Workshops

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If you would like to speak to me about arranging a workshop presentation, or a professional training in “special populations,” please contact me by email or phone at reThinkTherapyNow@gmail.com, or (206) 779-9178.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS:

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 2:15-3:45pm                                             Washington Counseling Association 2014 Conference:                         Counseling Across Specialties, Seattle Pacific University                        Working with Alternative Relationship Styles: Polyamory

This is a training presentation designed to introduce professional mental health providers from across the state to the concepts of polyamory and non-monogamy within the population of mental health consumers, so they might be better prepared to work with this growing population with insight and greater familiarity. To attend, you must be registered with the WCA 2014 Conference; for details and registration, please visit WACounseling.org.

PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS:

Sunday, Septmember 28, 2014, 1:00-2:45pm                                                       LGBTQ Intergenerational Conference at Seattle University                      LGBTQ Allyship                                                                                                Relationships: Polyamory and Non-monogamy

Within “poly” populations, it is often said that there is no one right way to do poly, but experience shows there are plenty of ways to do it wrong. In this workshop, we invest some time in thought and self-reflection; participants (including those of us curious about practicing poly) can gain valuable insights into the kind of relationships we want, are capable of, and can work to have. We’ll even discuss kink and power exchange! Together we review basics in honesty, communication, compassion, and boundaries as they apply to what can be complicated relationship structures. By addressing such elemental skills, we learn together about creating the kind of foundation that allows us all to thrive while staying grounded in who we are and who we want to be. This workshop is designed to be accessible across generations, ethnicities, abilities, and genders.

For more info on the LGBTQ Intergenerational Conference and to register (free!), please visit the conference page here.

Saturday, March 8, 2014, noon-3pm                                                                        Center for Sex Positive Culture (CSPC Annex)                                           Kinesthetic Polyamory, co-taught with Sophia Sky and Jim Duvall

For workshop description, see below. To view the Foundation for Sex Positive Culture’s listing, and link to pre-sale tickets, go to their calendar, or purchase tickets in advance directly through Stranger Tickets. Registration is limited to 30 participants.

Sunday, August 4, 2013, 8:50-10:20a; Sat, August 16, 2014, 10:30a-noon Gender Odyssey Conference, Seattle, WA                                                                 Why Informed Consent Matters (ICATH)

Has it been your experience that the choices about your own body are at the mercy of your doctor or therapist? Trans people are often at a loss of power or support to make medical decisions about their bodies, beholden to mental health and medical providers as gatekeepers for when and how to access hormones and surgery. The Informed Consent model takes the power out of the hands of medical professionals and redistributes it, keeping at the core the personal needs and desires of the transgender patient. Come discuss what Informed Consent is and how to use policy to shift the power of self-actualizing into the hands of trans people and out of the hands of medical providers.

NOTE: For more info on the Gender Odyssey 2013 Conference,  visit GenderOdyssey.org. You must be registered with the conference to attend workshops; registration info is also available through the same link.

Sunday, August 4, 2013, 10:40am-12:10pm                                                         Gender Odyssey Conference, Seattle, WA                                                            Femme as Gender

For workshop description, see below. For more info on the Gender Odyssey 2013 Conference,  visit GenderOdyssey.org. You must be registered with the conference to attend workshops; registration info is also available through the same link.

Friday, August 9, 2013, 2-4pm                                                                               Paradise Unbound, Seattle area, WA                                                                     Player Know Thyself

For workshop description, see below. For more info on the Paradise Unbound 2013 Conference,  visit ParadiseUnbound.com. You must be registered with the conference to attend workshops; registration info is also available through the same link.

