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CARAS Alternative Sexualities Conference

  • Center on Halsted 3656 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL, 60613 United States (map)
CEUs for Licensed Professionals   Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60613

CEUs for Licensed Professionals

Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60613

Join us for the 8th Annual CARAS Conference! 

TASHRA in partnership with the GLSHA invites you to attend the 2017 CARAS Alternative Sexualities Conference. Learn from leaders in the field as they present on various topics including kink and consensual non-monogamy. Hear research findings from the first National Kink Health Survey and network with some of the greatest minds in the field of alt sex. Early registration rates end on May 15th!

Join us for the Kink Identified Clinician Summit on Saturday, May 26th!* (10:00am to 12:00pm, Center on Halsted)

*No extra cost with full day workshop registration*

Hours count toward becoming a Certified Kink Competent (CKC) Provider

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.

Reserve your hotel at the newly renovated Chicago City Suites. A room block has been set aside under the group name "CARAS Conference" for your convenience. You may call the hotel directly at 773-404-3400 or book online using Group Code: CARAS. Reduced rates are $179-$199 and include WiFi and breakfast. 

Following the conference, the GLSHA invites you to join us for a social event at Sidetrack, one of Chicago's famed hotspots in the Boystown neighborhood. Join us at 6:30pm for drinks and entertainment!

The Great Lakes Sexual Health Alliance is looking for volunteers to assist our team during the conference. If you are interested, then please send us an email at

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