Keynote Speakers for 2017 Conference

2017 CARAS Alternative Sexualities Conference

Produced in partnership with the Great Lakes Sexual Health Alliance



Cultural Shifts: Media, Identity, Diversity and Alternative Sexualities


Friday, May 26, 2017

Location: Chicago, Illinois

The Center on Halsted



Keynote Speakers: Caroline Shahbaz and Peter Chirinos


The authors of the 2017 book "Becoming a Kink Aware Therapist" will be presenting the opening keynote address and a workshop.  Drawing on current research and ethnographic narratives from the kink community, the workshop provides psychotherapists with an understanding of the culture and practice of BDSM and presents specific therapeutic concerns related to common misconceptions. This workshop is packed with practical suggestions and rich case studies applicable to sexual minorities. In particular, it differentiates cutting and self-harm from masochism and explores the experiences of coming out ‘kinky’. Finally the ways in which social cultural political biases impact professional and personal perspectives will be explored.



Early registration will open on February 14, 2017

Registration after May 15, 2017:  add $20


Community Members   $75

limit of 20 spaces


Licensed Professionals  $150

includes Continuing Education credit


Professionals  $125

no CE credit


Students  $75

must show ID at check in


CARAS members get special enrollment - see registration categories for members

Register Here

March 4, 2017