Historically, consensual nonmonogamous partnerships [CNM] have not been accurately represented; nor, viewed as a viable relational dynamic. As a practitioner, who serves nonmonogamous communities, it is not unusual for me to receive feedback from clients who feel misunderstood and mistreated by previous therapists.  In 2015, this feedback fueled my colleague and I to have a one-day workshop educating local practitioners about CNM partnerships. We hoped to shift the narrative from being culturally competent to culturally humble in practice. From this, PolyDallas Millennium was founded.
 
In this presentation, we will pick up where that conversation left off. Over the last 5 years, through experiences and independent study, I have found that a specific theoretical lens has more impact working with queer, transgender, and nonbinary black and brown folk in CNM partnerships. I have witnessed an amazing shift in perspectives within the clinical community. PolyDallas Millennium manifested because of a desire to educate other mental health professionals about CNM. We have a mission to center those voices that are underrepresented and underserved within society. During these times, more than ever, we must have knowledge of best practices in times of crisis, not only for the client but for the helping professional. Through a social justice lens, we explore paradigms, theories, and modalities in practice through case studies. With our current socio-political environment, it is mental health professionals practice lifelong learning for the client that is life-altering times. 

Manifestation is a process that can be learned. Often, we think of manifestation work as creating mantras and affirmations. That form of manifestation is powerful. However, there are powerful ways of manifesting our wants and needs that do not need to be translated to and through written language.

Manifestation Artmaking is a process. It has four basic steps: 

  1. Activating and connecting to our unconscious and/or metaphysical self.

  2.  Portraying our unconscious echoes of wants/needs through art.

  3. Analyzing the results of our intuitive process.

  4. Creating tangible meaning from the entire experience 

 

In this class you will have the opportunity to be taken through the entire process with the outcome being two different art objects to take with you. The first art object will be a 2-dimensonal piece (either sketching, watercolors, or collage.) The second piece you will create to your specifications though a 3-dimensional piece is encouraged.

What does white supremacy have to do with creating diverse and inclusive communities? Everything! Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) often feel excluded or tokenized in sex-positive communities. Whether you are a community member or leader, it's up to you to work against white supremacy and create spaces that feel welcoming to everyone. Think you've heard it all before? We'll go beyond the basics to talk about how you can be a more effective ally through authentic relationships and community activism. Come prepared for discussions and real-time practice addressing triggers and defensiveness.

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