Different Loving - A Psychiatric Clinician's Guide to Creating Therapeutic Treatment Alliances with BDSM Practitioners

Activity Details
  • Credit Amounts:
    • CNE: 1.20
    • Physicians: 1.00
    • TSBSWE: 1.00
    • Counselor: 1.00
  • Cost: Free
  • Release: Sep 21, 2015
  • Expires: Sep 21, 2017
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    1 Hour(s)
  • System Requirements:
  • Average User Rating:
    (8 Ratings)


Jamie B.  Huff Jamie B. Huff, DO
Associate Professor
Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
UNT Health Science Center
Fort Worth, Texas

Needs Statement

In their article “Sexual Medicine Education: Review and Commentary” in J Sex Med. 2007, 4: 259-268, Parish and Clayton state “There remain significant physician–patient barriers to discussing sexual issues; and patients feel that their physicians are reluctant, disinterested, or unskilled in sexual problem management…Patients are reluctant to bring up sexual issues with their physicians. Many (75% in one study) believe that their physicians would dismiss their sexual health concerns, or fear the topic might embarrass their physician. Many patients do not have confidence in their physician’s skills in managing sexual problems, and do not believe they would receive effective treatment.” To provide patient-centric care, the healthcare provider needs to be not only knowledgeable about the entire range of human sexual behaviors and practices, but needs to be able to discuss and address the patient’s concerns. This presentation is designed to assist in removing barriers that interfere with the healthcare provider’s ability to address sexual health issues with patients.

This program contains graphic images and adult subject matter.

Target Audience

This program is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, and other health care professionals.


• Increase their knowledge of the language used and activities utilized in the bondage & discipline, dominance & submission, and sadomasochism (BDSM) community.
• Increase their comfort level in knowledge and treatment of complications of BDSM activities.
• Differentiate between nonpathologic BDSM activity and abuse.



UNT Health Science Center is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 16274. This activity is approved for 1.20 Contact Hours.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to award continuing medical education to physicians.


This activity is approved for a maximum of 1.00 Clock Hours for Social Workers.


University of North Texas Health Science Center is an approved provider, number 2022, by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. This activity is approved for 1.00 CEU credit/1.00 clock hours.

Faculty Disclosure

Neither Dr. Huff, nor the UNT Health Science Center Professional and Continuing Education staff have anything to disclose.


The activity was supported by PACE - General.