Pro Bono Counseling Project
2021 Professional Continuing Education Online Webinar
Ethical Non-Monogamy from a Non-Pathologizing Lens
Monday, October 25, 2021, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Online Workshop – Two (2) CE Credits
FREE for Active PBCP Volunteer Clinicians
Featured Presenters: Michael Marquez, PsyD, and Nikki Falay, LGMFT
Course Description: In this workshop, two clinicians with lived experience in ethical non monogamy will introduce participants to concepts and language around ethical non monogamy, as well as discuss clinical application. There will be discussion of intersecting communities such as the Queer and Kink communities. The workshop will aim to increase a curious and accepting stance in approaching work with ethically non monogamous clients.
At the end of this presentation, the participant will:
• Explain the difference between relationship structures and use the language surrounding them accurately;
• Identify systemic and structural barriers in navigating non monogamous relationships;
• Demonstrate increased competency in working with ethically non monogamous clients;
• Define the concept of mononormativity and identify several ways in which it can manifest.
Dr. Michael Marquez is a licensed psychologist and co-owner of Bmore Liberated, a group practice of queer-identified therapists whose passion lies in providing affirming care for marginalized communities. Michael specializes in working with queer and trans folks of color, sex workers, Spanish speakers, and people practicing ethical non-monogamy. He has experience providing outreach and consultation with several organizations and clinics, with a focus on addressing systemic barriers and how they impact clients. Michael holds a Psy.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Nikki Falay, LGMFT is a relationship therapist and co-owner of Bmore Liberated, a group of queer identified therapists who work from an understanding of oppressive systems and how those systems affect their marginalized clients. Nikki works primarily with ethically non-monogamous, queer and trans clients of color, and is a polyamorous, queer and kinky cis woman herself. After emigrating from Istanbul, Turkey, Nikki obtained an MS in Couple and Family Therapy from University of Maryland and subsequently served in various roles in multiple mental health focused settings such as agencies, research programs, and private practice.
Workshop registrants will receive a code prior to the webinar to log on to Zoom and participate in the online session.