Differently Relating: Understanding Polyamory through Attachment Theory

Ali Kimmell, LCSW & David F Khalili, LMFT

Saturday, September 29, 2018, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Registration starts at 8:30 am.

Differently Relating: Understanding Polyamory through Attachment Theory

Holding a nuanced, affirming and non-judgmental space is central to helping clients who are in non-traditional relationship structures. In this course we will explore how our biases and theoretical orientations may inform our work, and apply Attachment Theory to our understanding of polyamory. A didactic portion will help create a baseline understanding of working with non-monogamous clients. Using case examples, we will discuss attachment and psychodynamic theory, and address how these paradigms influence the ways we work with our client's relationship patterns. Some of the questions we may consider are: What are unique issues that non-monogamous clients face? Is polyamory at odds with secure attachment? How can open relationships intersect with patterns of avoidance or deepening of intimacy? Does our theoretical training suggest there is one model of relating that should fit all “healthy” people?

This course is geared toward clinicians from all levels of experience who encounter the issues of polyamory in their clinical work.

Ali Kimmell, LCSW, has a private practice in Oakland where she sees individuals, couples, and groups and is co-founder of Living Improv: Improv Therapy Groups. She is a graduate of TPI’s post graduate training program and Smith College School for Social Work. Ali practices from a relational psychoanalytic lens and integrates social justice and somatic awareness into her work. She particularly enjoys working with non-traditional relationships, sociocultural identity, and people seeking greater emotional connection to themselves and others.

David Khalili

David F Khalili, LMFT, is a private practice therapist in Oakland where he works with individuals and couples on issues around grief, sex, and anger. Prior to starting his studies in psychology, he completed a Master's degree in Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University, where his thesis focused on sexual silence among Middle Eastern Queer individuals. He is interested in working with individuals who live within the margins of society, as well as exploring how identities intersect and how they relate to one’s lived experience.

Date & Time: Saturday, September 29, 2018, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Registration starts at 8:30 am.

Location: TPI, 2232 Carleton St., Berkeley, CA 94704 (get map and directions)

 Fee if Registration Completed: by 9/13/18 after 9/13/18
Member Licensed >3 years $92 $112
Member Licensed <3 years $80 $100
Member Prelicensed Students/Interns $72 $92
Nonmember Licensed >3 years $112 $132
Nonmember Licensed <3 years $100 $120
Nonmember Prelicensed Students/Interns $87 $107

CE: 4 Credits. $10 additional fee for CE credits. The Psychotherapy Institute is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists, LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs (provider number PSY005). The Psychotherapy Institute maintains responsibility for these programs and their content (see Course Policies).