Alternative Sexuality Conference

2009 Alternative Sexuality Conference



Presented by:




Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Institute





Community Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities




Leather, kink, B&D, S&M, polyamory….. Non-traditional sexual practices, lifestyles and identities have become increasingly visible in recent years. With more portrayals on television and in movies, as well as in literature and music, clients are feeling increasingly comfortable about bringing “forbidden” sexual issues to psychotherapy.

This conference  is the result of a partnership between the Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS) based in San Francisco/Washington DC, and the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Institute (SOGI) at the Center on Halsted located in Chicago.  It is designed to provide theoretical perspectives, clinical practice recommendations, and opportunities to discuss the challenges encountered in psychotherapy with individuals and couples in the alternative sexuality communities. Clinicians and researchers from all backgrounds are welcome.

The day-long conference will include lectures, panel presentations, roundtable discussions and poster presentations. Schedules topics and presenters include the following:


Historical Development of BDSM Communities

Robert Bienvenu, Ph.D., CARAS

B/D, S/M, and Aging

Douglas C. Kimmel, Ph.D., City University of New York

Real Fetish in a Virtual World

Marik Xavier-Brier, BA, San Francisco State University


One Click Away : A Voyage Into the Internet Sex Sub-Cultures

Timaree Schmit, M.Ed. & Courtney Weaver, M.Ed., Widener University


HIV in the Leather Community: Prevalence and Risk Factors Among Men Who Have Sex with Men Who Practice BDSM

David Moskowitz, Ph.D., Center for AIDS Intervention Research, Medical College of Wisconsin



Barriers to Therapy for the Consensually Non-Monogamous
David Rodemaker, M.A., Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Insatiable Wives: Women Who Reject Sexual Fidelity in Marriage and The Men Who Love Them

David J. Ley, Ph.D., Independent Practitioner, Albuquerque, New Mexico


Borderline Personality Disorder or BDSM? Distinguishing the Clinical Issues

Karen Torry Greene, LCSW, Independent Practitioner, Phoenix, Arizona


Filling the Research Gap: A National BDSM Community Health Assessment

Gary Wynn, MD, Rob Bienvenu, Ph.D. & Richard Sprott, Ph.D. , CARAS





SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, May 21st. Watch for online registration information.

Write or call 773-661-0739 for additional information.

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