Flexible Relationships, Monogamish to Poly and more with Dr. Elisabeth Sheff, Dr. David Ley and MORE!
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Has a client or friend ever told you that they are in an open relationship, "monogamish," talk about threesomes, swinging or poly? Join us for a Sexceptional Weekend to learn the basics and explore all the intricacies of what it means to be in a consensual non-monogamous relationship.
Open to ALL professionals, their partners, friends and anyone that wants to learn more!
*Choose 1/2 day, full day or weekend!*
March 23-24th, 2018
Up to 17 hours of LPC, LMFT, LCSW and AASECT CEUs
This is a level 1 certificate toward full certification.Gain CEUs towards your Consensual Non-Monogamy Certification provided by the Sexual Health Alliance and/or gain AASECT CEUs towards AASECT Sex Therapy Certification and more! AASECT Program Approved.
Dr. Elisabeth Sheff
Dr. Elisabeth “Eli” Sheff is the foremost academic expert on polyamorous families with children. With a PhD in Sociology, Dr. Sheff specializes in gender and sexual minority families, consensual non-monogamy, and kink/BDSM. Sheff’s first book, The Polyamorists Next Door (2014 hardback and ebook, 2015 paperback and audiobook), details the findings of the first 15 years of her research on polyamorous families with children. Her second book, Stories from the Polycule (2015), is an edited anthology of writings by polyamorous folks. When Someone You Love is Polyamorous (2016) is Sheff’s shortest book that guides family members and significant others who are trying to understand a polyamorous loved one.
THIS SEXCEPTIONAL 2 DAY WEEKEND WILL OFFER 17 CEUS
Advance skills for any Clinician, Sex Nerd or Curious Partner! Open to everyone, invite a friend!
700 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701 USA
Full Training Schedule:
Friday, March 23rd, 10am - 6pm
- Introduction to monogamish, open and poly relationships
- Therapeutic Issues in Consensual Non-Monogamy
- Resilience in Poly Families
- Legal Issues Facing Sexual and Gender Minorities
- Confronting Monogamy Bias in Psychotherapy
Saturday, March 24th, 10am - 6pm (*Sexceptional Lecture 2-6pm w/ Sex Nerd Trivia starting at 2pm*) + 6pm - 7:30pm Social Lubrication Mindful Happy Hour w/ Ted Talk Expert, Dr. Jenn!
- NonMonogamy MisMatch
- Case Studies and Panel
- 31 Flavors of Non-Monogamy
- Communication and Negotiation in CNM: Setting Boundaries
*Full weekend includes up to 17 LPC, LMFT, LCSW, & Psychologists CEUs as well as 16 AASECT CEUs, AASECT Program Approved
(This program meets the educational requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 17 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification.)
Sexceptional Lecture: 31 Flavors of Non-Monogamy with Dr. David Ley
Consensual NonMonogamy is the fastest growing relationship trend of the new millennium. Young people are embracing relationships that reject socially-mandated monogamy. Older generations which have lived nonmonogamously for decades are coming out of the closet about their lives and loves. The options are many and varied. Success in these new relationship styles requires self-awareness and personal skills. But how do you know which relationship style you’re best suited for? Which flavor of love and sex will best fit your palate, and work for your relationship? Dr. David Ley is an internationally-recognized expert on sexuality, and particularly on translating modern sexuality in a non-shaming way. In this novel, never-before-presented discussion, he explores how people can successfully and healthily navigate the growing ranges of relationship options.
Saturday, 3-6pm Sexceptional Lecture with Dr. Eli Sheff & Dr. David Ley:
“31 Flavors of Non Monogamy"
Join us as we discuss the ways in which personal characteristics, relationship characteristics, political and moral values, all lead us to "choose" one flavor or the other.
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Full Weekend Training w/ Dr. David Ley & Dr. Elisabeth Sheff
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Bonus "Social Lubrication Hour"
Open to everyone & is included in the Sexceptional Lecture ticket
- 6-7:30 PM After the Sexceptional Lecture on Saturday
-Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus, PhD:, sociologist and sexologist, frequent speaker about sexual consent, healthy relationships, erotic play, and mindful sex and presenter of two TEDx Talks.