Sunday, August 11, 2013, 2-4pm                                                                            Paradise Unbound, Seattle area, WA                                                            Kinesthetic Polyamory, co-taught with Sophia Sky & Jim Duvall

Knowing something in our heads often isn’t a complete understanding. Knowing something “in your gut” often gives a deeper understanding. Using physical activities, this class explores the various polyamourous relationship configurations and inspires understanding, empathy and compersion for your partners. Techniques adapted from Tai Chi and Contact Dance will give you the opportunity to learn more about your unique relationship dynamic.  You do not have to come with your current partners to benefit from this workshop. This class is designed for singles, partners, leather families. Please come prepared to participate in movement based techniques. (This is a fully accessible class.)

For more info on the Paradise Unbound 2013 Conference,  visit ParadiseUnbound.com. You must be registered with the conference to attend workshops; registration info is also available through the same link.

Saturday, March 16, 2013, 9:30-11am                                                                   Women in Kink Conference, Seattle, WA                                                               Player Know Thyself

Ever find yourself in the middle of a negotiation/scene/role, and not know how you got there? Maybe you’ve wondered how to make your scene/sex partner(s) happy without compromising your Self? This workshop is structured to guide you into finding a balance between “me” and “we” by self-awareness and clear communication. Along with lecture and group exercises designed to encourage reflection, Kristen will also field questions and use group input (when permitted) to demonstrate that sometimes we make things harder on ourselves than we need to. Join us in a look inward so that we might be more fully present for the sexy times in our lives!

To attend this workshop, you must be a registered attendee of the W.In.K. conference. For more details and to register, please visit http://www.womeninkink.org.

Saturday, March 16, 2013,  3:30-5pm                                                                   Women in Kink Conference, Seattle, WA                                                                   Pick-Up Play, co-taught with Mistress Matisse

Ever see a someone across the dungeon floor who piques your interest, but feel frozen to the floor? Or perhaps you’re experienced in approaching her, and even getting her, but then…? Whatever your skill level in this area, Mistress Matisse and Kristen Knapick, MA, LMHCA, have something to offer you in this workshop focused on the dos and don’ts of pick-up play. Whether it’s failed communications, failed equipment, or just a mismatch, Matisse and Kristen have input for you on avoiding the pitfalls, or coping with them with integrity when they inevitably come up. Of course, we want to hear your experiences, too! A segment of this workshop will be devoted to group discussion, in which we invite you to share your victories and “oopses,” so we all might learn from you.

To attend this workshop, you must be a registered attendee of the W.In.K. conference. For more details and to register, please visit http://www.womeninkink.org.

 

Sunday, November 11, 2012, 4 -5:30pm                                                                                  Leather Reign 2012, Seattle, WA                                                                                              Free to Be: you AND me – reThinking Communication

For workshop description, please see below. In order to attend this event you must be registered with the conference. For info on how to register, visit http://LeatherReign.org.

Friday, August 3, 2012, 3:10 – 4:40pm                                                                                Gender Odyssey 2012, Seattle, WA                                                                          Femme as Gender 

Do you identify as femme when asked about your gender? Maybe “female” isn’t sufficient to describe you, but you find other labels (such as male, genderqueer, gender non-conformist, etc.) equally limiting? Let’s share our power as femmes with one another and discuss what makes “femme” our gender identification. We’ll find common ground, areas of glorious difference, and countless reasons to support and encourage each other as femmes!

Sunday, August 5, 2012,  2:25 – 3:55pm                                                                      Gender Odyssey 2012, Seattle, WA                                                                             Seven Year Itch (for Partners)

Many years have passed since your loved one physically transitioned, and the impact it had on your immediate family, relationship, and the like has faded a bit. Your loved one’s gender – and your relationship to them – may no longer be a day-to-day issue. But, where else does it pop up? Are you finding ways to be proud of your loved one’s gender while still claiming your own unique identity? Has a health issue come up that again puts you or your loved one out on the front lines of defending gender? How are you affected now by your loved one’s choice to live stealth or out? This workshop focuses on the experiences of those who’ve had five or more years beyond their loved one’s transition.

