Working with Alternative Sexual Interests and Relationship Structures

Course Number: 
69100

Sex and romance can be expressed in a variety of ways, but traditionally therapist receive only basic sexuality training, much of it geared for heteronormative "vanilla" sex and monogamous relationship structures. The popularity of BDSM and non-monogamous relationship structures are on the rise and more visible than ever in mainstream media, and a growing number of our clients are either in these groups or have friends, family or partners who are. Through discussion, role playing, journals and case study analysis students will reflect on a variety of marginalized populations including the Kink, Poly, and Swinger communities. Students learn non-pathologizing, sex positive clinical approaches and address some of the clinical and ethical issues unique to working with these groups. Class will consist of lecture, guest lecture, class discussion, and multimedia presentation.

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