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Compulsory Monogamy: A Discussion on Professional Applications of Non-Monogamy

March 17, 2023 @ 9:00 am 10:30 am

Have you noticed how our culture assumes that all relationships are monogamous? And how it pathologies those relationships and people that choose non-monogamy?

This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about how our culture promotes monogamy and shames non-monogamy, regardless of one’s sexual orientation, gender identity or race/ethnicity.

Mike Giordano, LICSW, a sex-positive therapist, will use examples from his work and interactions with others to highlight how the phenomenon of compulsory monogamy is used to subtly (and not so subtly) shame those who practice non-monogamy and/or have active sex lives. Through discussion and information-sharing, participants will explore active ways to engage with other on discussions that challenge this cultural assumption and move forward the idea of relationship choice and sexual autonomy.

Please note: The HPG workshop series is approved by the D.C. Board of Social Work for ten 1.5 hour workshops from Sept – June for a total of 15 CEUs if you attend all workshops. CEU certificates are emailed upon request in July. There is a requirement of 2 CEU credit hours or more for a certificate.

* This HPG presentation will be recorded. For those who would like to attend, but find that the time of the presentation doesn’t work with your schedule, you may signup and get the recording of the presentation afterwards.

$20 Drop-In Free | Free for HPG Members

About the presenter:

Based in Washington, DC, Michael Giordano has been a Clinical Social Worker since 1999. He earned his MSW from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and has been in private practice since 2007. While serving a wide range of clients and their concerns, his main interests are gender identity, trauma, and sex therapy. He is also passionate about training fellow therapists, particularly in topics that forward progressive thinking and social change. Mike is also an avid yogi, a recent empty nester, and an active book reader.

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