2017

April 28, 2017

“I Didn’t Know I was (Bi, Into That, …) Until …”
9AM  -  9:30AM
“I Didn’t Know I was (Bi, Into That, …) Until …”
210 W 50th St, NYC

“I Didn’t Know I was (Bi, Into That, …) Until …”

The growing world of alternative sexuality is broadening the understanding of human sexuality, arousal and orientation. Gender and orientation are increasingly recognized as fluid in nature, in many people. Sexual expression and relationships, from swinging to the consumption of porn, incorporate intrinsic elements of what was once called bisexuality, and now is better termed sexually […]

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Redefining a Safe Space for Everyone: Clinical Approaches to Working with Queers of Color and Addressing Inclusion in Alternative Lifestyles
9:30AM  -  10AM
Redefining a Safe Space for Everyone: Clinical Approaches to Working with Queers of Color and Addressing Inclusion in Alternative Lifestyles
210 W 50th St, NYC

Redefining a Safe Space for Everyone: Clinical Approaches to Working with Queers of Color and Addressing Inclusion in Alternative Lifestyles

Individuals who belong to alternative lifestyles may face exclusion for a variety of reasons from spaces meant to be safe. Being a queer of color and relying on a cultural community for support often means risking that foundational support which may not accept alternative lifestyles. Socioeconomic status factors largely into working longer hours to maintain […]

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Break
10AM  -  10:10AM
Break
210 W 50th St, NYC
Peeking under the Hood of Authority-Based Relationships: Structure, Dynamics, and Lifestyle
10:10AM  -  10:40AM
Peeking under the Hood of Authority-Based Relationships: Structure, Dynamics, and Lifestyle
210 W 50th St, NYC

Peeking under the Hood of Authority-Based Relationships: Structure, Dynamics, and Lifestyle

While prevalent in the BDSM lifestyle community, Dominant/submissive (D/s) , Master/slave (M/s) and other authority-based relationships are often misunderstood at large. In this talk we discuss how they work and operate, and explore their relationship structures and dynamics. After attending this workshop, participants will be able to: Define and identify different types of authority-based relationships. […]

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Erotic Myths, Archetypes, and Symbols: The Dynamic Psychological Forces of Fetishsexual Identity
10:40AM  -  11:10AM
Erotic Myths, Archetypes, and Symbols: The Dynamic Psychological Forces of Fetishsexual Identity
210 W 50th St, NYC

Erotic Myths, Archetypes, and Symbols: The Dynamic Psychological Forces of Fetishsexual Identity

I define a Fetishsexual as a person driven to orgasm or other deep erotic state through innate, inherent sexually charged enactments of internalized archetypal, symbolic, mythic storylines. I believe it qualifies according to APA definitions as a sexual identity. Fetishsexual desires often fall within a broad range of eroticized psychological, emotional and physical power-exchange dynamics […]

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Research Update: BDSM as Harm Reduction
11:10AM  -  11:20AM
Research Update: BDSM as Harm Reduction
210 W 50th St, NYC

Research Update: BDSM as Harm Reduction

The field of psychotherapy is moving away from a more authoritarian top-down lens to a more humanistic, harm reduction approach. To further along this body of work, Michael Aaron, Dulcinea Pitagora, and Markie Twist have initiated research to better understand the motivations and subjective experiences of individuals that engage in sexual behaviors that have historically […]

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Break
11:20AM  -  11:30AM
Break
210 W 50th St, NYC
Moral Psychology and Monogamy
11:30AM  -  12PM
Moral Psychology and Monogamy
210 W 50th St, NYC

Moral Psychology and Monogamy

My talk will include an overview of research on monogamy (including studies on consensual non-monogamy), and will attempt to bridge this line of research with burgeoning theories in moral psychology. My aim is to help understand how and why people gravitate toward/away from monogamy based on a diverse array of moral concerns and other personality […]

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Characteristics of US Sex Parties and Sex Party Attendees
12PM  -  12:30PM
Characteristics of US Sex Parties and Sex Party Attendees
210 W 50th St, NYC

Characteristics of US Sex Parties and Sex Party Attendees

Sex party attendees may possess particular health risk and resilience factors, such as increased condom negotiation skills and sexual assertiveness (Conley, Moors, Ziegler, & Karathanasis, 2012), high levels of sexual risk behavior and substance use (Friedman et al., 2008), and social stigma (Conley, Moors, Matsick, & Ziegler, 2013). However, very little research addresses attendees of […]

