Navigating the New World of Non-Monogamist Relationships: What Mental Health Professionals Need to Know About Polyamory
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About the Event
This presentation will address polyamory, the practice of having multiple loving, sexual relationships at the same time, with full consent of all parties. The reported number of people practicing polyamory varies greatly from 1.2 to 2.4 million in the U.S., but this is very likely an underestimate. Clients in the poly community may initially be reluctant to seek out therapy, or may withhold information on their relationships from treatment providers, for fear of bias, judgment, or inappropriate care. This will explore the poly community in the US, including sociological factors, historical precedents, and appropriate clinician responses.
1. Recognize the four different types of ethical non-monogamous relationships.
2. Learn how to guide clients and/or couples through the process of “opening up.”
3. Be able to state two typical pitfalls and problems with polyamorous relationships.
4 Understand and be able to state the risks of choosing relationships that are outside of societal norms.
Maria Carrington, LICSW is a clinical social worker and a certified sex therapist. She has a private practice in University Place Washington, working with couples and individuals who are sexual minorities and part of the Polyamory, Kink and BDSM communities. She obtained her bachelor’s in social work from Pacific Lutheran University and her master’s in social work from Boston College. She also obtained a post graduate certification from the University of Michigan in Sex Therapy and is certified as a sex therapist with the American Association of Sex Educations, Counselors and Therapist. Prior to working in private practice, Maria also worked at the Boston Veterans administration and the American Lake Veterans administration.
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