Affirming Care Basics for Polyamorous and Non-Monogamous Clients



Affirming Care Basics for Polyamorous and Non-Monogamous Clients

Tuesday, June 4th, 2024

9:00am to 12:00pm ET


Presenter: Myranda/Rand Warden, LSW 

NASW-NYS Members: $30

NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC): $60

Non-Members: $75

NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Members: FREE

This workshop is approved for 3.0 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed psychologists

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Workshop Description
This training will provide social workers and mental health professionals with the basics of providing affirming care to polyamorous and non-monogamous (polyam/ENM) clients. Starting with a foundation of cultural humility, the course will provide the opportunity for participants to explore their own values around relationships, sexual orientations, sexual behavior, relationship formations, and family formations. Reflecting on the variety of relational values clinicians hold demonstrates the beginning of the process of becoming culturally humble social workers for these highly marginalized clients. In addition, the presenter will discuss the forms of systemic oppression polyam/ENM folks endure as well as the social determinants of health associated with this group. The course will also feature a panel of polyam/ENM individuals speaking about what they need from a therapeutic relationship with a social worker, providing clinicians with immediate action items to apply to their practice.


Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

1.    Utilize cultural humility in working with polyamorous and ethical non-monogamous individuals. 
2.    Identify ways in which polyamorous and ethical non-monogamous individuals are oppressed.
3.    Incorporate polyamorous and ethical non-monogamous perspectives into improving their practice for these individuals.

This workshop is approved for 3.0 continuing education credit hours.

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), licensed marriage and family therapists (Provider ID #MFT-0037) and licensed psychologists (Provider ID #PSY-0088).

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Myranda/Rand Warden, MSW, LSW. Rand (all pronouns interchangeably) is a therapist, peer support specialist, and group facilitator working with Queer and Trans people at Connected in Community.  Rand has been working with and among the LGBTQIA+ community for over 15 years in a variety of roles. Inside the LGBTQIA+ community, Myranda works most frequently with trans folx as well as with individuals in polyamorous and/or ethically non-monogamous relationship structures and families. Their work focuses on mutual aid as a framework for liberating social work education and practice with and after licensure. Throughout and beyond their career, Myranda remains deeply invested in group development for human development. Rand’s background also includes case management, mental health assessment, and psychiatric inpatient social work.  Myranda is a proud Hoosier born and raised in Indianapolis. He received his BA and MSW at IUPUI and currently serves as a full-time lecturer at IU School of Social Work and the lead faculty of the groups curriculum.   


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June 4th, 2024 from  9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $30.00
NASW Other Chapter Member (Including NYC) $60.00
Non-Member $75.00
NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Member $0.00