From a Distance: Navigating Polyamory During a Pandemic

Presenter/Instructor: Esther Benoit, PhD, LPC (VA)

1 CE Available

Abstract: 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. Polyamorous relationships take on many different forms and can range from parallel–a style that honors needs for privacy and space among partners–to kitchen table, a more interconnected pattern in which partners feel comfortable with each other’s partners and can sit around the kitchen table together. 

Various styles and relationship structures within polyamory, and their intersections with normative and non-normative life events including worldwide crises such as Covid-19, will be explored. This presentation explores a range of living arrangements, logistics, and life stressors that can impact relationship satisfaction. Strategies for working with polyamorous clients in times of transition and stress will be provided, and specific attention will be paid to the many ways in which the current global pandemic is shaping how and with whom we are able to connect relationally. 

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify two to three polyamorous relationship styles and relational patterns associated with those styles
  2. List three therapeutic techniques and interventions that are useful for working with polyamorous clients who may be living apart from one or more partners
  3. Assess relationship styles, living situations, resource availability, and relationship hierarchy with their polyamorous clients

Esther Benoit, PhD, LPC (VA) has been serving clients and students in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area since 2005. Her practice focuses on creative approaches to counseling, emphasizing the importance of relationships and relationship patterns. She works with people who struggle with anxiety, systemic/family patterns, complex relationship structures, LGBTQIA+, and multicultural issues.


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