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PDM Open to Love Pre-Symposium Cultural Humility: Race, Gender & Class in Nonmonogamous Communities with Ruby Bouie Johnson

Historically, consensual nonmonogamous partnerships [CNM] have not been accurately represented; nor, viewed as a viable relational dynamic. As a practitioner, who serves nonmonogamous communities, it is not unusual for me to receive feedback from clients who feel misunderstood and mistreated by previous therapists.  In 2015, this feedback fueled my colleague and I to have a one-day workshop educating local practitioners about CNM partnerships. We hoped to shift the narrative from being culturally competent to culturally humble in practice. From this, PolyDallas Millennium was founded.
In this presentation, we will pick up where that conversation left off. Over the last 5 years, through experiences and independent study, I have found that a specific theoretical lens has more impact working with queer, transgender, and nonbinary black and brown folk in CNM partnerships. I have witnessed an amazing shift in perspectives within the clinical community. PolyDallas Millennium manifested because of a desire to educate other mental health professionals about CNM. We have a mission to center those voices that are underrepresented and underserved within society. During these times, more than ever, we must have knowledge of best practices in times of crisis, not only for the client but for the helping professional. Through a social justice lens, we explore paradigms, theories, and modalities in practice through case studies. With our current socio-political environment, it is mental health professionals practice lifelong learning for the client that is life-altering times. 

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  1. Explain the difference between cultural competence and cultural humility.
  2. Describe three components of cultural humility.
  3. Discuss three theories or paradigms that effectively explore race, gender, and class within nonmonogamous partnerships.
  4. Identify three assessment tools/techniques that explore race, gender, and class in nonmonogamous partnerships.
  5. Utilize three modalities of intervention with nonmonogamous partnerships.
  6. Assess biases, silencing, invisibility, and erasure in practice with nonmonogamous partnerships.

Professional experience
Ruby Bouie Johnson LCSW graduated from University of Texas at Arlington with her master's degree in social work. Currently, I am in direct practice in Plano, Texas. I have worked in private and non-profit sector. I have been an adjunct professor and visiting professor for undergraduate and graduate students. I facilitated trainings to faculty and staff. I have presented at professional and academic conferences. I have been published in books, journals, and a contributor for Huffington Post. I have been interviewed and provided expert testimony (mitigation specialist) on federal and state cases.

Expertise and focus
The focus of my work is the empowerment of the human condition and those who provide services and care, from the direct care provider to ancillary services. Advocate and Activist are at the core of educational and development practice. Cultural humility in practice from the C Suites and down (hierarchical) is imperative. The practice includes from initial engagement with the client and sustainability of the client relationship to be ethical and with integrity.  
My work focuses on creating organizational cultures that are accountable to broader society.

Twitter: @polydallas and @blacksexgeek
Instagram: @polydallasmill and @blacksexgeek
Pronouns: She/Her



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