Sex and Gender Series: Ethical Non-monogamy and Poly Skills for Mono Clients


John Lyon, MSW, LICSW

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Attendees will be develop knowledge and skills to: Understand ENM cultural norms and terminology to better work directly with these clients, understand and be able to implement skills for use with these clients, and finally to be able to use these skills with individuals and couples who will benefit from advanced relationship skills

  1. Describe and detail terms related to the Ethical Non-Monogamy (ENM) Community
  2. Discuss important terms and concepts for understanding ENM
  3. Review key techniques for working with ENM clients
  4. Discuss the underpinnings of intimate relationships and develop a deeper understanding of key dynamics within these relationships
  5. Review important skills from the ENM community and how they can be used with Monogamous clients
  6. Describe terminology to understand ENM communities and discuss how this can impact client care and treatment delivery

Instructor Bios

John Lyon, MSW, LICSW
I have been involved in the world of Ethical Non-Monogamy for over a decade. I have done lots of reading, listening and know a large number of people involved in various flavors of ENM.

I specialize in the following areas: Anger management, relationship issues, Anxiety management, Depression, Complex PTSD, Consensual Non-monogamy, Attachment theory. I am client-centered, well versed in both clinician driven techniques like EMDR for PTSD, but also very good with both psycho-educational techniques for things like Anger management.  CBT is a core technique used to address problematic thinking and to help clients develop alternative coping strategies.

When I'm not at work I'm making things with metal, practicing sword fighting and mastering a whole host of skills last used hundreds of years ago.