LIVE WEBINAR via ZOOM 1:30-5:00PM 

2023 Dates:  July 21   I   September 15


This 3 CE basic level course was designed for social workers who are seeking to better understand non-conventional relationships. Participants will learn to appreciate the importance of queer-informed practitioners providing services that best meet the unique need of the LGBTQ+ community.

Target audience: social workers Content level: Basic

About the Instructor

Troy Johnson, LCSW is a psychotherapist and LGBTQ advocate who works to educate communities regarding culturally competent services for diverse populations. To learn more about Troy, visit

Learning Objectives

Recognize types of non-conventional relationships. Demonstrate understanding and empathy for the lived experiences of LGBTQ individuals who love and relate unconventionally. Describe the importance of advocating for those in unconventional relationships, according to the NASW code of ethics. Identify and describe the issue of uninformed allies providing mental health services for which they are not qualified. Define and Identify relationship constructs as well as the unique challenges it presents to LGBTQ individuals. Apply best practices for clients in the LGBTQ community who are in non-conventional relationships, as an advocate and ally.


1:00 PM Welcome & Introductions

Presenter introductions and instructions for the course.

1:10 PM Overview of Non-Conventional Relationships

Relationship structures are evolving to make room for more non-conventional frameworks, and providers need to be informed of their own biases’ impacts on identifying and validating diverse relationships. Defining: Heteronormativity, Polyamory, Living Apart Togethers, Open Relationships.

1:40 PM Templates for Relationships

Describe concepts of relational and sexual orientations or templates: relationship template, erotic template, sexual template, and attachment types.

2:20 PM Snack Break

2:30 PM Relationships over Convention

Understanding the power social workers have in validating relationships that may present as atypical, helping clients find more freedom, connection, and their relationships.

3:30 PM Date Differently to Relate Differently

Participants will identify and deconstruct conventional rules of dating and relationships so they may better help clients create relationships that honor communication, respect, and the needs of those within the relationship.

4:15-4:45 PM Consultation & Discussion

Participants are encouraged to discuss with the presenters, ideas, questions, and concerns about non-conventional relationships etc.


The cost to attend this event is $120 which includes CE certificate of completion. To register, visit Registration closes on February 17, 2023. Cancellations must be received prior to the event date to be eligible for a refund.

Course Completion & CE Credit

Course completion requirements: Social workers must attend the entire course and complete a course evaluation to earn CE credit. Certificates of completion will be emailed within 30 business days of course completion.

System Requirements

A free Zoom account

An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)

Speakers and a microphone – built-in, USB plug-in, or wireless Bluetooth

A webcam or HD webcam – built-in, USB plug-in, or: An HD cam or HD camcorder with a video-capture card Note: See the list of supported devices.

Virtual camera software for use with broadcasting software like OBS or IP cameras Note: For macOS, Zoom client 5.1.1 or higher is required.


Please contact if you have any questions, concerns, or need to request any special accommodations.


Love for All: Understanding Religious Trauma & the LGBTQ+ Community, Course #4561, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Queer Literacy as an individual course. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 11/08/2022 – 11/08/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 3 Cultural Competence continuing education credits.