Creating Clinical Practice Guidelines to Work with the Kink Community

Clinical practice guidelines have been developed for work with a number of marginalized and underserved populations, including children, older adults, lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and persons with disabilities (to name a few). Guidelines are critical to:

- Improving the quality of mental health and substance abuse services available.

- Increasing access to culturally sensitive care.

- Avoiding harm.

- Decreasing diagnosing and pathologizing of identities and behaviors outside the mainstream.
- Informing clinicians, the public, and other interested parties about ethical and competent professional practices.

There are currently NO guidelines for training mental health professionals in providing care to members of alternative sexuality communities.

PASD is collaborating with the Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS) in San Francisco to develop clinical practice guidelines for work with kink-identified individuals, families and communities. This multi-year project involves a series of research studies. We are currently completing an assessment of clients’ experiences with mental health clinicians’ competency in these areas.

Team members collecting data at International Mr. Leather 2013​