12.5 CEs (APA, NBCC, AASECT, CA BRN)

Become a Certified Kink Affirming Professional
 with Stefani Goerlich, LCSW, PhD, CST

People curious about or who practice BDSM/kink sometimes need help--and they want and deserve professionals who are welcoming as well as knowledgable.  They would benefit from a Kink Affirming Professional--like you, if you take this program.

Through this series of live webinars* with award-winning author Stefani Goerlich, LCSW, PhD, CST,  you will learn
  • about different types of kink communities
  • the effect of kink phobia on both you and your clients
  • determining healthy vs. abusive kink behaviors
  • sexual boundaries and power play
  • making meaning of kink
  • cultural differences among kinky populations

and more.

Goerlich's two outstanding books, The Leather Couch: Clinical Practice with Kinky Clients, and Kink-Affirming Practice: Culturally Competent Therapy from the Leather Chair, are the basis for evidence-based material that will help you develop personal and clinical insight needed to create a nonjudgmental, accepting environment for kinky clients.  Each webinar allows time for Q&A and discussion with Goerlich.  

All webinars will be recorded and available within five business days after the live event so you can watch on your own schedule. (You'll have to answer some quiz questions, though, to get credit.)

When the program winds up in June, you will receive a final certificate of completion as a Certified Kink-Affirming Professional from The Buehler Institute.  The Buehler Institute has been taking pleasure seriously since 2002 and is approved by AASECT, APA, NBCC, and California BRN to provide 12.5 hours of continuing education for this program.
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Intended Audience

This program is intended for people who have some knowledge in the topic of sex therapy and sexuality counseling.  Beginners, intermediate, and advanced learners will all benefit.

CE Hours: 12.5 hours total when certificate is completed.

The Buehler Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education.  The Buehler Institute is responsible for all content.  The Buehler Institute is approved by AASECT, NBCC, and CA Board of Registered Nurses.  The learner, and not the provider, is responsible for checking with their licensing board regarding which CEs will be accepted for license renewal.

AASECT Requirement Fulfillment

Core Knowledge Area: F, 3.5 hrs; Area J: 2.5 hrs
Sex Therapy/Counseling Area: Area B, 5.5 hrs; Area F: 1.0 hrs
for more information, please scroll down to download a copy of the syllabus in the "free" section of the course.
Early bird pricing will be available through
December 2nd, 2022.
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Kink-Affirming Practice: What Your Clients Wish You Know (But Are Afraid to Ask)

FEBRUARY 3, 2023
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM PACIFIC
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Caregiver Kinks: Everything You Need to Know about Imaginative Power Exchange


FEBRUARY 17, 2023
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM  PACIFIC
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Conducting a Kink-Affirming Risk Assessment



MARCH 17, 2023
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM PACIFIC

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Becoming a Kink-Affirming Therapist




MAY 12, 2023
9:00 AM -  11:30 AM PACIFIC

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In the Shadows of Consent: DV, Sexual Assault, and the BDSM Community


JUNE 16, 2023
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM PACIFIC

What You Will Learn About Kink!

Stefani Goerlich's masterful teaching style will help your knowledge grow.  Here's just  a selection of objectives; see syllabus below for details:
  • Identify at least three forms of BDSM and be able to explain the similarities and differences between them.
  • Understand your own internalized kinkphobia; evaluate yourself and your practice and confront potential biases you may hold.
  • Understand the history of leather culture, as it relates to kink identities and relationships.
  • Understand caregiver kink and what differentiates it from other BDSM practices.
  •  Consider age and pet play and discuss the similarities and differences between them.
  •  Tell the difference between Intimate Partner Violence and consensual kink.
  •  Describe the barriers that kinky survivors face when reporting a crime.
  • AND MORE!
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Benefits of this course

Elevate in your career

BECOME A CREDIBLE provider and REFERRAL SOURCE FOR BDSM/KINK CLIENTS

Expert instructor

stefani goerlich is internationally recognized for her expertise

Satisfaction guaranteed

refund in full if this course isn't right for you (request must be in writing)

Material you’ll love

You won't find a better way to learn how to work ethically with kinksters

Achieve your CE goal

do you know A more interesting way to meet your ce requirements?

