Join us Oct 9 for LGBTQIA+ Addictions taught by Asher Hung, MA

Healing Power of Open Relationships

4-hour course 

Presented By: Kathy G. Slaughter, LCSW

Abstract: 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

Instructor Disclosure:

Kathy G. Slaughter, LCSW receives compensation from The Affirmative Couch, LLC. 

Licensed therapists price is $120.

Licensed therapists who work in nonprofits price is $100. (Enter code healingpower100 at checkout)

Student/unlicensed price is $60. (Enter code healingpower60 at checkout)

You can also get access to this course and all other courses – current and future – with the Lifetime Membership for a one-time fee. 


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