This four hour webinar will be a comprehensive training for sex therapists and aspiring sex therapists working with clients engaged in consensual nonmonogamy. Although the prevailing relationship paradigm in modern Western culture is lifelong monogamous pair binding, that model is increasingly challenged by people who question the wisdom of both sexual and romantic monogamy. In fact, recent surveys suggest that 5% of North American adults have participated in consensual nonmonogamy at some point and 1% are currently involved in a CNM relationship. Therapists are increasingly challenged to work with clients who have already ventured into CNM territory as well as those who want to open their marriages and try it.
This webinar will teach participants the history of consensual nonmonogamy and monogamy, and the various rationales and philosophies that underly different relationship forms. They will learn to distinguish between several forms of consensual nonmonogamy and the types of people likely to engage in each form. Students will be exposed to the research on consensual nonmonogamy and the people who practice it. They will learn the clinical issues common to clients practicing CNM, and the clinical issues surrounding couples attempting to ‘open up’ a relationship. Participants will leave with the tools necessary to help clients with nonmonogamous relationships. Didactic/PowerPoint presentation supplemented with case examples, video.
Dr. Margaret (Margie) Nichols is a queer-identified psychotherapist, writer, activist, and educator with over forty years of experience working in the LGBT+ community. She is a licensed psychologist, AASECT certified sex therapy supervisor, and WPATH GEI Mentor. In 1983 Dr. Nichols founded the Institute for Personal Growth, a multi-site psychotherapy center in New Jersey that centers the LGBTQ+ community both as clients and therapists, and directed IPG until 2018. In 1985 she was a primary founder and the first Director of the Hyacinth AIDS Foundation, which continues to be New Jersey’s primary provider of social services and advocacy to people affected by HIV.
Dr. Nichols has authored more than two dozen papers or book chapters that are focused on LGBTQ+ issues. In 2020 her book, “The Modern Clinician’s Guide to Working with LGBTQ+ Clients” was published by Routledge Press.
Dr. Nichols also conducts trainings, workshops, and seminars virtually and in person. She supervises therapists wishing to become AASECT-certified, those seeking WPATH certification, and participants in MSTI programs, She currently maintains a small private practice of therapy and consulting in Jersey City, New Jersey. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or via her website, http://drmargienichols.com
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