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February 2020

Realness: A Therapy Group for Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender and Queer Men

February 25 @ 7:00 am - 8:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until January 31, 2023

$75

In a city as vibrant and kinetic as New York and at a time when technology puts interaction at our fingertips, it can be challenging to find a space to cultivate authentic and fulfilling connections. Group therapy is a potent and transformative process that can help you develop a stronger and more honest relationship with yourself and others. Lead by skilled, queer-identified clinicians, we will explore a variety of issues both general…

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FREE Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group for Adults in the Kink, Poly, trans, GNC/NB, LGBQ, and Sex Work Communities

February 26 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating until July 15, 2020

Manhattan Alternative Wellness Collective, 110 Lafayette Street, suite 501
New York, NY 10013 United States
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Free

As an evidence-based treatment, DBT has been proven to effectively treat borderline personality disorder (BPD), eating disorders, treatment-resistant depression, and a variety of other disorders; “the overall goal of DBT skills training is to help individuals change behavioral, emotional, thinking, and interpersonal patterns associated with problems in living” (Linehan, 2015). DBT skills group as stand-alone treatment also has many benefits (Linehan, Korslund, Harned, Gallop, Lungu, Neacsiu, McDavid, Comtois, & Murray-Gregory, 2015; Valentine,…

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March 2020

Beginner Rope Ties: Wrists, Ankles and More w/ Lolita Wolf

March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Purple Passion / DV8, 211 West 21st Street, between 7th/8th Aves
New York, NY 10011 United States
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$30

With just some simple turns of the rope and one simple knot you’ll be able to tie someone’s hands together, tie them to a chair, hog-tie them and more! The possibilities are endless. Bring a 30 foot length of rope, because in this class you will learn safely, in a hands-on manner. Bring a partner or find a match at the class! For real beginners, no experience necessary.

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All About the Meat

March 15 @ 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Shag, 108 Roebling St
Brooklyn, NY 11211 United States
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Free

Oral sex - everyone assumes we all know how to do it, but what do we REALLY know? Join us for the annual Steak & BJ Day as Shag shows you how to enhance your oral performance and learn how to be a giving lover to your penis-owning partner. First 10 people get a free gift 🙂

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Rope Bondage Basics: Harnesses w/ Lolita Wolf

March 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Purple Passion / DV8, 211 West 21st Street, between 7th/8th Aves
New York, NY 10011 United States
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$30

This class will cover a variety of body harnesses that are pretty as well as practical. These bondage techniques will work for all types of bodies and many different types of scenes. Bring two 30 foot lengths of rope with you, because in this class you will learn safely, in a hands-on manner. Bring a partner or find a match at the class! No experience necessary.

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The Alternative Spirit Conference

March 27

​The Reverend Dr. Deb Berman, DMin, LCSW, Founder and Spiritual Director of PrideMinistry, will hold The Alternative Spirit Conference at a retreat center in Midtown Manhattan (​exact​ ​address to be disclosed by organizers directly as to protect the safety and privacy of attendees​). The conference will feature eminent Alternative Relationship, Alternative Lifestyle, Kink, BDSM, Poly, LGBTQAI2+, Queer, and Genderqueer affirming authors, psychotherapists, clergy, sexuality educators, advocates, theologians, faith community leadership, and researchers.…

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Transformational Chairwork/Four Dialogues 3-Day Intensive

March 28 @ 10:00 am - March 30 @ 4:00 pm
National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis, 40 W 13th St
New York, NY 10011 United States
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$325

Transformational Chairwork is centered on the belief that there is a healing and transformative power in: (1) Giving voice to one’s inner parts, modes, and selves; and (2) Enacting or re-enacting scenes from the Past, the Present, or the Future The Transformational Chairwork/Four Dialogues Training is designed to introduce therapists to the practice of Chairwork, in an active, creative, and clinically-useful manner using clinical story-telling, role-plays, and live demonstrations. In this Three…

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April 2020

ZAP! The Wonders of Electro-Play w/ Miss Mackenzee

April 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Purple Passion / DV8, 211 West 21st Street, between 7th/8th Aves
New York, NY 10011 United States
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$25

Join in this class as we explore one of the greatest inventions of all time: Electricity! There are many different ways to incorporate electro into your sex and kink. Within this workshop, we’ll discuss ways to make the experience pleasurable or torturous depending on which way you want it to go. What are the safety precautions to take when dealing with electricity? Want to learn how to play with orgasm control using…

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May 2020

5th Annual AltSex NYC Conference

May 1 @ 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
The Jerry Orbach Theater, 210 West 50th Street
New York, NY 10019
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Organized and produced by Michael Aaron, PhD, LCSW, CST and Dulcinea Pitagora, PhD, LCSW, CST, the 5th annual AltSex NYC Conference provides a local arena for clinical and educational discourse around alternative sexual practices. The phrase “alternative sexuality” is purposefully broad, and inclusive of non-conforming gender identifications and sexual orientations and an intersectionality of gender and sexual expressions. The AltSex NYC Conference is a forum designed to disseminate information in a respectful,…

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June 2020

Cultural Competency with BDSM-Oriented Clients

$30

Clinicians unfamiliar with BDSM practices face common issues, including: countertransference; lack of competence in working with people with newly emerging sexual identities and/or with their partners; and discriminating between sexual abuse and “play” (Nichols, 2006; Pitagora, 2015). This seminar has been designed to bolster cultural competence in BDSM sexuality, which to date has been lacking in clinical training. Included will be a review of the literature related to healthy expressions of BDSM…

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