ARE WE JUNE 2 Schedule and Descriptions

8:00am Setup (staff, sponsors and volunteers.)
 8:30-9:00 Check- In
 9-10:20 – Welcome and Introduction- Billy Holder( 5 mins tops)
“Alternative to what?”:  Digging into Sexual, Gender and Relational Diversity and how you  understand it– Rachel Anne Kieran, PsyD
 10:20-10:35 – Break
 10:35 – 12 – Postmodern Gender Identity – Binary on Trial -Anna Baxter, LAPC
 12-1 Lunch / Social
 1 – 2:20 – Let;s talk about Sex –  Lifestyle, BDSM, and Consensual Non-Monogamy- Angelique L. Burke, LPC
 2:20-2:35 Break
 2:35 – 4 – Check Your Bias – Ethics of practice with alternative relationships–Rachel Anne Kieran, PsyD
 4 – 4:30 Collect CE documentation, networking


Alternative to what?  Digging into Sexual, Gender and Relational Diversity and how you understand it

Presenter: Rachel Anne Kieran, PsyD

Learning Objectives:

  1.    Describe sexual, gender and relational diversity as alternatives to heterocentric, monocentric and gender binary stereotypes promulgated by many social norms.
  2.    Engage participants in experiential dialogues regarding personal values around relationships and how they may experience these into the room with a non-monogamous client.
  3.   Identify polyamorous as one of a client’s multiple identities, in the spectrum of sexual and relational identities.

 

Postmodern Gender Identity – Binary on Trial

Presenter: Anna Baxter, LAPC

A review of the relationship between biological sex characteristics and sociocultural construct of gender. Anna will recognize how mental health professionals’ cultural norms, personal biases, religious or spiritual beliefs, and personal experiences of gender may impact their ability to work ethically with gender diverse clients.

Learning Objectives:

  1.     Be able to describe diversity in biological sex characteristics.
  2.     Be able to discuss diversity in gender identity.

 

Let’s talk about Sex –  Lifestyle, BDSM, and Consensual Non-Monogamy

Presenter: Angelique L. Burke, LPC

This portion introduces and explains some of the potential links amongst Lifestyle, BDSM, Kink and Consensual Non-Monogamy, and their relevance and potential corollary impacts in the therapeutic relationship.  Participants will learn about the differences amongst various Lifestyle Affiliations and Identifications. Participants will be encouraged and supported to explore their own personal biases, and learn ways to make appropriate and comprehensive referrals to other practitioners and community resources.  Participants will learn about various ways to talk to clients about sex, intimacy, and relationships as they apply to Lifestyle, BDSM, Kink, and Non-monogamy.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the differences amongst various Lifestyle Affiliations and Identifications.
  2. Critique personal biases and learn ways to support current clients and/or make appropriate referrals.
  3. Apply tools, skills, and best practices on how to talk to clients about sex, intimacy, and relationships as they apply to Lifestyle, BDSM, Kink, and Non-monogamy.

 

Check Your Bias – Ethics of practice with alternative relationships

Presenters: Rachel Anne Kieran, PsyD

In this portion of the workshop, we will present a variety of traditional and alternative fictional relationships and explore how practitioners can ethically engage and work with clients seeking individual and relationship therapy. We will facilitate a group dialog, discussing each practitioner’s personal biases based on cultural norms, religious or spiritual beliefs and personal experiences. We will close out with a review of the pre-test and identify each practitioner’s personal biases that may impact their ability to work ethically with clients in alternative relationships.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Be able to identify at least 2 (two) personal biases that may impact practitioner’s ability to empathize with a client’s experience in an alternative relationship.
  2. Discuss how personal bias may impact professional competence.
  3. Differentiate between non-monogamy and at least one other kind of alternative relationship.

 

Q&A: Everything you really wanted to know but were afraid to ask

Group Panel with all presenters

In this portion of the workshop, we will challenge participants to address various real-life examples of alternative relationship clients or situations that each clinician present has seen in their practice.  Participants will be encouraged to address their own biases as they arise, as well as consider any ethical considerations that arise in considering how best to provide effective treatment in these situations.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss how personal bias may impact professional competence.
  2. Address ethical issues that may arise in provided clinical scenarios

 

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