Clinical Blindspots series

Clinical BlindspotsTM: Polyamory and Consensual Nonmonogamy

Heather and Ruby discuss relationship structures and how understanding consensual nonmonogamy can be a helpful clinical tool so that you can pick up on some important things with your patient/client that they might not otherwise feel safe to discuss (hint: it's not STIs). 

Continuing Education Credit: 1 AASECT CEU
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We want you to feel confident in offering clients advice on anal play (without stigma)!

This question comes up a great deal in pelvic health social media spaces and from what we've seen, there are not many great resources to help people learn more about how to counsel clients who have anal sex questions or goals. We want to change that! You can help us by taking this course. 

We will give you the scoop on:
  • Basic safety and hygiene
  • Sexual shame and sex counseling
  • Different types of anal play
  • Problem solving patient-identified barriers to anal sexual function
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Ruby B. Johnson, MSW, Sex Therapist

Ruby B Johnson received her Bachelors of Social Work in 2002 from Texas Women’s University and her Masters of Social Work in 2004 from the University of Texas at Arlington. Since 2003, Ruby’s roles have included clinical practitioner, community and professional development educator, and graduate and under graduate adjunct professor. In private practice, her areas of expertise are substance use disorders, obsessive and compulsive sexual behaviors, attachment disorders, multi-cultural families and couples, gender expression/gender identity issues, consensual nonmonogamous partnerships/families, and Kink/BDSM. Mrs. Johnson is a Parenting Facilitator and Coordinator within the state of Texas. Ruby is CEO and Sole Practitioner with Inamorata LLC (www.inamorata.me). Ruby Johnson is CEO and organizer for PolyDallas Millennium© LLC (www.polydallasmillennium.com).She has presented at several national, state, and local conferences including Society of Social Work Research Conference, Council of Social Work Education Conference, DFW Behavioral Health Symposium, The Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians, International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals, and The State of Texas Association of Addiction Professionals Conference. In 2017, Mrs. Johnson has presented at Kinky Kollege, Contemporary Relationship Conference, Lincoln University, and facilitated a workshop/webinar “Black Relationships, Sexuality, and Families.”Her opinion and expertise on race relations, profiling, and systemic implications have been featured in the encyclopedia, African Americans and the Criminal Justice System, Carol The Sex Addiction Coach Radio Show, Ms. Beautiful Magazine, Vice News, Politiken, Our Sexuality! Magazine, and as a regular commentator on the Dallas Weekly Radio: First Amendment Show. Ruby was interviewed on BonaFideShe Radio Show on the topic of Trauma and its impact on Sexuality. Most recently, Mrs. Johnson presented a webinar on Black Sexuality and Relationships on Center for Healthy Sexuality’s Sexpert Series. In 2017, she has been interviewed by Cunning Minx with Poly In the News. Ruby Johnson is a contributor for Huffington Post and Black and Poly Magazine. She serves on the Board of Directors for National Coalition for Sexual Freedom and Texas Phoenix House. Mrs. Johnson has been approached by Multipolyamory to a contributor to their blog. Ruby B Johnson is a sex therapist in the DFW area in Texas www.sextherapistruby.com and www.blacksexgeek.net.
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Tell me about the course: 

  • Objectives: 
    • Participants will be able to understand what different types of relationship structures their clients are in and utilize that information to deliver inclusive care. 
    • Participants will be able to acknowledge why relationship structure might be information that a patient/client would protect. 

Who is this for?

Clinical Blindspots is a course series for professionals (medical and mental health) who work with pelvic and sexual health. 

About Clinical BlindspotsTM

This series focuses on the psychosocial aspects of caring for other humans in all of their glorious complexity. 

Clinical Blindspots is set of short courses that dive into topics that aren't usually part of the discussions in pelvic health. Some of them talk about bigger concepts of communication and clinical reasoning, while some offer specific instructions for kink and sex acts that can help clinicians navigate advising clients who enjoy doing these things. All of these courses are sex-positive, pleasure-positive, and trans-inclusive. 
Meet the Clinical blindspots creator:

Heather Edwards, PT, Sex Counselor & Educator, Founder of Clinical BlindspotsTM (she/they)

Heather Edwards, PT, CSC has been a pelvic physical therapist for 18 years and is an AASECT certified Sexuality Counselor as well as a Sex Educator. They achieved their dual certificate at the University of Michigan Sexual Health Certificate Program. They founded Vino & Vulvas in 2015 and it quickly became their favorite thing to do. They have presented at APTA and AASECT conferences and teaches for Pelvic Guru Academy on the topic of Trans-Inclusive Sexual & Pelvic Health. In addition to education and clinical work, Heather is an artist and illustrator of the coloring book series "Coloring Books for the Crotch Enthusiast". To connect with Heather, email vinoandvulvas@gmail.com. H
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