OCTOBER TOPIC: Safety and Care in Polyamorous Relationships

OCTOBER TOPIC: Safety and Care in Polyamorous Relationships

Dates: October 4, 2019
Times: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Safety and Care in Polyamorous Relationships:
Do you feel safe and cared for in your poly relationship(s)? Do you make your partner(s) feel safe and cared for? Polyamory creates all sorts of unique challenges when it comes to safety and care.

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SEPTEMBER TOPIC: Open Seat

Dates: Saturday, September 7, 2019
Times: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Open Seat: From time to time we like to open the floor to whatever is on your mind, whatever you’d like to bring to the group. Sometimes when there is an open seat, a topic arises from the group. If your topic hasn’t been represented thus far, now might be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. See you in September!

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SWSG August Topic: Being Seen & Heard

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Dates: Monday, August 26, 2019
Times: 6:30-8:00 pm

There is something deeply human in wanting to be seen and heard. Unfortunately for sex workers, stigma and questions of safety can make it hard to find spaces to openly share experiences and feelings. This August’s group is holding space to talk about our different experiences, sharing our stories and experiences with each other. This group will continue building on themes of validation, boundaries, and self-care.

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AUGUST TOPIC: Mono/Poly Partnering

Dates: Saturday, August 3, 2019
Times: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Over the past dozen years or so I have encountered many folks who are trying their best to stay afloat on the often rocky boat of poly/mono relationships.

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SWSG July Topic: Boundaries in Sex Work

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Dates: Saturday, July 29, 2019
Times: 6:30-8:00 pm

As in many relationships and professions, boundaries are an important and complicated issue in sex work. In our group in July, we will continue to explore boundaries with long term clients, how emotional labor plays into boundaries, and negotiating boundaries.

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JULY TOPIC: Sharing & Shame

Dates: Saturday, July 6, 2019
Times: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

In last month’s poly support group there was a request to continue discussing the topic of sharing. I thought we might add shame to the conversation as it can be the painful result when things don’t go well.

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SWSG June Topic: Navigating Sex Work Stigma

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Dates: Saturday, June 24, 2019
Times: 6:30-8:00 pm

Stigma around sex work can make it difficult for workers to know when and where it is safe to come out. This month we continue our discussion of how to navigate stigma and where it feels safe to be out. We will look at how people navigate stigma, with partners, family, and institutions, reflecting on how this relates to overall themes of stress, community, and self care.

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JUNE TOPIC: Sharing

Dates: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Times: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Often over the years of practicing as a psychotherapist I’ve heard a lament about “sharing” one’s partner with another person(s). The source of much consternation, pain, worry and sometimes even joy! this topic surfaces frequently. When my children were little, I did not encourage them to share their stuff. My belief was that if they had something long enough, like a toy, a stuffed animal etc., they’d be more apt to share it when they’d had it for as long as they’d wanted it. Sometimes they did, other times not. Does this idea map on to human relationships?

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SWSG May Topic: Sex Work Stigma

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Dates: Saturday, May 20, 2019
Times: 6:30-8:00 pm

As we come up on 1 year since SESTA/FOSTA was signed into law, the April Sex Worker Support Group will continue our discussion of the ways laws, policing, and social perception impact sex workers. We will reflect on safety and self care, while discussing how sex workers have adapted to legal changes and challenges. **As a reminder, there are 5 Mondays in April this year, meaning the group will be meeting on 4/29, the 5th and last Monday of the month.**

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MAY TOPIC: The Importance of Community for Well Being

Dates: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Times: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

I just watched a documentary regarding stress and its impact on our well being. The executive producer, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, is a neurosurgeon and medical contributor for CNN. According to the documentary, empirical evidence points to the importance of social contact and community to well being. Perhaps in May, in addition to discussing our difficulties, we can also reflect on how polyamory enriches us and our connections to others, our sense of belonging, and well-being.

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SWSG April Topic: laws, policies, and policing series

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Dates: Saturday, April 29, 2019
Times: 6:30-8:00 pm

As we come up on 1 year since SESTA/FOSTA was signed into law, the April Sex Worker Support Group will continue our discussion of the ways laws, policing, and social perception impact sex workers. We will reflect on safety and self care, while discussing how sex workers have adapted to legal changes and challenges. **As a reminder, there are 5 Mondays in April this year, meaning the group will be meeting on 4/29, the 5th and last Monday of the month.**

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APRIL TOPIC: Wandering in a Non-Monogomous Land

Dates: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Times: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

For some of us the hi dream of polyamory is filled with multiple loving relationships, the potential for extended family, joy and fulfillment. On the other side is the lo dream where this potential is wrought with intense jealousy, feelings of being left out, isolation, and the fear and/or the reality of being replaced by new emotional attachments.

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SWSG March Topic: laws, policies, and policing

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Dates: Saturday, March 25, 2019
Times: 6:30-8:00 pm

Both here in Chicago and beyond, sex workers face unique challenges with shifting laws, policies, and policing. At our March meeting we will discuss work in the context of police and social control.

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MARCH TOPIC: The Hi and Lo Dreams of Polyamory

Dates: Saturday, March 2, 2019
Times: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

For some of us the hi dream of polyamory is filled with multiple loving relationships, the potential for extended family, joy and fulfillment. On the other side is the lo dream where this potential is wrought with intense jealousy, feelings of being left out, isolation, and the fear and/or the reality of being replaced by new emotional attachments.

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SWSG February Topic: Self Care Series

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Dates: Saturday, February 25, 2019
Times: 6:30-8:00 pm

Self care is an important practice for anyone trying to set up a sustainable work-life balance. The emotional labor and social stigma of sex work, among other challenges, make a regular self care practice all the more important for sex workers.

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FEBRUARY TOPIC: Internalized Negative Messages

Dates: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Times: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Toward the end of the January poly support group, several folks spoke of, and were in touch with the pain of negative messages that they’d received as children by church leaders, by family, by community. The reverberation of these early life messages may persist as internal expectations, barriers, beliefs and self-criticisms we currently tell ourselves. In our February session, we take time to think about, explore, and share experiences of significant messages that you’ve internalized about self, sexuality, relationships.

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SWSG January Topic: Journaling and self-reflection

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Dates: Saturday, January 28, 2019
Times: 6:30-8:00 pm

During this support group we will take the time to focus on self reflection through the process of journaling. This practice can improve stress coping and reduce anxiety. For those who want journals, we have some donated by the Chicago Books for Women in Prison which we will give out.

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JANUARY TOPIC: The Endeavor to Love Outside of Mainstream Relationship Constraints

Dates: This event has concluded.
Times: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Some of you may be just beginning to explore polyamory, others may have been on this journey for decades, while most somewhere in between. 
Wherever you are, I imagine that the endeavor to color outside the lines may be challenging in a multitude of ways, the ways in which you were raised to be. How’s it going? Let’s get together to discuss, for support.

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DECEMBER TOPIC: Open Seat & Celebration

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Dates: December 8, 2018
Times: 10 am - 11:45 am

Hello everyone! This is an invitation to any and all who have been to the Polyamory Support group to come kick off the 10th Anniversary of this amazing community! Part of me just wants to celebrate and I know that it is a very difficult time for many of us who identify as marginalized. We are being called out in, oh, so many ways. Please come, let’s huddle if needed, and let’s celebrate this extraordinary group of extraordinary folks.

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