Annual Goals & Report

CARAS Annual Report

Fiscal and Program Year 2011-2012

October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012

New Activities 2011-2012

  • Inducted Chris Marks as a Board member (Community position, class of 2014)
  • Designated the development of Practice Guidelines for BDSM Sexualities as a goal
  • Designated the development of a mentoring program for students as a goal

CARAS Presentations

Community Presentations

  • The CENA Project: BDSM Educational Needs Assessment
    • Presented at the Leather Leadership Conference XVI, April 13-15, 2012, Nashville, TN
  • What Sexual Science Do We Need?
    • Presented at the Leather Leadership Conference XVI, April 13-15, 2012, Nashville, TN
  • Community Outreach: Law and Mental Health Professions
    • Presented at the Leather Leadership Conference XVI, April 13-15, 2012, Nashville, TN

Academic/Professional Presentations

  • Polyamory, An Emerging Presenting Issue/Relationship Orientation: What do I need to know from researchers and a clinical specialist to improve care? 
    • Presentation at the American Psychiatric Association, May 5-9, 2012, Philadelphia, PA
    • Panel organized by Bill Slaughter, MD and included CARAS and Elisabeth Sheff, PhD

Research Advisory Committee

Research Advisory Committee reviewed 4 research protocols and endorsed 3 of them.

  • Protocol R2012-01 (Weinberg) Constructing Consent: Laws, Institutions and Cultures.
  • Protocol R2012-02 (Graham) Appraising BDSM in Human Sexuality Textbooks: Academic and Community Perspectives.
  • Protocol R2012-04 (Sagarin) The Causal Effects of Consensual Sadomasochistic Activity.

Goals for 2012-2013

  • Moving forward on Mentoring Program
  • Moving forward on Practice Guidelines
  • Conference
  • Presentations at academic and community events and conferences
  • Website redesign
  • Research Grant Program
  • Jack McGeorge Award (best research or academic paper published in 2013)