Poly Relationship Training 05/20/2017

Therapeutic Issues for Clients in

Polyamorous/Consensually Non-Monogamous Relationships

Presenters: Angelique Burke, LPC & Dr. Elisabeth Sheff

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Workshop Description:

Using empirical data, this workshop explains the primary types of Consensual Non-Monogamy practiced in the US: Open Relationships, Polygamy, Swinging, Polyamory, Monogamish, and Relationship Anarchy, and explores corollary ethical and therapeutic impacts on the therapy relationship.

Participants will learn how to utilize tools for talking to clients about sex, intimacy, and children as they apply to polyamorous relationships.

As practitioners increase cultural competency and resources for working with clients who are often seen as nonmainstream, or as “sexually deviant,” this will also serve as a way to strengthen current best practices for some, and as an informative primer for others

 

Workshop Abstract:

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce mental health practitioners to polyamory and the therapeutic issues they can face when serving clients in polyamorous relationships. It begins with defining Consensual Non-Monogamy (CNM) and contrasting it with cheating/adultery. Then it explores the primary types of Consensual Non-Monogamy practiced in the United States: Open Relationships, Polygamy, Swinging, Polyamory, Monogamish Relationships, and Relationship Anarchy.

This workshop looks at therapeutic issues facing people in CNM relationships, both internal to and external of the relationship. Internal issues vary by person, and often include dealing with jealousy, conflict, and boundary negotiation. Issues that are external to the relationship often include facing stigma, coming out to families of origin, and therapist bias.

In the workshop we will also identify at least three expressions of therapist bias and a discussion of the ethical issues inherent in combatting therapist bias. Practitioners will also obtain tools to recognize and address their biases, and/or provide appropriate referrals.

There will be exploration of the advantages and disadvantages associated with poly families and relationships, which will utilize research from a 15-year study to include an explanation of the ways in which these families might affect children.

 

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Workshop Objectives/Outcomes:

 

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will:
1. Distinguish between forms of consensual non-monogamy and between CNM and cheating/adultery
2. List two issues polyamorists often face that are internal to their relationships, and two that are external to the relationship
3. Identify two reasons why therapist bias can be an ethical issue, and obtain tools to recognize and address biases, and/or provide appropriate referrals
4. Apply tools, skills, and best practices on how to talk to clients about sex, intimacy, and relationships as they apply to Polyamory/Non-monogamy.
5. List at least three kinds of polyamorous families.
6. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages associated with poly families and relationships, and explain the ways in which these families might affect children.
7. Identify relevant resources for both these clients and the therapists working with them.

 

Workshop Makeup:

This 6 hour workshop will be in lecture format with some group discussion.

 

 

**** Approved by AASECT for 6 CE’s****

***** Approved by LPCA of GA for 6 core CE’S (Approval # 7037-17) *****

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When: 

Saturday, May 20, 2017  09:30am – 05:00pm

Registration & Check-In opens at 9:00am

Where:  

Atlanta Counseling Institute

1640 Powers Ferry Rd,

Bldg 27, Ste 200

Marietta, GA 30067

Cost:       

Registration: $120.00

 

 

 

**** Approved by AASECT for 6 CE’s****

***** Approved by LPCA of GA for 6 core CE’S (Approval # 7037-17) *****

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 Agenda:
09:00 am – Check-In
09:30 am – Intro & Instructional period
11:30 am – Break
11:45 am – Instructional period
01:00 pm – Lunch
02:00 pm – Reconvene for Instructional Period
03:30 pm – Break
03:45 pm – Reconvene for Instructional Period
05:00 pm – Evaluations, Certificates, & Dismissal

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About the Presenter: 

Angelique L. Burke is a Licensed Therapist, Certified Hypnotherapist, and Certified Life Coach who presents and trains on a variety of topics. With clients she addresses a range of topics such as Anxiety Reduction, Relationship issues, Sustainable Workplace Development, Increasing Self-esteem, Careering, Same-Gender and Heterosexual Intimate Partner Domestic & Sexual Violence, Poly/Consensually non-monogamous Relationships, “Alternative”/Kinky/Leather Lifestyle Relationships, LGBTQKLIP Relationship Related Issues, and matters related to fertility issues, recurrent pregnancy loss, and “non-partum depression”. In addition to providing individual, couples, family, and group therapy, she also loves training and consulting for non-profit, for profit, grass roots, academic, and community based settings.
For more information about Ms. Burke and her services, you can visit her website at www.RawServices.net.

 

Dr. Elisabeth “Eli” Sheff is the foremost academic expert on polyamory in the US, and
the worldwide expert on polyamorous families with children. Sheff’s first book, The
Polyamorists Next Door (2014), details her 15-year study of poly families with kids and
was just reprinted in paperback, and her second book, Stories from the Polycule (2015), is
an edited anthology of writings by poly folks. When Someone You Love is Polyamorous
(2016) is Sheff’s shortest book that guides family members and significant others who are
trying to understand a polyamorous loved one. An expert witness and Guardian Ad Litem
with a background in academic sociology, Dr. Sheff specializes in gender and sexual
minority families, kink/BDSM, and issues facing trans* people. She is the CEO and
Director of Legal Services at the Sheff Consulting Group, a think-tank of experts
specializing in unconventional and underserved populations. You can find her blogs on
Psychology Today at http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-polyamorists-next-door
How Do I Date at http://howdoidate.com/author/elisabeth-sheff/
and http://elisabethsheff.com/

 

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Cancellations/Refunds

Our policy is that you have until 05/12/2017 to cancel your registration and receive a 90% refund. After 05/13/2017 you may cancel, but you will only receive a 50% refund. There will be no refunds, if you attend the workshop.

For more information please e-mail: Natalie@NatalieElliott.com