Approximately five to ten percent of people in the United States engage in some form of consensual non-monogamy. Therapists are becoming increasingly aware of the need to treat members of non-monogamous relationships. Traditional systemic therapy training programs do not routinely address how to work with non-monogamous relationships and, to date, no evidence-based model of couple therapy has been applied to non-monogamous relationships. Therefore, this webinar will outline how the theoretical foundations and interventions of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) align with the tenets of non-monogamy and provide clinical examples of the use of EFT with non-monogamous relationships.
- Explain the unique characteristics of non-monogamous relationships.
- Apply the tenets and interventions of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to working with non-monogamous relationships.
(5 min) Welcome and Introduction to the Speakers
(10 min) Review of Emotionally Focused Therapy (theoretical foundations, interventions, etc.)
(15 min) Review of Vernacular around Non-Monogamy and Basic Resources (books/podcasts)
(10 min) Myths and Facts of Non-Monogamous Relationships
(5 min) Break
(15 min) Self of the Therapist Work when Working with Non-Monogamous Relationships
(20 min) The Philosophy of Non-Monogamy and its fit with EFT
(30 min) The Steps and Stages of EFT with Non-Monogamous Relationships
(10 min) Questions
Caitlin (they/she) identifies as a white, queer, pansexual, polyamorous femme presenting person with invisible disabilities. They are currently a fourth year doctoral candidate at Michigan State University where they study couple and family therapy. Their research focuses on the cultural adaptations of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), specifically with members of the LGBTQ + communities, as well as community engaged research. They also own a private practice in Colorado and specialize in working with and supervising queer and poly individuals and relationships.
Ryan Hicks (he/him) is a clinical supervisor at Denver Family Institute. Prior to working in a private practice setting, Ryan spent time as an outpatient therapist and crisis evaluator in community mental health settings. He now provides Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) for those who struggle with treatment resistant depression, anxiety, and trauma. Ryan also provides relationship/couples therapy for those in polyamorous/ethically non-monogamous relationships and those struggling with sexual disconnection. Ryan is a visiting instructor at Naropa University, an affiliate faculty at Regis University, and practices therapy out of his office located in central Denver.
(NBCC and AASECT CEs are available. This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists [AASECT] and is approved for 2 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification.)