JUNE TOPIC: Emotional Contagion

JUNE TOPIC: Emotional Contagion

Dates: June 6, 2020
Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

While worry about the corona virus abounds, many report feelings that are swinging from fear, to depression, to relief and elation about not needing to travel to workplaces, and so on. Some folks are saying that their moods are impacting one another creating shifting sands in relational dynamics.

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MAY TOPIC: Physical Contact During COVID19 Pandemic

Dates: May 2, 2020
Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

How much contact is okay or safe for polyamorous folks during these challenging times? Is sex okay? With whom? What sexual activity is okay and what isn’t? How long before I/we can bring others into our homes? These questions are on many of our minds. Let’s discuss together.

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April 4th, Let’s Talk!

Dates: April 4, 2020
Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Hello dear community. As you know, initiallywe cancelled the face to face April 4 group due to the shelter in place order and the Covid19 virus. I had a subsequent thought that we might be able to chat together online instead of our monthly Tribe gathering.

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MARCH TOPIC: What Price Relationship “Freedom?”

Dates: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Times: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

At the February meeting someone suggested the topic of rejection which I think is deserving of time and attention. I’d like to broaden it a bit to include not only those who’ve felt rejected, but also those who’ve ended or changed up relationships and the feelings that come along with being the “rejector.”

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FEBRUARY TOPIC: PROMISES, PROMISES, PROMISES

Dates: Saturday, February 1, 2020
Times: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

One topic that I have heard over and over over the years has been around breaking/keeping negotiated promises. Now not everyone needs or wants to have hard line negotiated promises. But for others kept promises provide degrees of safety and trust. And broken ones can destroy good relational intentions.

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JANUARY TOPIC: The Dating Delimma

Dates: Saturday, January 11, 2020
Times: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Whether entering the world of dating polyamorous folks, or having been in polyamorous relationships for many years, dating seems to be a challenge for most. Often I’m asked questions like: “How do I begin?” Or “How do we make this work, it’s so complex?” Or “I’m so jealous I don’t think I can do this! Can I?” No simplistic answer that I can provide is THE answer.

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DECEMBER TOPIC: The Gift of Presence

Times: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

As the winter holidays approach many find the frenzy of shopping and the endless quandaries about gift giving. This can get particularly complicated and stressful in polycules and their extended families.

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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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