Kink Conscious Certification


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 Next trianing 2021!!

February 24-28, 2021: First 5 days in San Fransisco or live webinar!!

Remaining 5 classes via live webinar  one class per month.

Class times for 5 days in person 10am to 5pm and 7pm to 9pm PST (San Fransisco, CA)

Class times for subsequent webinars are 9:00am to 3:00pm PST (12:00pm to 6pm EST)

VIDEO – Meet Francesca

VIDEO – Sex matters interviews Francesca Gentille & Tim Emert on sacred kink. Can all sex be sacred? What is Sacred BDSM?


Francesca pic for site

Video: My Partner Says I’m Kinky. That’s Disgusting! Could I be?

If you’re seeing a lot of this in your Private Practice you may wish to look into the 150 hour training becoming a “Kink Conscious Clinician.” (It is a stand alone certification or can be taken as part of your PHD in Sexology).

Article- Conscious Empowerment in the Use Fantasy by Francesca Gentille

Are you working with clients who are Kinky or “into BDSM?”

Do you know that over 36% of Americans identified as practicing some form of BDSM behavior in 2005 and that it’s only grown from there?

Would it be of interest to learn how to unpack a kinky fantasy to assess whether or not is a symbolic message, an emotional wound, or a fun opportunity?


Your clients are Kink/BDSM curious, and you wish to guide them to the best resources as well as methods to enter into BDSM safely. ​

You work with couples where one of them is more kink curious or already identified as into BDSM and you would like to be skilled at bridging their differences.
You are aware that a growing % of the population is exploring or seeks to explore BDSM.
You would like to clarify the similarities and differences between BDSM, Transgender, Non-Binary, Queer, Non-Monogamy, Polyamory, Age Play, Pet Play etc.
You want to specialize as a cutting edge sexology expert for our culture.

Whether you are already into Kink OR you are someone who knows very little about BDSM​,​
Kink Conscious Certification will give the tools, research, and methodologies
needed to release (positive or negative) judgment, expand knowledge, and support clients who identify as Kinky or “into BDSM.”

You will engage in an overview of​ ​
the similarities and differences between the most common range of alternative sexualities as they relate to Kink/BDSM and the most effective modalities to utilize with​ ​
Kink/BDSM identified clients who seek assistance from your clinical, medical, or therapeutic practice.

​The FIRST ​
5 Days take place live & in person in San Francisco, CA
​w​ith Demos, case studies, and practicums. ​Check back for Covid updates before planning travel. If can’t travel classes will be via live webinar!!
(And there’s some
great flights out there if you’re coming from outside of CA)​
The remaining hours occur via Webinar where ever you live! ​

$2695 for entire program or take it as your specialty while earning your PhD in Clinical Sexology


[email protected] Find out more here!!

Certification is available through THERAPIST CERTIFICATION ASSOCIATION as one of the following:

Kink Conscious Therapist

Kink Conscious Clinician

Kink Conscious Educator

Who Should Take This Training:

This course is  designed to giveSex Educators, Sexuality Resource Managers,
Medical Professionals,Therapists, Sex Counselors, Sex Coaches,
​Sexological Body Workers, Somatic Healers,​ Nurses, Health Educators,
Behavioral Health Specialists, Psychoanalysts, Mental Health Counselors,
Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical Social Workers, Psychologists,
and other healthcare providers (hereinafter referred to as Clinicians*)
an overview of the similarities and differences between the most common range of alternative sexualities as they relate to Kink/BDSM,
and the most effective modalities to utilize with Kink/BDSM identified clients who seek assistance from your clinical, medical, or therapeutic practice.

Clinicians will be able to identify as Kink Conscious, Kink Aware, Kink Knowledgeable, and Kink Sensitive.

Graduates will be able to

Describe the ancient, cross cultural and contemporary roots of modern kink/BDSM and how this can empower your private practice and your client.

Utilize tools that support collaborating with your client to assess whether or not their desire for Kink/BDSM is a healthy behavior, an invitation for healing, and/or arising from past trauma and/or mental instability.

Describe the neurobiology of love and lust as it applies to Kink/BDSM.

Work effectively with couples when only one identifies as Kinky.

Implement interventions that support clients’ expressing their desire for Kink/BDSM in ways that are emotionally, physically and psychologically safe.

Describe the similarities and differences between Kink/BDSM, swinging, polyamory, asexual, sexual identification, fetish and other erotic templates as well as the most effective ways to focus therapeutic interventions.

Describe the difference between Domestic Violence, Codependency, Abuse and BDSM.

Ethical and Legal Issues related to kinky clients.

Overview of academic research on kink/BDSM.

Special topics and ethical challenges when working with kinky clients.

Student must be designated as Clinician* as defined in the Course Overview. If you have a question if your job description applies, contact: [email protected]

70 Class Hours
10 Hours of Supervision/Case Consultation

Additional hours of Independent reading and other assignments required

Student Survey, Supervision, Class Participation5 Day Lecture series & Practicum  in San Francisco : February 25 – 28, 2021- Covid permitting otherwise via live webinar

Remaining Classes  are held via live webinar one per month. TBA



Analysis & Assessment of BDSM in Culture

History and Science of BDSM ( live webinar)

Sociological Framework of Kink Communities (live webinar)

Treatment of Sexual Differentiation within Couples (live webinar)

Gender, Sexual Attraction, and Relationship Design (live webinar)

Review of Research on Kink/BDSM (live webinar)

Contemporary Analysis of BDSM in Media (live webinar)

Intersectionality Between Kink/BDSM and Trauma (live webinar)


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