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.