Delving Deeper -- Gaming within Kink Populations

About this Training

Kink is increasingly coming out of the shadows in American culture, a hidden gem that was once considered a shameful secret. Kink, also called Consensual Fetish, is not only common, but it is also a potential source of mental health benefits, often through roleplaying. The use of D&D 3rd Edition has become a common RPG for kinksters (those who are actively in the kink community). Utilization of this framework, as well as how other games and editions, will be explored. What can one do to support their Adult Baby/Diaper Lover client, or their client struggling to find community for their Puppy Play? How does one find a framework that caters to bondage or degradation and still call it therapy? Furthermore, how does one use games to do so? This and more will be explored within the context of the presentation.

Delving Deeper -- Gaming within Kink Populations

Learning Objectives

  • #1

    Attendees will identify three mental health benefits of kink using the mental health benefits of RPGs.

  • #2

    Attendees will identify three ways in which kinks and kink cultures can be explored in-game without violating clinical ethical codes or state laws, while allowing clients the freedom to be themselves in a safe space.



Nicholas A. Maio-Aether, MSPSY, BCBA, LBA

Nicholas A. Maio-Aether, MSPSY, BCBA, LBA is a [Sexual] Behavior Analyst and a Systemic Sex Therapist, working with clients of all backgrounds, sexualities, genders, and relationship dynamics. He utilizes common techniques and less conventional, more modern ones, such as the use of gaming, particularly RPGs, as ways of connecting with clients and bringing the therapy to a place where it is not only helpful, but enjoyable and relatable, applicable and generalizable. Nicholas is the only Behavior Analyst to have completed a 350-hour supervised practicum in Sex Therapy, and is set to certify as a Sex Therapist upon completion of his second licensure program in MFT, expected for completion in August of 2021. At that point, he will be the first BCBA in the world to have obtained the combination of these 3 credentials, and thus has already begun speaking and training at state, national and international levels. Nicholas is currently a contributor for and SexEdContinuingEd. He oversees training of BCBAs in sexuality statewide in Missouri, is on the Bylaws Committee for AASECT and owns Empowered: A Center for Sexuality LLC in Saint Louis, where he and his team have served individuals, couples, and families from around the US. Additionally, he is a Type-II CEU provider for BCBAs and utilizes his agency as a training center for aspiring [Sexual] Behavior Analysts. He supervises certified professionals and practicum students in ABA, emphasizing individuality, human rights, and cultural competency.

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    Learn how to understand and work with your clients using proven strategies derived from competent practice, knowledge, and culture while knowing what questions to ask them.

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    Presented by one of the leading experts in the field of Psychology, this training presents upon the topic using real life examples.

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    Through understanding the culture and connecting with our clients, we create meaning, relationships, and a place for new thought to birth.

Course Curriculum

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