Certified Kink Conscious Coach

IBOSP Certified Kink Conscious Coach is for professionals in areas of medicine, clergy, healthcare, mental health, education, coaching, and consulting who do not work in a clinical setting, but provide services to people who identify within the kink community, or have presenting issues related to kink, sex and sexuality. IBOSP Certified Kink Conscious Coaches have specific, comprehensive training in kink practices and human sexuality.

Who seeks Certified Kink Conscious Coach?

Mental healthcare workers, educators, counselors, clergy, coaches, consultants, or healthcare professionals who focus primarily on the sexual health and well-being of individuals and couples, inclusive of kink practices. Kink conscious coach certification applicants apply theory and methods to prevention of psychosocial and relational distress and/or dysfunction. Coursework includes foundations of BDSM/Kink as well as specific clinical issues and cultural considerations to help practitioners create a coherent and distinct treatment plan.

Why Apply for the Kink Conscious Coach Certification?

Certification as a kink conscious coach provides assurance to the public that you have obtained advance training in the field and have the endorsement of an international certifying body, and allows clinicians to feel comfortable working with any sexual or relational practice their clients may present.

What are the basic eligibility requirements?

  • A current IBOSP membership in good standing
  • Twenty-six (26) hours of kink training including topics such as foundations, kink and mental health, and ego-dystonic sexual expression, integrating kink and harm reduction, and issues regarding the negotiation of consent.
  • A minimum of 50 hours of direct coaching experience working with individuals and people in the kink community.
  • Two satisfactory colleague references completed by a mental health, medical, or sexuality professional or IBOSP member.
  • Adherence to the IBOSP Code of Ethics.