Society of Janus Presents:
In the Mood: Playing Smart with Mental Illness and Disorders with Cynthia
August 29th 8-10pm
Location: Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission St, SF (btw 9 &10th St)
Cost: $5 Janus members and reciprocal orgs, $15 all others.
About the program:
Mental disorders are common in the United States. In a given year, approximately one quarter of adults (26.2%) are diagnosable for one or more disorders, and one in ten adults are diagnosable for a mood disorder (9.5%). Mood disorders are those that affect the mood or emotional state (e.g. bipolar and depressive disorders).
With these statistics, playing smart is advantageous to all of us. This is a useful class no matter what your experience and exposure is with mental illness.
In this class, you’ll answer some of these questions: Is it symptom, stigma or snark? How do I discuss mental illness in negotiation and aftercare? What tools does the psychiatric community have to offer kinky players? How can I use my mental illness to an advantage with my play? How can I be a compassionate play partner and offer great aftercare to my partners with mood disorders?
This class will be part lecture, part discussion and part tips and tricks.
About the presenter
Cynthia is a Spring 2011 graduate of the San Francisco Sex Information’s Sex Educator Training. She has served the community in a variety of roles, most often bringing the vanilla to the kinky and vice versa. In her non-kinky life, she has personal and professional experience with mental illness. Though not a clinician, she has worked in a best practices psychiatric mood disorders clinic and has learned to adapt tools to enhance her personal BDSM play experiences, such as perverting the National Institute for Mental Health mood charts for predicting patterns and creating best play outcomes.
We now have the ability for you to purchase a ticket for this class online:
If you’re a Janus member, you will need to include your membership number in a “Note to seller” to get the member discount. Please make sure to print out your ticket and bring it with you.
Note: Janus programs are open to all attendees 18 years of age and older who have a personal positive interest in BDSM. You do not need to be a member to attend.
Dress code: Whatever makes you feel good