Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the Course!

    • Course Description and Objectives
    • Before we begin...
  • 2

    What is BDSM? (Approx. 30 Minutes)

    • Introduction and Definitions
    • The Lifestyle, The Scene, and a Brief History of BDSM
    • Relationship Types / Dynamics
    • Neurobiology of BDSM
    • Reflection and Resources
  • 3

    Barriers to Care and Clinical Conceptualization (Approx. 45 Minutes)

    • Four Barriers to Care
    • PLISSIT Model for Clinical Conceptualization in BDSM
    • PLISSIT Model - Example Case Study "Alex"
    • Reflection and Resources
  • 4

    BDSM and Consent (Approx. 1 Hour)

    • Frameworks of Consent
    • Consensual Kink vs Abuse
    • Boundaries and Abuse
    • Transformative Justice and Accountability Pods
    • Couples Counselling - Couples Case Study "Veronica & Marco"
    • Reflection and Resources
    • Test Your Knowledge
  • 5

    Resources (Approx. 35 Minutes)

    • Additional Readings and Resources for Therapists and/or Clients
    • Reflection Questions
    • Sexual Anatomy: Facts and Fiction
    • BDSM Glossary of Terms
    • References
    • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy CEC Application (course is pre-approved for 6 CEC hours)
  • 6

    Expert Interviews (Approx. 2 Hours 50 Minutes)

    • Melody Anne - BDSM & Kink Sex Educator
    • Hardy Haberman - Leatherman and Gay Activist | Author | BDSM Educator
    • Redrobin - Community Member Turned Kink Educator Explains BDSM