CARAS announced 5th Annual Alternative Sexualities Conference

The Community Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS) and the Projects Advancing Sexual Diversity (PASD) are pleased to announce the 5th Annual Alternative Sexualities Conference to be held in Chicago, IL on Thursday, May 24th 2012.

Our theme this year: “De-Pathologizing Alternative Sexualities”

The day-long conference will include lectures, panels, roundtable discussions, and poster presentations. Topics include: history and philosophy of polyamory or swinging culture, separating BDSM practice from abuse, co-morbidity factors, issues of transference/counter-transference, impact of BDSM practices on clients with trauma history, edge play dynamics, concepts of consent, theoretical constructs, literature reviews, early research findings, therapy with polyamorous family dynamics, and therapy around open relationships.

At the conclusion of the conference, participants will be able to:

1. Discern and distinguish emotional and sexual abuse from BDSM sexuality.

2. Identify three of the most likely issues or concerns around BDSM sexuality in counseling interactions.

3. Identify three of the most likely issues or concerns around polyamory in counseling interactions.

4. Identify at least two resources for learning more about BDSM sexuality or polyamory.

5. Articulate the issues with DSM diagnosis of BDSM sexuality as a paraphilia.

6. Identify conceptualizations of BDSM sexuality in classic clinical literature.

7. Identify some of the current research needs and current studies on polyamory and BDSM sexuality.

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