For more info on these two workshops, and the Gender Odyssey 2012 Conference,  visit GenderOdyssey.org. You must be registered with the conference to attend workshops; registration info is also available through the same link.

Saturday, June 30, 2012, 3:15-4:45pm                                                                    EcoSex Symposium, Portland, OR                                                                     Boundaries in Poly Relationships

Polyamory can be one of the greatest expressions of anarchy we make. As open and revolutionary as we are, however, our intimate relationships sometimes still falter. In this introductory/intermediate level workshop, participants will have the chance to share their experiences with healthy (and some unhealthy) boundaries in poly relationships.  Then, using her nearly 20 years of experience, as well as her professional training, Kristen will further elaborate on the importance of real transparency, even within power differentials. Of course, we’ll also discuss the exceptions to any of these “rules,” and then turn to the skill building needed to reconnect with ourselves and each other, so we can communicate in productive ways. Participants will be invited to offer real experiences with difficult relationships/moments/selves for alternative solutions based on opening to the love we are. Kristen will teach some basic tools for structuring communication during times of stress so participants can take away the skills needed to immediately improve communication in their relationships. All sexual orientations, genders, and relationship dynamics welcome.

Boundaries in Poly Relationships will be held as part of the EcoSex Symposium in Portland, OR, at the Q Center. For more info on the workshop, the conference, and to register, please click here.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012  7 – 9pm                                                                            CSPC, Seattle, WA                                                                                                        Choosing to STAY: reThinking Communication

Relationships of all kinds can try our communication skills as we struggle to feel heard. This introductory/intermediate level workshop is about coming together to share frustrations, ideas, and skills for healthier communication. Perhaps you can’t get your message across without feeling unsupportive/ed, or encountering defensiveness. Maybe you want some space in the relationship for your feelings to be heard, and your efforts to get that time end in frustration for both of you. Maybe you or your loved one get so worked up, you just give up trying to talk. You will leave this session with practical tools and examples for more loving and effective exchanges, even in the face of stress. All sexual orientations, genders, and relationship dynamics welcome. The last 30min of the workshop will be an opportunity to practice skills and get Kristen’s one-on-one input.

Choosing to STAY will be held at the Center for Sex Positive Culture Annex, 1608 15th Ave West, in Seattle. Admission is $20 at the door. ASL interpretation available if requested by 6/13.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012  7 – 9pm                                                                               CSPC, Seattle, WA                                                                                                                  Free to Be–you AND me: reThinking Expectations

For workshop description, see below. Free to Be will be held at the Center for Sex Positive Culture Annex, 1608 15th Ave West, in Seattle. Admission is $20 at the door. ASL interpretation available if requested by 4/25.

Wed, April 4, 2012   7 – 9pm                                                                                            CSPC, Seattle, WA                                                                                                                  Poly Communication Skills: reThinking Boundaries

In this introductory/intermediate level workshop, participants will have the chance to share their experiences with healthy (and some unhealthy) boundaries in poly relationships.  Then, using her nearly 20 years of experience, as well as her professional training, Kristen will further elaborate on the importance of real transparency, even within power differentials. Of course, we’ll also discuss the exceptions to any of these “rules,” and then turn to the skill building needed to communicate in productive ways. Kristen will teach some basic tools for structuring communication during times of stress so participants can take away the skills needed to immediately improve communication in their relationships. All sexual orientations, genders, and relationship dynamics welcome. The last 30min of the workshop will be an opportunity to practice skills and get Kristen’s one-on-one input.

Poly Communication Skills will be held at the Center for Sex Positive Culture Annex, 1608 15th Ave West, in Seattle. Admission is $20 at the door. ASL interpretation available if requested by 3/28.

