Certificate Program

The Art and Philosophy of Bondage and BDSM Therapy (18+)

 

Directors: Julie Reshe, PhD & Maria Beatty

Maria Beatty is one of the world most renowned erotic noir filmmakers. Her work is kink-focused with primarily female performers, often shot in black-and-white. Her filmmaking style is high-end and artistic, and she cites Andy Warhol, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Irving Klaw and Bettie Page as inspirations for her work. “My films delight in the playful relationship between pleasure and pain,” she says on her site, listing a wide variety of fetishes seen in her work. Some of her films have a surreal atmosphere, and some openly play with shocking the audience. Maria Beatty has produced all of her films independently. She has also appeared as a performer in several of them.

Julie Reshe (Russian: Жюли Реше) is a widely known philosopher, public intellectual and a practicing existential psychoanalyst. She completed her PhD in Philosophy and Psychoanalysis under the supervision of Alenka Zupančič at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and studied Psychology at the University of Oxford. She currently occupies the position of Associate Professor of Philosophy at GCAS College Dublin, where she directs the Institute of Psychoanalysis. Professor Reshe has numerous publications in both internationally renowned books and journals, covering a range of interdisciplinary subjects. Her recent book Introduction to Philosophy: The Plasticity of Everyday Life was a bestseller in Russia and has been shortlisted for the Alexander Piatigorsky Award (2017). She works at the intersection of philosophy, psychoanalysis, existential therapy and neuroscience. Her research topics include care, violence, sexuality, childhood and trauma studies.

 

Description

This program offers the unique opportunity to comprehensively review the phenomena of BDSM from an artistic, philosophical and a therapeutic perspectives. 

With support of world-leading theoreticians and artists participants of the program will get a chance to discover BDSM in both theoretical and practical ways — with reference to philosophical theories and up-to-day scientific comprehension of BDSM (while participating in online lectures and engaging in e-discussions) and practically engaging in the world of BDSM art and practice via Virtual Reality (VR). Participants will discover ways to integrate BDSM into their personal lives, via serious analytical understanding and transforming this practice into art and learn basic BDSM-therapy skills.

The program offers an additional option of in-person session for those who are willing to participate in BDSM therapy in either their counseling practice or private life.

The participant is responsible for separately purchasing VR equipment should they wish to participate in the live in-person and/or VR sessions. The participant who chooses to participate either in person or via the VR platform will be briefed on the risks and must sign a liability release waiver. 

 

 

There are four seminar modules:

1. Violent Tenderness (Julie Reshe) [4 seminars].

2. Queering BDSM through the Art of Maria Beatty (Maria Beatty} [3 seminars].

3. The Painful State of Bliss (Maria Beatty) [3 seminars].

4. Theory and Practice of BDSM Therapy: An Integrative Approach (Julie Reshe) [4 seminars].

 

Outside of this program, Maria and Professor Reshe offer an additional live, interactive VR session for those who are wishing to integrate BDSM therapy in either their counselling practice or private life. This additional session is free of charge for researchers subscribed to the course — not including VR equipment for an immersive experience. This additional program is not part of this Certificate Program, and is not being offered by GCAS College Dublin. Researchers must be 18 years or older to attend. Details provided in the course description.


Method of Instruction

Online interactive and self-paced seminars, immersive VR sessions.

 

Certificate

 


REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETION OF PROGRAM

  • Complete 4 online live and interactive seminars (modules). You may also view the recordings of the seminar if you're unable to be present during the regularly scheduled live session. 

  • Be active participants in the seminars.
  • Complete all required modules:  
      • Attend all seminars live online or self-paced; and
  • Complete a Research Project within the area of BDSM (1,500 words research paper). There are other possible substitutive forms of Research Project: performance, art project, film script, and others (with the consent of the program directors).

 

 

Important: to be able to participate in the seminar you need to be 18 years old or older.

 


Modules

Here is the course outline:

Module I: Violent Tenderness - Seminar 1 (January)

The ambiguity of human intimacy. 1 PM EST - 2:30 PM EST (New York Time)

Welcome note

Module I: Violent Tenderness - Seminar 2 ((January)

Independence-Domination duality. 1 PM EST - 2:30 PM EST (New York Time)

Module I: Violent Tenderness - Seminar 3 (January)

Tender love. With invited lecture by Prof. Stephanie Koziej. 1 PM EST - 2:30 PM EST (New York Time)

Module I: Violent Tenderness - Seminar 4 (February)

Therapeutic implications. 1 PM EST - 2:30 PM EST (New York Time)

Module II: Queering BDSM through the Art of Maria Beatty - Seminar 1 (February)

BDSM as a means of queering sexuality. 1 PM EST - 2:30 PM EST (New York Time)

Welcome note

Module II: Queering BDSM through the Art of Maria Beatty - Seminar 2 (February)

BDSM - intimacy - love. 1 PM EST - 2:30 PM EST (New York Time)

Module II: Queering BDSM through the Art of Maria Beatty - Seminar 3 (February)

BDSM: art - reality - therapy. 1 PM EST - 2:30 PM EST (New York Time)

Module III: A Painful State of Bliss - Seminar 1 (March)

The Torture Garden. 1 PM EST - 2:30 PM EST (New York Time)

Module III: A Painful State of Bliss - Seminar 2 (March)

Jouissance <> The Crimes of Love. 1 PM EST - 2:30 PM EST (New York Time)

Module III: A Painful State of Bliss - Seminar 3 (March)

Chamber <> Babylon Berlin <> Perversions Mortelles. 1 PM EST - 2:30 PM EST (New York Time)

[External Program] A Painful State of Bliss - Interactive VR session (18+) (March)

This will be a class staging BDSM practices brought into a virtual reality (VR) world. The actors in this seminar will be (The Maestra - Maria Beatty), a mistress, and her submissive. They will be joined by the participation of students who will be taking part in the presentation through virtual reality. The seminar will explore a polymorphous body of sex acts involving transformative experiences toward deviating away from the usual hetero-genital-oriented practice. [External VR seminar offered independently by Maria Beatty and Prof. Julie Reshe to researchers in the Certificate Program. VR seminar not part of the Certificate Program, and not required for its completion.]

A Painful State of Bliss

Module IV: Theory and Practice of BDSM-Therapy: An Integrative Approach - Seminar 1 (April)

A psychoanalytic and post-psychoanalytic conceptualisation of sadism and masochism: Freud, Lacan, Deleuze. 1 PM EST - 2:30 PM EST (New York Time)

Welcome note

Module IV: Theory and Practice of BDSM-Therapy: An Integrative Approach - Seminar 2 (April)

Placing BDSM in a frame of attachment theory and social cognitive neuroscience. 1 PM EST - 2:30 PM EST (New York Time)

Module IV: Theory and Practice of BDSM-Therapy: An Integrative Approach - Seminar 3 (April)

An Existential Approach to Psychotherapy: Therapeutic Function of BDSM. 1 PM EST - 2:30 PM EST (New York Time)

Module IV: Theory and Practice of BDSM-Therapy: An Integrative Approach - Seminar 4 (April)

Invited guest: Kevin Boileau, PhD. 1 PM EST - 2:30 PM EST (New York Time)