Flexible payment options

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Frequently Asked Questions

What if I am unable to attend the live webinar?

This webinar will be recorded for later viewing. We typically post the recorded version 2-3 business days after the webinar. For those who are unable to join us live, we will provide a short quiz to verify attendance.
We'll send out an email letting you know when it's available, and the recording will remain on our website for the foreseeable future.

Help! I need tech support! How do I get in touch?

Please understand that we are able to provide minimal support during the live webinar as our administrative staff member is busy admitting guests, moderating the chat, and supporting our wonderful guest speaker.
The fastest way to reach us is via email at info@learnsextherapy.com (but feel free to include a phone number if you would like to chat). 

What if I'm having trouble navigating the course or accessing my certificate?

Navigating a new portal can be tough. To make the process as simple as possible, I asked our Program Administrator (and resident millennial), Anneka Buehler, to record a video for you. The video includes information about navigating our website, completing your course evaluation, and downloading your course certificate.

What is your refund policy?

All requests for a refund must be made in writing via email to info@learnsextherapy.com. We typically do not provide a refund due to an inability to attend the live session, as we will be recording the session for later viewing.

What is The Buehler Institute?

Established in 2002 by Dr. Stephanie Buehler, The Buehler Institute is an online and in-person space where professionals can learn how to treat and counsel people with sexual concerns. Our main goal is to help people who are looking to get AASECT certified, but we have and are developing additional programs.   The Buehler Institute is also run by Anneka Buehler, BS, an LPC student at George Mason University.  The Buehler Institute is devoted to DEI and we pride ourselves on keeping our content current and relevant--and engaging.  That's why we say that "We take pleasure seriously."

Do I need to take a quiz on the material?

Those who attend LIVE will not need to take a quiz. We do ask that those who attend live grab their certificate within 48 hours of the course. However, those who watch the recorded version will need to take a short quiz in order to meet the requirements for claiming their CEs. You'll have 3 attempt to pass the quiz. If your quiz has been locked, please email  us at info@learnsextherapy.com and we can reset the quiz for you.

Psychologists

TBI is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TBI maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

Counselors

The Buehler Institute has been approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. The Buehler Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

AASECT Members

TBI is approved by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists to provide continuing education units toward certification as a Sex Therapist or Counselor, Provider #12-13-Q.

Nurses

TBI is an approved provider of continuing education by the Board of Registered Nursing, provider number CEP 16394.

While we are not an approved NASW or ASWB CE provider, many state licensing will accept CEs from APA approved providers. Please check with your state licensing board for the most accurate information.
Meet the instructor

Stefani Goerlich, PhD, LCSW, CST

Award-winning author of The Leather Couch: Clinical Practice with Kinky Clients, and its forthcoming sequel Kink-Affirming Practice: Culturally Competent Therapy from the Leather Chair, AASECT-Certified Sex Therapist Stefani Goerlich is an expert in working with Gender, Relationship, and Sexuality Diversities as well as religious minority clients, and has over 15 years’ experience in supporting survivors of domestic and sexual trauma.

Describing herself as “building bridges between the margins and the mainstream,” Stefani has worked with high-risk young people, commercial sex workers, and survivors of human trafficking- among others. In addition to her work as The Society for Sex Therapy and Research’s Diversity Chair, she is the founder of Bound Together Counseling, a boutique private practice based in Detroit, Michigan, where she offers Sex, Relationship and Mental Health therapy to members of the GSRD community, their partners, and their families. 

Stefani holds a Master’s in Social Work from Wayne State University, where she specialized in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, earned her Post-Graduate Certificate in Sex Therapy from the University of Michigan, and recently completed her PhD in Clinical Sexology. A member of the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program Teaching Faculty, she is a licensed Clinical Social Worker in Michigan, Ohio, and Arizona and is currently writing her next book, With Sprinkles on Top: Help and Hope for Vanilla Partners of Kinky People, coming in 2023. You can follow Stefani on Twitter at @Tzefira_Neviah or visit her website www.boundtogethercounseling.com
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