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2015 Alternative Sexualities Conference

  • 22 May 2015
  • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60613
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  • Community members: CARAS reserves 20 registration slots for interested community members who are not academics or clinical practitioners. This is a first-come, first served basis.
  • 7th Annual Alternative Sexualities Conference: Cultural Competencies, Clinical Issues, Research and Education
  • For those whose presentations have formally been accepted for the conference
  • Professionals: this category is for researchers, scholars, scientists and academics, or for those who serve alternative sexuality communities in formal, professional roles and identities
  • Students: this category is for those who are currently enrolled as students, at any level, or for those who are currently serving in a post-doctorate position. ID will be needed at registration to confirm status.
  • for those who officially sign up for a 4 hour volunteer shift during the conference

Conference attendees are given a $20 credit towards becoming a member of CARAS for the current year. This applies to new members as well as returning members. You can become a member at the CARAS website,
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7th Alternative Sexualities Conference: 

Cultural Competencies, Clinical Issues, Research, Education

Our theme this year:

“Organizing the Field: Challenges Facing Researchers, Clinicians, and Educators”

Produced by CARAS and PASD

Hosted by The Center on Halsted

Friday, May 22, 2015   
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

  Also-Separate Event: for licensed clinicians or graduate trainees/interns only

Kink Identified Clinicians Meeting on Saturday, May 23, 2015, 1-4 pm

see separate event registration



The overall conference educational objectives
At the conclusion of the conference, participants will be able to:
1. Discern and distinguish emotional and sexual abuse from BDSM sexuality
2. Identify 3 of the most likely issues or concerns around BDSM sexuality in counseling interactions
3. Be able to identify 3 of the most likely issues or concerns around polyamory, swinging and other forms of consensual non-monogamy in counseling interactions
4. Identify at least two resources for learning more about BDSM sexuality or polyamory, swinging and other forms of consensual non-monogamy
5. Articulate current issues and interactions between illness/disorder diagnostics and BDSM sexuality
6. Identify conceptualizations of BDSM sexuality in classical clinical literatures
7. Identify some of the current research needs and current studies on polyamory, swinging, other forms of consensual non-monogamy and BDSM sexuality.

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