Transference/Countertransference dynamics with LGBTQIA+ clients
Presenter: Cadyn Cathers, PsyD
Date/Time: September 18, 2022; 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Pacific; 2 15-minute break + 1-hour lunch
The transference/countertransference dynamics between the therapist and the client are complex. The unique experiences lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or nonbinary, queer, intersex, or asexual (LGBTQIA+) clients have surrounding gender and sexuality can add additional layers of complexity to therapeutic dynamics.
Psychodynamic Therapy & Polyamory
Presenter: Ryan G. Witherspoon, Ph.D.
Date: August 21, 2022
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.
Presenter: Chase Cates, DO MPH
Date: July 28, 2022
Routine and preventative medical care is essential to good health. The ability for mental health providers to rule out any medical concerns early in treatment allows for more accurate mental health diagnoses. LGBTQ+ people delay and avoid medical health care at higher rates than their cisgender and heterosexual counterparts due to medical discrimination, access to medical insurance, and stigma in the community based on hearing about another person’s negative experience.
Power Dynamics in the Facilitating Environment
Melissa Dellens, MA
Community psychology emerged in reaction to clinical psychotherapy; with a fervent belief that if mental health problems are related to the misuse of power at systemic and institutional levels then individual psychotherapy is not the answer. Community psychology believes interventions in a dyadic relationship do not begin to meet the greater unmet needs of the collective. We will explore this assertion from a perspective of psychodynamically-informed psychotherapy.
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.
Fighting without Fighting: DBT Skills for Addressing Microaggressions
Rachel Jones, M.A.
Microaggressions exist in the form of jokes, insults, biases, questions, and comments. They are often casual and can even be well-intended. On a day-to-day basis, microaggressions are directed toward people of color, women, gender diverse individuals, LGBTQIA+ individuals, relationship expansive individuals, and other people of marginalized groups or communities outside of the cultural norm.
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
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
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.