Kink Aware Therapy Certification Program Outline

Program Objectives

    • Understand the ethnographic concepts of kinky and alternative relationships, communities and their role, as a medical provider, in their care.
    • Understand the difference between healthy kink and pathology
    • Learn therapeutic interventions and common issues seen with BDSM, polyamory, Swinging, Asexual, Fetish and other kinky clients
    • Ethical and Legal Issues related to kinky clients.
    • Evaluation of the science and research of kink
    • Special topics and ethical challenges when working with kinky clients.
    • Marketing and Business Practice

Classes may be taken individually, in modules or as a series.

Module A Foundations

Fundamentals of Kink
This course is designed to give medical and mental health professionals an introduction of the various types of alternative relationship and sexual cultures that they will encounter in their medical or therapeutic practice. It will also present the current position of sexual medicine and research in the United States.

Kink Communities and Culture
This course is an ethnographic examination of kink culture and subcultures of the kink communities.


Module B Ethical Non-Monogamy

Ethical Non-Monogamy I: Fundamentals and the Science of Open Relationships
This course is a foundation class for understanding and navigation of various non- monogamous relationships.

Ethical Non-Monogamy II: Working with Open Relationships
This course will focus on how to work with non-monogamous clients. Ethics, pathology, interventions and case studies will be included.


Module C Power Exchange Relatioships

Power Exchange Relationships I: Fundamentals and the Science of Kink
This course will discuss power exchange relationships.

Power Exchange Relationships II: Working with D/s Relationships
This course will focus on how to work with clients participating in D/s relationships. Ethics, pathology, Interventions and case studies will be included.


Module D Special Topics and Play

BDSM Play: The Scene, Equipment and Community Etiquette
This course is an introduction to BDSM scenes, equipment and etiquette.

Special Topics in Alternative Sexual Expression and Relationships
This course will discuss specialized topic related to the kink community. Topics include but are not limited to coming out, subcultures and challenges with working with kinky clients.


Module D Laws, Contracts, and Ethics 

Kinky Laws, Rules, and Ethics
This course is an examination of professional ethics and laws as they relate to working with kinky clients.

Negotiation, Boundaries, and Contracts
This course is an introduction and examination of negotiation techniques; boundaries and relationships/ play contracts as they related to clients who participate in kink related activities.