Thursday, August 18, 2011 (7-9pm)                                                                               CSPC Annex, 1608 15th Ave West, Seattle, WA                                                           Free to Be: you AND me ~ reThinking Expectations

 Whether we have five partners or none, we are all in relationships of some kind. This workshop is for those of us seeking freedom from our resentments against family, friends, and partners. Participants will learn new perspectives on their troubling relationships, and skills for more effective communication within them. At its core, this workshop is about learning to release the expectations so we can all be free to be as we are. All sexual orientations, genders, and relationship dynamics are welcome.

There will be a $20 fee at the door. This event will be ASL interpreted.

August 2011                                                                                                                        Gender Odyssey, Seattle, WA

I will be facilitating and co-facilitating two discussion workshops at Gender Odyssey 2011, the 10th anniversary of Seattle’s international conference on gender. This year’s conference is August 4 – 7 in the WA State Convention Center in downtown Seattle. For more information on the conference and to register (required for attendance), visit genderodyssey.org.

Friday, August 5, 2011, 9:10-11:40am                                                                        Grief, Loss, & Transformation                                                                                       When our partner moves towards being their authentic self, many of us celebrate their transformation. However, sometimes our desire to be supportive can result in repressing our own emotions. We may feel guilty for not always being the compassionate partner we “should” be. Our own feelings of grief and loss may be hard to articulate. We may have trouble finding the support and understanding that we need. In this closed, partners-only session, we’ll be able to make room for some of that grief, let some go, and find ways to support one another.
Note: This is open only for non-trans partners of people who are physically or socially transitioning, have transitioned, or are considering transition. You do not need to be in a relationship currently to attend.

Saturday, August 6, 2011, 2:25-3:55pm                                                                Cupid’s Arrow (with Heather Eslien, MA, LMHCA)                                          Homosexual, heterosexual, bi, queer, pansexual? There is no specific word for people who are attracted to trans people. Do you find your motives are questioned when you choose a trans lover or prefer to date trans people? Ever been on a dating website and notice there is no check-off box to include your preference? How can we claim our desire for trans bodies as a legitimate sexual orientation? Join us for an in-depth discussion of navigating dating, intimacy, and sex with individuals who are not recognized by our current culture. Note: Open only to non-trans-identified partners.

Please note: You must be registered to attend events associated with Gender Odyssey.

Sunday, May 1, 2011: 11am-12pm                                                                          Babeland, Seattle, WA                                                                                                Healthy Communication in Relationships:A Workshop for Intimacy

 This will be an abbreviated, FREE version of “The Naked Truth,” listed below. Babeland and I are emphasizing the intimacy this time, as described:

In times of stress, most of us revert to the communication tactics of our childhood: we shut down, we manipulate, we yell, or any number of other gambits for control. This workshop is a chance to discover that we’re not alone in this, and there are other options that can open the gates of communication and get us closer to what we want. Through discussion, instruction, role play, and a good dose of laughter, we’ll rethink and re-imagine intimacy. All genders, orientations, and relationship dynamics welcome. Taught by Kristen Knapick, MA, LMHCA.

Please RSVP to Babeland at (206) 328-2914, or to me at reThinkTherapyNow@gmail.com so we can be better prepared.

February 16, 2011  7-9:30pm                                                                                              The Little Red Studio, Seattle, WA                                                                                  The Naked Truth: reThinking Communication Under Stress

In times of stress, most of us revert to the communication tactics of our childhood: We shut down, we manipulate, we yell, or any number of other gambits for control. This workshop is a chance to discover that we’re not alone in this, and there are other options that can open the gates of communication and get us closer to what we want. Through discussion, instruction, a bit of role play, and a good dose of laughter, we’ll reThink getting naked in a whole different way.

This will be a dinner and workshop event, and admission is only $5 if you have dinner with us in the Little Red Cafe at the 7pm start. The workshop alone is $15 and will begin at 8pm.

Please RSVP to reThinkTherapyNow@gmail.com, or let the Little Red Cafe barista know if you plan to attend for dinner (206.328.4758). The Little Red Cafe and Studio are at 400 Dexter Avenue North in Seattle.

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