Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (UNL) Conference System, 1st Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference

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Interactive Workshop: Negotiation skills (dilemmas, tools, and strategies)
Victoria Rosa Sturley, Folami Bayode

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Date: 2015-09-26 11:30 AM – 01:00 PM
Last modified: 2015-08-08


This experiential workshop is designed to help professionals get acquainted with different non-monogamous relationship configurations and experience negotiating them at various points in the relationship.


Participants will be provided with roles, scenarios and a negotiation sheet each. They will need to communicate and reach agreements to get to a stable point in the relationships. However, as in real life relationships, changes and challenges will arise. These will be inserted into the scenarios (as the workshop progresses)  that will force renegotiations. For example: serious illnesses, international moves, pregnancy, financial pressures, etc.

Bringing their experience and expertise to the negotiation, participants will be able to learn from each other’s personal, professional skills and experiences.

By the end of this workshop:

  • Everyone will learn about the complexity of non-monogamous configurations and the implications for real life negotiation.
  • Everyone will have had a chance to negotiate their way through an example of a real-life scenario and become aware of the breadth of tools, areas and strategies necessary.
  • Most participants will gain an understanding of the range of dynamics that can arise as a result of these scenarios.
  • Most will understand how the shifting nature of relationships and personal circumstances impact on negotiations and agreements.
  • Some will be able to relate their experience of these scenarios to their professional roles and how non-monogamies can best be addressed in policy or professional practice (counselling, psychotherapy, public health, etc.).
  • Some will understand how the different standpoints are affected by various levels of intersectionality and privilege.