Jennifer Schwartz is a licensed clinical social worker, and has worked as a therapist specializing in serving the LGBTQ community, and specifically PLWHA, for the past four years. Additionally, Jennifer is a speaker, group facilitator, educator, and advocate for the polyamorus, LGBTQ, and body-positive communities. Jennifer received her MSW from University of Michigan, and her BSW from the University of Michigan-Flint, where she tailored her educational experiences toward sexual health education and sex therapy. Jennifer believes that Black Lives Matter. Amy Jacobs, LMSW currently works at the University of Michigan’s HIV/AIDS Treatment Program in Ann Arbor, MI. She has worked as an HIV Social Worker since 2004 and at UMHS since 2010. Amy provides medical social work, adjustment counseling, and individual and group therapy with HIV-positive individuals and their family members. Amy has been interested in Consensually Non-Monogamous relationships for the past 8 years. She has provided therapy to people in CNM relationships and has presented on the topic at the University of Michigan, and both local and national conferences and events.
Presentation: Cultural Competency with Consensually Non-Monogamous Clients
Time: Breakout Session 2
While there are few large scale studies of Consensually Non-Monogamous individuals, which include our clients in “open relationships” or those who identify as polyamorous, existing research indicates that a greater prevalence of CNM relationships exist within the LGBTQ community. A 2007 study found that up to 2/3 of long term gay male relationships had some degree of consensual non-monogamy, and, while not all bisexual and pansexual people identify as non-monogamous, CNM is an option for our clients who are navigating relationships with a variety of attractionalities and sexual orientations. Like the LGBTQ community at large, CNM individuals and families experience many disparities, but particularly rejection and discrimination from healthcare providers and other professionals. This presentation will assist clinicians and other helping professionals in better serving the CNM community, including addressing barriers to service, and ensuring that your organization or practice is a welcoming space.
1. Learn how to speak to and about consensually non-monogamous people in a culturally sensitive way.
2. Identify barriers and resiliencies inherent in consensually non-monogamous communities, in order to improve client outcomes.
3. Learn how to make your practice welcoming to consensually non-monogamous individuals and their families.