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The experience of counselor stereotyping, bias, and misunderstanding is often very real for those who participate in adult, consensual, non-diagnosable paraphilic sexuality, commonly referred to as kink. A created Counselor Self-Reported Competency Scale, drawn from American Counseling Association competencies, and the Attitudes about Sadomasochism Scale were used to assess counselor knowledge and attitude for working with kink clients. This research suggests competence with kink clients increases as clinical experience working with kink clients increases. The ability to maintain a nonjudgmental attitude and open therapeutic environment seems linked to increased clinical experience with this sexual subculture.
Meyer Stewart, E. Y., & Hepburn, J. M. (2022). Counselor Self-Reported Competence for Working with Kink Clients: Clinical Experience Matters. Journal of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness: Research, Practice, and Education, 4 (1), 42-53. https://doi.org/10.34296/04011062