance piece similar to The Vagina Monologues, but about people with experiences in BDSM (kink). The material was created through the composite testimonial of over 100 people and then assembled into the presented format. The piece includes both an outline of the uncomfortable truth of sexual abuse and violence that exists in our culture; and ways in which kink has been both a barrier and benefit to folks in addressing the resulting shame and trauma of those experiences. This is an ethnographic, multi-media, creative-nonfiction performance centered in the world of Kink and BDSM. These are the stories of people who have a history of sexual abuse or trauma and how BDSM has impacted their healing process.

The personal nature of the material will also give the attending therapists an opportunity to identify any internal reactions they have to BDSM as subject matter. Therapists who have received partial exposure to the material have expressed this as valuable to their ability to be more prepared to work with clients who engage in BDSM or identify their own inner barriers and behave in a professional manner around the subject. Following the performance, there will be a talkback with the audience on BDSM, Kink and Poly topics.

Objective(s): At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to: discuss the various ways in which kink can be used as a healing practice, similar to art, drama, and equine therapy; integrate a better understanding of how and why people use kink to process sexual shame and trauma, and how they as therapists can support their patients in this effort.

 

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