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Mono-Poly Relationships in Therapy
Presenter: Stephanie M. Sullivan, MS, LMFT
March 9, 2023
3:00-5:00 pm Pacific
Relationships in which one person is monogamous and another person is polyamorous – commonly referred to as mono-poly relationships – are often deemed to be one of the most difficult relationship configurations possible.
Psychodynamic Therapy & Polyamory
Presenter: Ryan G. Witherspoon, Ph.D.
Consensually non monogamous (CNM) and polyamorous relationships challenge deeply embedded and often implicit cultural norms involving monogamy. This cultural universalization of monogamy, dubbed “mononormativity,” pervades how romantic and sexual relationships are consciously and unconsciously experienced, organized, and therapeutically conceptualized.
Identity Development around Sexuality, Gender, and Relationships
Identity formation is a key developmental process for all individuals, but has special significance to those developing LGBTQIA+, consensually non-monogamous (CNM), or kink identities. A lack of coherent identity can impact a person’s relationships, mood, and occupation in a variety of ways.
From a Distance: Navigating Polyamory During a Pandemic
Esther Benoit, PhD, LPC
Times of stress and transition can amplify dynamics within relationships, particularly affecting complex relationship structures like polyamorous ones. This course will explore how clinicians can support their polyamorous clients through uncertain times, and how polyamorous partners can support each other to create connection in times of uncertainty.
Feminist Structural Family Therapy with Polyamorous Clients
Stephanie M. Sullivan, M.S., LLMFT and John Wall, MS, ALMFT
Even when therapists do accept a polyamorous client’s relationship style, they may not know how to apply therapeutic theories to working with the polyamorous relationship. Current family therapy approaches are not easily adaptable to address the needs of clients in polyamorous relationships. Current family therapy approaches are not easily adaptable to address the needs of clients in polyamorous relationships.
Multiplicities of Desire: Working with the Intersection of Bisexuality and Polyamory
Stephanie M. Sullivan, M.S., LLMFT
Bisexuality can have multiple meanings, but will be defined here as the potential to be attracted to people of more than one sex or gender, either romantically, sexually, or both. Therapists who are working with a client who is bisexual in the polyamorous community may have to consider how their client’s bisexuality impacts them therapeutically.
Healing Power of Open Relationships
Presented by: Kathy Slaughter, LCSW
Open relationships offer unique and perhaps unexpected protective factors and opportunities to heal from trauma. Working with trauma survivors who engage in open relationships challenges our best ideas about healthy relationships. Becoming a trauma-informed, consensual nonmonogamy affirmative therapist requires understanding how trauma impacts neural development, self-regulation, attachment styles, and interpersonal relationship skills.
Polyamorous Clients in Therapy: What You Didn’t Know You Needed to Know
Stephanie M. Sullivan, M.S., LLMFT
Recorded Edited Video
Consensual non-monogamy is a relationship style in which all individuals within the relationship agree to not being monogamous, and all individuals involved in the relationship are aware that it is not a monogamous relationship. Polyamory is a type of consensual non-monogamy in which people are able to be in committed, long term, intimate relationships with more than one person.