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CE Workshop: A Primer on Sexual & Relational Diversity
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When: Friday, November 15, 2019
Where: GPA Office
13 Corporate Blvd. NE
Suite 220
Atlanta, Georgia  30329
United States
Presenter: Rachel Anne Kieran, PsyD
Contact: Hannah Steinberg, Marketing Specialist and Administrator

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Workshop Title: A Primer on Sexual & Relational Diversity

Workshop Description: 

“Polyamory” and “kink” have increasingly become umbrella terms used to describe relationships including intimacy (sexual and otherwise) outside of on primary relationship, and outside of historical norms of sexual behavior.  It is clear that consensual non-monogamy and consensual power exchange are more common than most clinicians understand, however amultitude of misunderstandings and pathologizing assumptions continue to exist regarding these behaviors.  This is in spite of recent revisions to the DSM-5 that significantly depathologized consensual power exchange, and research suggesting that non-monogamous relationship are on the rise; and associated with positive psychological outcomes. 

As responsible clinicians, we must challenge ourselves to confront our own values and stereotypes around sexual and relational diversity, becoming increasingly aware of the judgments we bring into the room.  This program will attempt to share some of the collected findings regarding polyamory and non-monogamy, including a review of how these terms and types of relationships are often understood by their participants.  This session will also introduce concepts related to consensual power exchange and discuss techniques for assessing the distinction between this and intimate partner violence in the clinical setting.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe sexual and relational diversity as alternatives to heterocentric, monocentric and sexual stereotypes promulgated by many social norms.
  2. Identify polyamories as one of a client’s multiple identities, in the spectrum of sexual and relational identities.
  3. Participants will be able to explain the distinction between BDSM (bondage/discipline, Dominance/submission, sadism/masochism) and IPV (intimate partner violence).
  4. Participants will assess their own level of “poly-phobia” and “kink-phobia”, how this may enter the room, and how this may impact their ability to effectively advocate for clients.

      CE Hours: 3 

      Level: Introductory

      About the Presenter:

      Dr. Rachel Kieran is a licensed psychologist in private practice in the Atlanta area providing individual and couples counseling/psychotherapy as well as assessment services. Licensed in the state of Georgia, Dr. Kieran has been providing therapy services for over fifteen years and has been in private practice for ten. Dr. Kieran’s practice is open and accepting to all, and has a particular emphasis on the importance of multiple identities in the lives of clients. This includes sexual, relational and gender diversity including affectional identity orientation, queer theory, BDSM, kink, transgender issues, polyamory, and other non-monogamies. Dr. Kieran is also currently serving on the APA Division 44 Task Force on Consensual Non-Monogamy.  For more information on her practice, visit her website at 

      In addition to clinical work in private practice, Dr. Kieran is a faculty member at Kennesaw State University. Currently serving as the secretary of the Georgia Psychological Association, she has been a member of GPA’s Board of Directors, serving on multiple committees for the past 8 years. Dr. Kieran has presented at local and national conferences on topics related to sexual, gender, and relational diversity. She also provides consultation services to local universities regarding issues of sexual and gender diversity.



      Registration Costs (per workshop): 

      Early Bird Registration (Must be postmarked on or before November 1, 2019 to receive this rate.)

      • $70: GPA Members
      • $105: Non-members
      • $20: *GPA Student Members

      Registration (After November 1, 2019)

      • $80: GPA Members
      • $115: Non-members
      • $30: *GPA Student Members

      Must be logged into member profile to receive member rate.

      *If a GPA Student Member needs continuing education credits, he/she will need to pay the higher GPA Member fee regardless of status as a student.

      Cancellation Policy:
      All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Hannah Steinberg via email ( A $35 cancellation fee will be charged for any cancellations prior to November 8, 2019. No refunds will be given after November 8, 2019.

      The Georgia Psychological Association is proud to sponsor and support a wide variety of workshops throughout the year as an APA approved sponsor of Continuing Education.