Sexually Marginalized Clients Ethics CE Course for Therapists, counselors, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists

Ethical Considerations with Sexually Marginalized Clients - 3 CEUs

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When and Where:

  • Date: Friday, July 19, 2024
  • Time: 1:00pm - 4:15pm Eastern Time
  • CE Hours Included: 3 Ethics or Core (please see below for CE details)
  • Location: Live Interactive Webinar (“Synchronous”) on Zoom
  • Investment: $87 before Friday, July 5th at 5:00pm Eastern Time, $97 after
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  • Presented by: Rachel Anne Kieran, Psy.D. (see bio below)
  • Instruction Level: Intermediate
  • Target Audience: Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Psychotherapists, Other Mental Health Professionals
  • Workshop Recording: A recording of this workshop is available to review for 60 days after the presentation. However, participants must attend live to receive the "Synchronous" CE Certificate.

Educational Objectives:

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Describe sexual and relational diversity as alternatives to heterocentric, monocentric and gender binary stereotypes promulgated by many social norms.
  • Discuss strategies for investigating the nature of power differentials in relationships - both inherent and negotiated – and how these may be helpful or harmful in therapy.
  • Identify strategies for reducing stigma on demographic forms, and how this is related to ethical responsibilities for autonomy and respect.
  • Describe calls to action from APA guidelines relevant to practice with sexually marginalized populations
  • Identify ethical principles and standards relevant to practice with sexually marginalized populations
  • Discuss techniques for addressing consent concerns with sexually marginalized populations
  • Examine ideas for safety planning (and responding to duty to protect) with sexually marginalized populations
  • Identify techniques for indicating sex positive and affirming spaces for marginalized populations in physical locations and online modalities.

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 misunderstandings and pathologizing assumptions continue to exist in this area of human life.This is in spite of revisions to the DSM-5 that significantly depathologized consensual power exchange; specific calls for psychologists to address this stigma in APA-issued Guidelines, and research suggesting that consensually non-monogamous relationship are on the rise and associated with positive psychological outcomes.Despite this, therapist behavior continues to negatively impact clients and endanger our aspirational goals of nonmaleficence, autonomy, justice and respect.
This program is designed to examine best practices in working with clients’ diverse sexual lives from an ethical lens and relevant Statutes. The session will examine the role of informed therapeutic consent in discussing relationship consent with clients, the meaning of cultural competence in the areas of sexual and relational diversity, the impact of therapist paperwork on rapport and autonomy, and questions of access and mental healthcare equity for sexually marginalized populations.


  • Introductions and creating a shared working definition
  • AltSex 101: The State of the Science – 30 minutes
    • Understanding sexual and relational diversity – what the science suggests
    • Depathologizing and the DSM
    • Relevant recent developments – 2021 Guidelines
  • What’s Ethics Got to Do With It? – 45 mins
    • Digging into ethical principles and codes
    • What is “competence” in this area
    • Examples, working with assumptions
      • Dual relationships – how kink and rural psychology are the same!
      • When does “do no harm” mean bruises are okay?
      • How much is enough sex? – sexual “dysfunctions” vs. asexuality
  • Consent – it’s for everything! – 45 mins (addresses Ethics code as well as Statutes)
    • Informed consent in sex (and therapy)
    • Re-assessing consent and safety
    • Responding to breaches of consent/safety concerns
  • What does your paperwork say about your practice? – 30 minutes
    • Creating access and equity in demographic forms
    • Recognizing and addressing microaggressions
    • Creating affirming therapeutic spaces & relationships

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.

Agenda (Eastern Time):

  • 12:30pm - 1:00pm | Sign-In and Welcome
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm | Session
  • 2:30pm - 2:45pm | Break
  • 2:45pm - 4:15pm | Session
  • 4:15pm | Continuing Education Certificates Available

What people are saying about this workshop:

  • "Love Rachel and her way of presenting. She is an exceptional speaker." - TK, Psychologist
  • "Dr. Kieran was interesting, engaging and informative. Excellent job." - JJP, Psychologist
  • "The presenter was very knowledgeable and engaging. I really enjoyed presentation and gained skills to implement in my practice." - MBC, LPC
  • "Presenter was very knowledgable, accessible and personal. I enjoyed that!" - MD, LCSW

3 Ethics or Core CE Clock Hours Included - Details by License Type Below:

  • PSYCHOLOGISTS: The Knowledge Tree is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Knowledge Tree 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 Georgia: Although approval through the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA) is not required for CE credit since all our courses are NBCC-approved, this workshop is also approved for 3 Ethics or Core CE hours through LPCA-GA, approval #2024-05-24-4059LW.
    • Counselors licensed in another state: Please click here for more detailed information.
    • Counselors Licensed in Canada: This workshop is approved for 3 credit hours through the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), event code: 64968508.

  • SOCIAL WORKERS: This workshop is approved for 3 Ethics hours through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work (GSCSW), approval #050523. If you are licensed in another state or country, please click here for more detailed information.
  • MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS: This workshop is approved for Ethics Hours for Marriage and Family Therapists via GSCSW through reciprocal agreement with the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage & Family Therapists. If you are licensed in another state or country, please click here for more detailed information.

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