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Love in Abundance: Working With Consensually Non-monogamous (CNM) and Polyamorous Clients
November 17, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 4:15 pm
An event every day that begins at 1:00 pm, repeating until November 18, 2021
Live Interactive Webinar | November 17 and 18, 2021, 1 – 4:15 p.m. ET
Instructor: Katherine Glick, M.Ed., LPC, LCADC, ACS, MAC, SAP
CEs: 6 CEs are available for $10 fee
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This course is designed for clinicians working with non-monogamous or polyamorous individuals or couples/relationships. It assumes that therapists know some basic definitions and concepts of Consensually Non-monogamy (CNM)/ polyamory. This course will build on that knowledge and explore variations and different themes in CNM and polyamorous relationship structures. The first half of the course will dive deeper into understanding the lived experiences and challenges of CNM/polyamory. We will examine philosophical and values-based frameworks that influence one’s choice to pursue non-traditional relationship structures, as well as how hierarchy and power dynamics can influence and inform decisions made within those relationships. Intersectional identity themes of various polyamorous/CNM individuals and groups will be explored, and participants will gain a deeper understanding of how and where oppression shows up and intersects with those who practice CNM or polyamory.
The second half of the course will focus on key therapeutic skills to assist clients with navigating challenges and pitfalls within polyamorous and CNM relationships, all from a trauma-informed lens. The different dimensions of attachment and attachment injuries will be explored as they relate to CNM and discussed within a framework of actively grounding relationships in empowered and collaborative care, healing, and mutuality. Core themes of differentiation, autonomy and secure base will be integrated in discussions of the therapeutic relationship and therapeutic skills taught. Themes of codependency and boundaries will be discussed, and participants will have the opportunity to practice leading discussions that assist clients with getting clear on their wants, needs, boundaries, expectations and agreements with their partner(s). Other core skills of conflict resolution, dealing with jealousy, navigating changes and sexual health will be discussed. Participants will also gain understanding of the importance of community-building and other key resources that will help CNM and polyamorous clients feel more empowered and prepared to navigate their relationships.
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