In many communities, being homosexual, or even bisexual is considered taboo and against mainstream culture. It is in some ways an equalizer because it is present in all walks of life and people are equally discriminated against for it. Yet in still, those who choose to engage in these lifestyles remain hidden because of it is the nature of the majority culture to not accept those who are different from them. In the training sessions, the educators seek to describe the natural course of behavior associated with “deviant” sexual practices and potentially offer areas of further research and therapeutic methods that have worked for practitioners. Using concepts and working through others theories, the training area of the corporation attempts to reason and suppose why there is a need for more professionals in the counseling field who are aware and able to counsel those engaged in alternate sexual lifestyles. It is more than just being able to sympathize with clients. Professionals need to have tools that they can employ during sessions where they are able to help clients in various situations. A few of the concepts discussed in training sessions are listed below:
BDSM is just one of the areas that is going to be discussed. In many communities, bondage, discipline, domination, submission, and sadomasochism (BDSM) are all concepts that are considered taboo and restricted access. BDSM can be defined as “the use of psychological dominance and submission, and/or physical bondage, and/or pain, and/or related practices in a safe, legal, consensual manner in order for the participants to experience erotic arousal and/or personal growth” (Williams, 2006). Many people who practice it live dual lives to cover up their desires and fetishes. Those who live publicly are often ostracized or cast aside for their desires. As people, they often feel discriminated against by those they seek counsel from for example doctors, lawyers, and even counselors. These professionals do not understand the lifestyle choices that those who practice BDSM make. Many people face discrimination and even violence because of their choices and seek safe outlets for their pain. There is a need for kink-aware professionals who understand and empathize with the needs of those who engage in BDSM practices.
Polyamory is the practice of engaging more than one partner in a relationship. The boundaries of that relationship are defined by the persons who chose to engage in that relationship. Many professionals are unaware as to the different perspectives of persons engaging in polyamorous relationships. Not all polyamorous relationships are polygamous. It is important for professionals to be aware of not only state laws as they relate to clients different situations, but also to understand that polyamory is not a fear of commitment or a need to be unfaithful to people. It is more a concept of infinite love and the ability and desire to share that love with more than one person in a deep and committed way.
*Currently, the organization is working diligently to offer continuing educational credits with all accrediting bodies for any training courses, classes, sessions, or workshops that are offered.*
Williams, D. J. (2006). Different (painful!) strokes for different folks: A general overview of sexual sadomasochism (SM) and its diversity. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, 13(4), 333-346.