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Working With Kinky Clients: What Therapists Need To Know with Kirsten Beuthin, MFT

October  7, 2013
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm


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Kirsten Beuthin, MFT

Working With Kinky Clients: What Therapists Need To Know with Kirsten Beuthin, MFT

About the Presentation

This talk is focused on helping clinicians deliver culturally competent care to clients who identify with the culture of bondage and discipline, domination and submission, and sadism and masochism (jointly referred to as BDSM). Participants will learn the basics of BDSM/kink culture, acquire tools to assess and evaluate for problematic sexuality issues, and develop an understanding of therapeutic approaches to ethically treat sexual outsiders. With short exercises, we’ll begin to explore these important questions.

  1. Learn about BDSM/kink subculture, community codes, and practices.
  2. Develop tools to differentiate between non-pathological expression of BDSM and problematic sexuality or abuse.
  3. Gain a basic understanding of therapeutic and ethical issues in working with sexual outsiders.


About the Presenter

Kirsten Beuthin is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works with individual adults and with adolescents, couples, and families. She is a sex-positive psychotherapist, with extensive training and experience in the diversity and complexity of human sexuality. In addition to working with sexual outsiders, she specializes in self-destructive issues such as self-injury and addiction, and provides supervision and consultation. She holds a certification from San Francisco Sex Information, and is in full-time private practice in San Francisco.

For More Information

Contact Daniela Koenig at dkoenig@ciis.edu or (415) 575-3490.

Room 207, California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


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