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Fundamentals of Kink

Presenter: Elyssa Helfer, MA, LMFT

3 CEs

Recorded Webinar

kink fundamentals

$90

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Course Description

Abstract:

Many psychotherapists are ill equipped to work with kink-identified and kink-practicing individuals, but it is vital for mental health clinicians to understand the complexity and nuance within kink communities. Given the high rates of individuals integrating kink practices and activities into their erotic lives, the need for relevant education is paramount. Kink research, while readily available, has not yet been integrated into the dominant educational systems. This has resulted in the delivery of inaccurate media portrayals and toxic cultural narratives, which are often received and interpreted in problematic and pathologizing ways.

This course will enhance both confidence and competence around working with individuals practicing kink. We will cover the fundamentals of kink, affording therapists the opportunity to become better versed in terminology, major consent frameworks, the history of pathology, kink representation in the DSM, and the origins of and developmental theory around kink identity. The course will include a review of the myths and stereotypes that have plagued the kink community for decades, taking a research-based approach to unpacking and dismantling those toxic narratives. Finally, we will look at practical application of kink knowledge into the therapy room by reviewing case studies.

Learning Objectives:

After this course, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between various power dynamics that exist within hierarchical kink relationships
  • Distinguish between healthy kink and abuse by recognizing at least two red flags
  • Explain at least two ways in which current kink research has dismantled negative and problematic stereotypes surrounding the kink community

3 CEs

Who should take this course:

Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, Professional Counselors, and other mental health professions seeking to understand working with kink clients.


Elyssa Rice, MA, LMFTElyssa Helfer, MA, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based in Los Angeles, California. She specializes in working with the kink community and am frequently teaching, presenting, and writing on the topic! Her main goal is to destigmatize kink and dismantle the false narratives around the kink community.


$90

Buy Now


Licensed therapists who work in nonprofits price is $40 (Use coupon code: fk2021np at checkout)

Student/pre-licensed price is $30 (Use coupon code: fk2021pre at checkout)

You can also get access to this course and all other courses with our memberships:

Annual Membership

 

Lifetime Membership


Testimonials

Genuinely a fantastic job. So interesting, informative, thought-provoking, and hands on. Thank you!

 

I really enjoyed the format, and all of the information was presented well. No suggestions for improvement.

 

Elyssa was just a really good educator and her knowledge and expertise and passion shown through while still being very welcoming and not assuming any level of knowledge, comfort or judgement of those taking the course


Additional Information

Instruction Level

This course is meant for an intermediate to advanced audience.

Who should Attend

Psychologists, counselors, and marriage and family therapists and social workers.

Format

Recorded webinar recorded in January 2022.

Completion Requirements

To get CE credit, you will need to take the post-test with at least 80% score to receive your certificate for the homestudy course.

Financial Support

The Affirmative Couch pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest

There is no reported conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Contact Information

For any inquiries related to subject matter, problem resolution, corrections, grievances, or anything else, please contact us.

Accommodations

The Affirmative Couch will work to accommodate reasonable accommodations requests. Requests can be emailed with “accommodation request” in the subject line. Requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.


Continuing Education Approvals

APA ApprovedThe Affirmative Couch, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Affirmative Couch, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


$90

Buy Now


Licensed therapists who work in nonprofits price is $40 (Use coupon code: fk2021np at checkout)

Student/pre-licensed price is $30 (Use coupon code: fk2021pre at checkout)

You can also get access to this course and all other courses with our memberships:

Annual Membership

 

Lifetime Membership

Module 1 Recording from Live Event
Unit 1 Recorded Webinar
Unit 2 Course Quiz
Unit 3 Course Survey
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