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


Kathy Slaughter

About the Presenter:

Kathy Slaughter, LCSW – Kathy Slaughter is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in practice for 14 years in Indianapolis, IN.

Additional Information

Instruction Level

This course is meant for an intermediate to advanced audience.

Who should Attend

Psychologists, counselors, and marriage and family therapists and social workers.


Recorded live webinar

Financial Support

The Affirmative Couch pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest

There is no reported conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Contact Information

For any inquiries related to subject matter, problem resolution, corrections, grievances, or anything else, please contact us.


The Affirmative Couch will work to accommodate reasonable accommodations requests. Requests can be emailed with the event date and “accommodation request” in the subject line at least 1 week ahead of time. Requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.


“Loved it! So informative and covered so much important info”

“So much helpful info for  working with these clients”

“This was fantastic. She was an excellent instructor. One of my favorite I’ve taken on your site. Clearly very knowledgeable.”

“Excellent course with helpful insights from the presenter. There were many gems in Kathy’s words, I took lots of notes to come back to later because the theoretical and practical information felt so poignant and important.”


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)

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