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"Three's a Crowd and Four is...Wait! We Didn't Cover This is Grad School!": Working Effectively with Consensually Non-Monogamous Individuals and Couples

Presenter: Heather Garner, LCSW-C
Date: Friday November 16, 2018
Time: 10am - 1pm
CEU’s:  3 Category I

Cost: $65

Course Description:

In our fast-paced world, relationships rules and structures are changing faster than we can keep up. Modern couples are no exception to this rule and often find themselves renegotiating the relationship rule book in ways previous generations did not.  As a result, therapists are seeing an increase in individuals and couples who identify as consensually non-monogamous. Unfortunately, yet understandably, most therapists feel grossly unprepared to work with these clients.  In this interactive training, therapists will have an opportunity to explore their own biases, learn new therapeutic techniques geared towards this ever-growing population and to increase their competence and comfort level in working with this population group.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the truth surrounding consensually non-monogamous individuals and couples while dissecting common myths related to non-monogamy

  • Describe the primary barrier to seeking mental health treatment for consensually non-monogamous individuals and couples

  • Increase understanding of various consensually non-monogamous relationship structures and terminology.  

  • Increase awareness of how to create an open and accepting space for consensually non-monogamous individuals and couples and explore personal biases.

  • Explore the most common topics presenting with consensually non-monogamous couples and individuals such as jealousy, communication, limits, and expectations

  • Apply a nonjudgmental & diagnostic framework towards a client’s relationship structures

  • Evaluate clinical strategies for assessing, treating, and responding to unique, modern sexual dilemmas.