Understanding Polyamory and Nonmonogamy in a Context of Sexual and Relational Diversities

Presented by Rachel Kieran, PsyD on 07-19-2013 at 9 a.m. Pacific

Consensual intimacy (sexual and otherwise) outside of a primary relationship is becoming an increasingly common relational agreement in our postmodern world. The term “polyamory” has been used as an umbrella term; however, this concept covers a vast range of relational agreements, each determined by the individuals involved. Terms used to identify such relationships are as numerous as the individuals who endorse them, continue to evolve within cultures, and are often dependent upon the particular configuration of the couple, triad, or family at a given moment.

It becomes clear that polyamory has multiple possible meanings and that understanding what this identifier means in the context of the individual person is essential to clinical practice. Misunderstandings and pathologizing assumptions about these individuals abound and contribute to a culture that often creates barriers to appropriate treatment for these individuals, even regarding other clinical issues. As responsible clinicians, we must challenge ourselves to confront our own values and stereotypes around sexual and relational diversity, becoming increasingly aware of the judgments we bring into the room. This continuing education event will attempt to share some of the collected findings regarding polyamory and nonmonogamy, including a review of how these terms and types of relationships are often understood by their participants.

This web conference is beginning instructional level and designed to help clinicians:

  1. Identify and describe multiple styles of non-monogamy polyamory, open marriage, polyfidelity, responsible non-monogamy, triads, etc;
  2. Explain polyamories as one of a person’s multiple identities, in the spectrum of sexual and relational identities;
  3. Identify frequently expressed relational concerns of polyamorous individuals;
  4. Describe ways to avoid pathologizing behavior with nonmonogamous people in therapy.

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How the Web Conference Works

In short, participants will be able to listen to the event by calling in to our teleconference center. Prior to the event, all participants will be sent an email with instructions on how to login to the teleconference center. This event will include lecture, interaction, and question and answer periods.

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

1.5 CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.

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GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

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This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Event Reviews from Members

I appreciated how well organized Rachel was and thorough in covering a good deal of information in a very limited amount of time. - Kristin Hirt, LMFT

Meet the Presenter

Rachel Kieran, PsyD

Rachel Kieran, PsyD

Dr. Rachel Kieran is a licensed psychologist in private practice in the Atlanta area providing individual and couples counseling/psychotherapy as well as assessment services. Licensed in the state of Georgia, Dr. Kieran has been providing therapy services for over ten years and has been in private practice for six. Dr. Kieran’s practice is open and accepting to all and places a particular emphasis on the importance of multiple identities in the lives of clients. This includes relational and gender diversity including affectional identify orientation, queer theory, BDSM, kink, transgender issues, polyamory, and other nonmonogamies.

In addition to clinical work in private practice, Dr. Kieran is a part-time faculty member at Agnes Scott College and Kennesaw State University. A current member of the Georgia Psychological Association’s Board of Directors, she has been actively involved in GPA’s Council on Gender and Sexual Diversity and Continuing Education committee for the past three years. Dr. Kieran has presented at local and national conferences on topics related to sexual, gender, and relational diversity. She also provides consultation services to local universities regarding issues of sexual and gender diversity.

For more information about Dr. Kieran and her work, please visit www.rkieranpsyd.com

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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.