Advanced Sexual & Relational Diversity On-Demand Continuing Education Course for therapists, counselors, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists

On-Demand: Advanced Topics in Sexual & Relational Diversity: Clinical Competence and Increasing Access for Marginalized Populations - 4 CEUs

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  • CE Hours Included: 4 Core (please see below for CE details)
  • Format: On-Demand Webinar (“Asynchronous”) ~ At your leisure to be viewed at your own pace. You may pause, rewind, and fast forward at any point during the videos. You are in complete control of how you view this workshop. It also comes with a PowerPoint and references. There is a quiz at the end to ensure viewing and required by all CE approval organizations.
  • Investment: $109 (provides lifetime access!)
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  • Presented by: Rachel Anne Kieran, Psy.D. (see bio below)
  • Instruction Level: Advanced
  • Target Audience: Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Psychotherapists, Other Mental Health Professionals
  • Prerequisite: Background knowledge on this topic or Dr. Kieran's Sexual, Gender, & Relational Diversity: Understanding Marginalized Populations introductory workshop (previously taken live or on-demand here)

Learning Objectives:

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Identify common concerns of sexually marginalized clients when meeting with mental health providers.
  • Identify techniques for indicating sex-positive and affirming spaces for marginalized populations in physical locations and online modalities.
  • Describe calls to action from APA guidelines relevant to practice with sexually marginalized populations.
  • Discuss techniques for addressing consent concerns with sexually marginalized populations.
  • Assess your own level of “kink-phobia” and “poly-phobia” and how this may enter the room and impact clients.

Workshop Description:

Consensual non-monogamy and consensual power exchange in relationships, as well as a broad diversity in sexual desire and behaviors, are more common than most clinicians understand, and a multitude of pathologizing assumptions continue to exist in this area of human life. 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 program is designed to build upon basic knowledge of the breadth of sexual and relational diversity, as well as other intersecting identities (please see Dr. Kieran’s Introductory Workshop with TKT). The session delves into findings on best practices in clinical work with these populations, as well as how to address the impact of minority stress. We will explore how opportunities to build rapport and client resilience (or fail to) exist at every moment of our interaction with clients, from their contact with our websites and office spaces to addressing specific personal and relational concerns. We will also spend time in exploration of the important role of therapist self-awareness in creating the facilitative conditions needed for this and all our clinical work.

Workshop Schedule:

  1. Let’s Get Together – introductions and creating a shared working definition – 15 mins
  2. Let’s Put the A in Sex (and the B, and the D…S…M) – 45 minutes
    1. Understanding sexual and relational diversity – what the science suggests
    2. Depathologizing and the DSM
  3. What’s Ethics Got to Do With It? – 1 hour
    1. What is “ethical nonmonogamy,” polyamory etc?
    2. What is “competence” in this area
    3. Examples of working with assumptions
  4. Let’s Talk About Sex (in the therapy room) – 1 hour
    1. What is a consensual power exchange, and is it even/always about sex?
    2. Common concerns
    3. Recognizing and addressing microaggressions
    4. Creating affirming therapeutic spaces & relationships
  5. What’s So Funny ‘Bout Sex Love & Understanding? – 45 minutes
    1. Examining shared values across diverse identities and professions
    2. Identifying best practices in working with sexually marginalized populations
  6. I Want Your… Questions – 15 minutes

Presented by: Rachel Anne Kieran, Psy.D.

A graduate of Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida with Bachelors degrees in History and Psychology, I received my Masters and Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver. Prior to opening a private practice, I worked for Regis University in Denver and Georgia State University in Atlanta - providing clinical services for students in both positions.
In 2007 I opened a private practice, now known as StorieBrook Therapy & Consulting. The mission of this practice is to provide a range of services specializing in sexual, gender & relational diversity, recognizing that this is an expansive category, intersecting with all other identities and requiring deliberate opportunities for access, cultural humility on the part of providers, and bespoke collaboration with clients to meet their unique needs. Our practice values include access, anti-racism, body liberation, collaboration, cultural humility, public & professional education, inclusion & affirmation, social justice, and trauma informed care.
In addition to running this practice, I teach in the Department of Psychological Science at Kennesaw State University, and frequently provide continuing education workshops for other mental health professionals, particularly in the areas of sexual, gender and relational diversity, locally and nationally. I am also a leader, and Past-President, of the Georgia Psychological Association, and a current campaign chair of the APA Division 44 Committee on Consensual Non-Monogamy.

What people are saying about this workshop:

  • "Dr. Kieran is an excellent presenter. She provides information in a clear and concise manner. Her examples are excellent. I appreciate being able to view the video in advance, have the opportunity to download her PowerPoint presentation, and her offer to be a resource should questions arise in the future." - MMT, Psychologist
  • "10/10! Rachel is a skilled and thorough presenter. The handouts are spectacular. Attendee engagement and participation was excellent. I honestly cannot think of a single thing to change or improve upon." - AWE, LPC
  • "Knowledgeable, open, kind, respectful. Fantastic workshop!" - TK, LPC

4 "Asynchronous" Core CE Clock Hours Included - Details by License Type Below:

  • PSYCHOLOGISTS: The Knowledge Tree (TKT) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For more detailed information on the current CE ruling in Georgia, or if you are licensed in another state or country, please click here.
  • COUNSELORS: The Knowledge Tree has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP), ACEP No. 7153. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Knowledge Tree is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Please click here for more detailed information.
    • Counselors Licensed in Canada: This workshop is approved for 4 credit hours through the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), event code: 64966987.

  • SOCIAL WORKERS: This workshop is approved for 4 core CE hours through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work (GSCSW), approval #011024. If you are licensed in another state or country, please click here for more detailed information.
  • MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS: This workshop is approved for 4 core CE hours through the Georgia Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (GAMFT), approval #006-2024. If you are licensed in another state or country, please click here for more detailed information.

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