There have been a number of writings as well as media narratives that have attempted to unpack some of the systemic variables that impact relational and affective constructs in some consensual non-monogamous relationships. While these works have had moderate success in shedding light upon the formation (e.g., partner selection and courtship), maintenance, and possible severance of these relationships, few have offered insight on how various racial/ethnic identities held are sometimes privileged, oppressed, contradictory, and emancipatory. This conversation explores the inclusion/exclusion of diversity in CNM spaces and how modern sex therapists must be able to take into account the complexities of divergent identities in relationships. Sex therapists should have a strong sense of self-awareness and how their identities are leveraged to facilitate liberatory and emancipatory spaces for reflection, growth, and transformation. The workshop is presented from a social justice perspective and invites participants to apply abstract concepts to nuanced interventions in sex therapy.
By the end of the session, participants will be able to:
1. Describe how identities are negotiated during clinical care and supervision.
2. Identify two strategies for facilitating or creating liberatory or emancipatory spaces for CNM clients during sex therapy.