Consensual Non-Monogamy: A Guide in Helping Clinicians Pioneer Modern Relationships (4 CEs)


Presented by: Dr. Lee Phillips 

What is the difference between polyamory and open-relationships? Do they mean the same thing? If someone swings with their partner, does this mean they are in an open-relationship? Clinicians get asked these questions all of the time by their clients. It is estimated that 4% to 5% of people in the U.S. are currently participating in consensual non-monogamy. Non-monogamy is about as prevalent as the number of Americans who identify as LGBTQ +, which is estimated to be about 4.5% of the American population. Clinicians are left with several questions since they are on the front in helping clients navigate the world of consensual non-monogamy. This workshop will introduce and explore the meaning of consensual non-monogamy, the misconceptions of consensual non-monogamy, the two types of relationships in consensual non-monogamy, why people practice consensual non-monogamy, the  rules for consensual non-monogamy to be successful, the existing non-consensual monogamy formats, managing jealousy, and helping clients negotiate agreements and contracts.



In this 4 hour virtual workshop, we will explore:

  • Understanding Consensual Non-monogamy
  • Definitions of Social Issues Concerning Consensual Non-Monogamy
  • The Misconceptions of Consensual Non-Monogamy
  • Agreements, Boundaries, and Rules in Consensual Non-Monogamy
  • Helping Jealous Clients in Non-Consensual Relationships
  • Communication Issues of Honesty, Negotiating, and Disclosure

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the social issues concerning consensual non-monogamy
  • Identify and list the 11 misconceptions of consensual non-monogamy
  • Identify and list the 5 rules for consensual non-monogamy to be successful
  • Describe the strategies used in helping jealous clients in non-consensual relationships
  • Explain what agreements, boundaries, and rules in non-monogamous relationships look like

Activities (4 hours)

  • (10) Introduction to instructor and the meaning of consensual non-monogamy
  • (60) The Journey of Consensual Non-Monogamy: Helping clients understand consensual non-monogamy and the misconceptions of consensual non-monogamy
  • (60) The Many Forms of Love: Consensual non-monogamy formats and how to be successful in these formats
  • (80) Empowering Relationships: Strategies in helping jealous clients, navigating and negotiating agreements, rules, and boundaries
  • (30) Real cases

Meets Requirements for 4 CE’s

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