BDSM, Kink, & Fetish Play
Instructor: Emily Prior
12 Course Hours | Elective Course

Still wondering why all the fuss about “50 Shades?” How can you best serve your clients who are seeking to explore or already active in BDSM, kink, and fetish play? The first step is understanding what it all means and how this type of sexual expression can manifest.


Here’s what you will learn:

  • Definitions related to BDSM, kink and fetish play
  • Activities and roles associated with BDSM
  • The distinctions between BDSM activities and paraphilias
  • Relationship protocols specific to BDSM
  • Your own limits about being open to BDSM, kink and fetish clients and relationships
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It is likely some of your clients NOW practice BDSM, kink, and fetish play. If not, you will certainly be seeing them in your practice. This population (“kinksters”) has gained a lot more attention and acceptance over the last few decades, but there is still a long way to go before these practices are considered mainstream.

To meet the vast and varied needs of your clients, you should be kink-aware and prepared to fully engage with clients who participate in BDSM, kink and fetish activities. Or be ready to guide those clients seeking to explore this new way of relating.

Clients who practice BDSM, kink, and fetish play want to know that they are in a safe space to discuss and explore their sexuality. Are you prepared to provide that space for this type of exploration?

Do you need additional skills to make you better equipped to work with this client population?

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This course is designed to advance your knowledge about BDSM, kink, fetish, and the clients who may participate in these activities or identify with this orientation.

You will learn the terms and language frequently used by those who participate in BDSM, as well as the relationship styles, protocols, etiquette, and how to handle the unique relationships these clients will present. You will also learn how to distinguish between an interesting sexual orientation and a possible paraphilia.

Through lectures, readings, and experiential practice, this course will give you the tools you need to begin working with your kinky clients.

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Your Instructor, Emily Prior

Emily E. Prior, MA is the Director for the Center for Positive Sexuality. She has studied human sexuality and gender topics from a variety of perspectives, including Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology and won the Vern Bullough Award for research.

She is a member of The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, American Sociological Association, Pacific Sociological Association , Community-Academic Consortium for Research of Alternative Sexualities (of which she is on the Research Advisory Committee), Los Angeles Sexologists Associates, and Phi Kappa Phi.

For more than 10 years Emily has been teaching formal and informal classes about a variety of sexuality-related topics including BDSM lifestyle, Polyamory lifestyle, Introductory and Advanced Human Sexuality Courses for Psychology and Sociology departments at universities, Teen Sexuality topics for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and others.

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As BDSM, kink and fetish play become more culturally accepted, the likelihood that you will see clients who engage in these activities will increase.

You should be prepared to work with “kinky” clients, providing them with a safe space to explore in a judgement-free environment.

If you feel that you need more information to be better equipped to work with these clients, then sign up for BDSM, Kink, & Fetish Play today!

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Studying BDSM, Kink, & Fetish Play with Sexology University has tremendous rewards! Here’s everything you’ll get:


  • Instant access to the course – you can start TODAY
  • State of the art 24/7 online learning platform – study from anywhere, anytime
  • Expert video lecture from esteemed educator Emily Prior, MA
  • 12 hours of focused learning, implementing cutting-edge adult education techniques
  • Expert, personalized review of your work & feedback from Sexology University faculty


  • List of BDSM Resources
  • BDSM Terminology Definitions Handout
  • Paraphilias vs BDSM Handout

 Course Fees (Including INSTANT ENROLLMENT): $397

Sexology University is proud to present BDSM, Kink, & Fetish Play as an elective course. BDSM, Kink, & Fetish Play is a premium course taught by world-renowned expert Emily Prior. Take this course as part of our Clinical Sexology Certification Program, or à la carte to supplement your practice.

You can order this course here and you will receive instant access and instant enrollment today.