Tuesday, June 20, 2023, 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM ET
While intimate partner violence is a phenomenon that cuts across all socioeconomic demographics, assessing for and identifying such dynamics in BDSM relationships can be especially fraught. Well-meaning sex therapists may sometimes be hesitant to bring up abuse with kinky clients, for fear of coming across as judgmental or BDSM/kink-negative. Drawing on frameworks of coercive controlling violence, consent, power, and coercive controlling violence, this course is designed to help clinicians assess for abuse dynamics in BDSM while maintaining a client centered and Kink affirming disposition. Participants will learn to identify underlying power dynamics that may by coercive, multisystemic influences that can can protect or expose kinksters to coercive controlling violence, and how to bring these discussions into the therapy room.
By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
1 Distinguish between the performance of power in BDSM play from the dynamics of Coercive controlling violence
2 Recognize the systemic factors that inform a Kinkster’s experience with coercive controlling violence
3 Evaluate potential screening questions for IPVA that are specific to Kinky clients
Samantha Manewitz, is currently a PhD student (PhD candidate as of April 2023) at University of Toronto's Factor-Inwentash School of Social Work, with a graduate specialization in Sexual Diversity Studies. She is also on the faculty of the Institute for Sexuality Education and Enlightenment, where she has presented on a broad range of topics related to sex therapy and sexual diversity. She is an educator and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, who is working towards certification as a sex therapy supervisor. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Samantha was a licensed independent clinical social worker, providing client centered and gender/sexuality affirming therapy to individuals and couples in the greater Boston area.
As an Educator, Samantha has trained mental health professionals, sex educators, and alt-sex communities on healthy communication, abuse prevention, sexual diversity, and neurodiversity. Her research interests center on understanding and assessing abuse and non-consensual coercive control in BDSM.
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This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 2 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Institute for Sexuality Education & Enlightenment, Provider #11-113-C. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT Certification. For further information please contact [email protected]