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Lunch
12:30PM  -  1:50PM
Lunch
off-site
Transgressions in Sex and Gender: Adventures in Transgender Identity Formation and Kink
1:50PM  -  2:20PM
Transgressions in Sex and Gender: Adventures in Transgender Identity Formation and Kink
210 W 50th St, NYC

Transgressions in Sex and Gender: Adventures in Transgender Identity Formation and Kink

This talk will explore the different aspects of the experience of transgender people engaging in kink play, as reported during routine medical interactions with a trusted provider. As there is not a great deal of academic literature to speak of on the intersection of trans and kink, and because experiences at this intersection tend to […]

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Hormones and Handcuffs: The Intersection of Transgender Identities and Alternate Lifestyles
2:20PM  -  2:50PM
Hormones and Handcuffs: The Intersection of Transgender Identities and Alternate Lifestyles
210 W 50th St, NYC

Hormones and Handcuffs: The Intersection of Transgender Identities and Alternate Lifestyles

Transgender and gender nonconforming people have nontraditional relationships with their bodies. Anecdotal evidence suggests percentages of transgender and gender nonconforming people involved in ‘alternate lifestyles’ of BDSM and nonmonogamy are significantly higher than in cisgender populations. Why? And how do we as providers assist our clients engaged in these lifestyles? This lecture examines the intersection […]

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Break
2:50PM  -  3PM
Break
210 W 50th St, NYC
Sex Worker Identities: Voices from the Community
3PM  -  3:30PM
Sex Worker Identities: Voices from the Community
210 W 50th St, NYC

Sex Worker Identities: Voices from the Community

While there is ample academic literature on sex workers, and there are frequent reports on sex workers in the popular media, it is much more rare to hear about sex workers’ experiences through their own words. This presentation’s focus is on amplifying the diverse voices of sex workers in order to gain a greater understanding […]

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Degree of Shame: The Invisible Population of Student Sex Workers
3:30PM  -  4PM
Degree of Shame: The Invisible Population of Student Sex Workers
210 W 50th St, NYC

Degree of Shame: The Invisible Population of Student Sex Workers

This qualitative study explores the motives of students who engage in sex work and how they perceive their ability to coordinate academic responsibilities and their work. The research seeks to evaluate whether stigmatization is a concern described by student sex workers. Furthermore, the projects wants to offer participants a space to describe positive and negative […]

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Working with Sex Workers—Clinical Application
4PM  -  4:10PM
Working with Sex Workers—Clinical Application
210 W 50th St, NYC

Working with Sex Workers—Clinical Application

Aaron and Pitagora will draw from their respective clinical work with clients who identified as sex workers to illustrate some of the issues that arise in therapy, and clinical approaches to working with them. Pitagora will discuss the potential for countertransference, in terms of over- and under-identification in working with sex workers, and approaches for […]

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Break
4:10PM  -  4:20PM
Break
210 W 50th St, NYC
Expanding Diversity or Double Trouble? Exploring Intersections of Contemporary Vampirism and Sexuality
4:20PM  -  4:50PM
Expanding Diversity or Double Trouble? Exploring Intersections of Contemporary Vampirism and Sexuality
210 W 50th St, NYC

Expanding Diversity or Double Trouble? Exploring Intersections of Contemporary Vampirism and Sexuality

This presentation provides an overview of contemporary human vampirism and its relevance for clinicians and helping professionals. Specifically, various self-selected vampire identities are discussed with a focus on how such identities sometimes intersect with various sexual motivations and practices. The presentation draws from current quantitative and qualitative research that explores demographics associated with self- identified […]

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Dispelling Stigmatizing Misconceptions about Sexuality in the Furry Fandom
4:50PM  -  5:20PM
Dispelling Stigmatizing Misconceptions about Sexuality in the Furry Fandom
210 W 50th St, NYC

Dispelling Stigmatizing Misconceptions about Sexuality in the Furry Fandom

When it comes to sexuality, there are few groups who are as frequently misrepresented and stigmatized in popular media as furries. Television shows, websites, and news reports routinely reduce or trivialize the complex and multi-faceted nature of furry identity to a fetishistic interest in fursuit sex. A decade of research on more than 20,000 furries […]

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Break
5:20PM  -  5:30PM
Break
210 W 50th St, NYC