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  • March 11, 2023
    9:30 am - 12:00 pm


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United States
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Beyond Couples Therapy: Polyamory & The Developmental Model

A Zoom presentation on

March 11, 2023

Last day for registration is 03/10/2023, at 12 Noon

After you register, a link will be sent to you by our Zoom host Dean Bender prior to the presentation.

Sponsored by PATH
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Description of Presentation:
The content of this course includes research based clinical interventions. The clinical approach described in this course is directly targeted to addressing the individual and relational mental health needs of a marginalized community. The course relies on Polyamory: A clinical toolkit for therapists (and their clients) by Martha Kauppi. The course provides clinicians with concrete tools based in the developmental model of couples therapy (by Ellyn Bader & Peter Pearson).

About the Presenter:
I (Jimmy Bridges he/they) am a licensed couple and family therapist in Massachusetts, a certified family life educator through NCFR, AAMFT approved supervisor and clinical fellow, and a part-time faculty member at National University in the MFT masters and doctoral programs. I teach the Couples and Sex therapy course, along with the practicum and internship courses for students in their clinical year. I received my doctoral and master’s degrees in Couple and Family Therapy from Kansas State University. I also received two graduate certificates in Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies and Social Justice Education from Kansas State University. I received extensive training and supervision in couples therapy in my graduate program. I was later trained in the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy at the Couples Center of the Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts. I also received additional training in this model from Ellyn Bader (The Couples Institute), and training in using the model for polyamorous clients from Martha Kauppi (The Institute for Relational Intimacy). My main clinical specialization is working with queer and non-monogamous relationship structures. I provide nation-wide coaching for folks navigating polyamory and opening-up their relationship into non-monogamy. I also provide trainings and case consultations on utilizing the developmental model when working with alternative relationship structures.

Educational Goals:

  • Understand research and concepts related to non-monogamy, specifically addressing key terms, misconceptions, and stigma
  • Understand key tasks in therapy when working with non-monogamous client systems.
  • Learn how to conceptualize and intervene with polyamorous client systems using the developmental model of couple’s therapy

Measurable Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to determine who should be included initially in treatment when you begin to work with a non-monogamous client system
  • Be able to find resources for 2 of the main theoretical approaches used with non-monogamous clients from a systemic perspective
  • Learn 3 key interventions used within the Developmental Model of Couples therapy for polyamorous clients

Course Training Level:
This is appropriate for all levels.

Award of Course Completion Certificates:
Upon completion of course, attendees will receive a Certificate for 2 CEUs or a Certificate for 2 Attendance Hours after completing a course evaluation.


Member of any CAMFT Chapter
Licensed:   $25
Pre-licensed:    $15

Not a member of any CAMFT Chapter
Licensed:   $35
Pre-licensed:    $15

Refund Policy:
Registration closes on Friday March 10, 2023 at 12:00 Noon. Refunds may be provided prior to the close of registration, minus a $5 registration refund fee. No refunds are available after the close of registration. No partial credit is given for arriving late or leaving early.

Accommodation for disability and for addressing grievances:
Contact Cicily Baird (916) 546-8036 or email at therapybycicily@gmail.com.

Sierra Foothills CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, and LEP as well as non-licensed AMFT, ASW, APCC, graduate students and trainees. Provider number is 97723. This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, and LEP as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

All Sierra Foothills Chapter members are welcome to join the ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING 3/11/2023 @ 8:30 am VIA ZOOM.
Please let us know if you plan to attend by emailing Cicily Baird at therapybycicily@gmail.com so a link can be sent to you.