Healing Power of Open Relationships – The Affirmative Couch

Training for Therapists

Presenter/Instructor: Kathy Slaughter, LCSW - Kathy Slaughter is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in practice for 14 years in Indianapolis, IN.

4-hour course (video + post test + evaluation)

4 CEs available

After watching the video for each section, you will be able to mark it as "complete" and continue to the next section. There is a quiz at the end consisting of 24 questions. You must answer 18 correctly for a passing grade and to receive your certificate. You can retake the test multiple times. 


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. Supporting these clients demands differentiating between typical jealousy and trauma-fueled existential panic. This workshop supports therapists to develop their own understanding of healthy relationships beyond the monogamous framework and understand how certain nonmonogamous community values can create corrective learning experiences for their clients. This workshop illustrates how attachment theory, family systems theory, and the Gottman Method can inform work with trauma survivors in open relationships.

After completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe at least 3 areas affected by trauma and how they may impact relationships
  • Identify at least 3 unique ways that open relationships can provide healing for trauma
  • Create a case conceptualization utilizing family systems theory to understand dynamics in a polycule
  • Explain at least 2 applicable tactics from the Gottman Method as they apply to polyamory


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Student/unlicensed price is $60. Licensed therapists who work in nonprofits price is $100

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APA Approved
The Affirmative Couch, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Affirmative Couch, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Module 1 Healing Power of Open Relationships
Unit 1 Introduction to the Course
Unit 2 Trauma & Relationship Patterns
Unit 3 Case Example and Assessment
Unit 4 Responses to Trauma
Unit 5 Attachment Theory
Unit 6 Polyamory
Unit 7 Jealousy: An Invitation to Healing
Unit 8 Family Systems Theory
Unit 9 Abusive Behaviors
Unit 10 Gottman Method Part 1
Unit 11 Gottman Part 2
Unit 12 Final Thoughts and Post Quiz
Unit 13 Survey
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