- Build sexual communication skills while having fun and meeting like-minded folks!
-Have open conversations about sexual needs and desires can feel quite awkward, learn how to at this happy hour!
Confronting Monogamy Ideals Embedded in Psychotherapy: Some research has found that as many as 70% of licensed therapists view nonmonogamy as “unworkable” or “unrealistic.” Modern attachment theorists view Consensual Nonmonogamy (CNM) as emerging from deficient or disturbed relationships and early childhood experiences. However, CNM is becoming far more common, and unprepared therapists are encountering it in therapy far more frequently. This training helps therapists to examine their own biases about relationship, love and sex, and explores ways to address CNM in a non-judgmental, non-shaming manner.
- Participants will learn to confront and challenge their own unexamined biases about relationship styles and sexuality;
- Therapists will gain skills to be able to understand and assist different types of CNM relationships;
- Therapists will learn to help individuals and couples gain self-awareness into the personal and relational characteristics which predict disposition to different types of CNM and success therein
CNM Case Presentations: Group will explore a variety of different case presentations, offered by the presenter, and by group participants. Participants will discuss assessment, treatment and intervention techniques appropriate to different types of CNM and different couples, based on the individual and relational characteristics. Group will discuss: Swinger couples; Cuckold couples; Polyamorous couples; Polyamorous Triads/Groups; Solo Polyamorists; DADT/Open couples; other. (2 hours)
- Participants will gain exposure to different types of CNM therapy cases;
- Participants will develop case presentation and treatment formulation skills;
- Group will explore and share varied intervention and therapy techniques
Dr. Elisabeth Sheff
Dr. Elisabeth “Eli” Sheff is the foremost academic expert on polyamorous families with children. With a PhD in Sociology, Dr. Sheff specializes in gender and sexual minority families, consensual non-monogamy, and kink/BDSM. Sheff’s written 3 books, The Polyamorists Next Door (2014), Stories from the Polycule (2015) and When Someone You Love is Polyamorous (2016) explore decades of research and stories from polyamorous people. Dr. Sheff is currently in her fourth wave of data collection for her 20+ year study of polyamorous families with children.
- Elisabeth “Eli” Sheff, PhD, CSE
- Expert Witness, Coach, & Speaker
- Based in Chattanooga, TN
- Skype: drelisheff
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Twitter: @DrEliSheff
Dr. David Ley
Dr. David J. Ley is an internationally-recognized expert on issues related to sexuality, pornography and mental health. He has appeared on television with Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, Dr. Phil and others. He has been interviewed in publications ranging from the LA Times and the London Telegraph, to Playboy and Hustler magazines. Dr. Ley has published extensively in both the academic and “pop” realms of literature. His latest book, His new book Ethical Porn for Dicks, A Man's Guide to Responsible Viewing Pleasure has endorsements from Dan Savage and Pornhub.com and is a humorous and provocative handbook for men who want to think more comprehensively about porn. The Myth of Sex Addiction (2012) and Insatiable Wives (2009) were revolutionary explorations of sexual issues which blended a powerful client-centered narrative with a rich understanding of psychology, biology and sociology. At the same time, he is Executive Director of a large behavioral health and substance abuse outpatient program, and consults across the country on both mental health and sexuality-related issues. As a result, Dr. Ley is able to bring a broad, practical approach to help mental health clinicians effectively address sexuality-related issues.
Jennifer Gunsaullus, PhD, sociologist and sex coach, is a frequent speaker about couples intimacy, sexual consent, healthy relationships, erotic play, and mindful sex. She has presented two TEDx Talks, is a writer on sex and relationships, and a recurring intimacy expert on the morning news. She is one of the founders of Sex Positive San Diego and the creator of World Sexual Health Day—San Diego. Dr. Jenn has over 1.4 million hits on her In the Den with Dr. Jenn YouTube video series, and is an expert in the documentary on masturbation, called Sticky: A (Self) Love Story. In addition, as a martial arts practitioner, she was recently promoted to black belt in Korean karate -- so watch out for this badass doctor!
Monogamish was originally coined by Dan Savage in 2011 to describe couples that are not totally monogamous. There is a recent documentary on the topic with Esther Perel, Dan Savage and Christopher Ryan that'll be out soon.