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Dr. Sprankle Presents at Minnesota Association for Marriage & Family Therapy 2021 Conference

We are thrilled to announce Dr. Sprankle will be presenting his research on Satanic Sex: Understanding Satanism as a Diversity Issue for Sex and Relationship Therapists at the annual MAMFT conference in October.

Presenters: Eric Sprankle, PsyD, LP

Eric’s bio: Dr. Eric Sprankle is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the Sexuality Studies Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He is also a licensed clinical psychologist and AASECT-certified sex therapist affiliated with the Minnesota Sexual Health Institute. His research interests include the intersections of sexuality, stigma, and Satanism.

Description/Knowledge gained: Appropriating the mythology of Satan as a god of carnality, modern Satanism began as a new religious movement in 1966 with the founding of the Church of Satan. Since then, the religion has experienced numerous schisms and factions, most recently with the formation of The Satanic Temple in 2012. Despite differences in the role of esoteric elements in the religion and other theological reasons for division, all Satanists are united in their shared values of sexual liberation and viewing sexuality as a form of authentic self-expression important to their religious beliefs. Conceptualizing Satanism as a non-dominant, sexpositive religion, sex and relationship therapists should understand how Satanists’ sexuality can benefit from a religious belief in sexual liberation but can also be hindered by religious minority stress. Unique challenges for Satanists and their implications for therapists relating to inter-faith relationships, religious identity concealment in therapy, and overcoming sex negativity from a childhood religion are discussed.

Course length: 1.5

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