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Consensual Non-Monogamy

  • 22 Jan 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Online


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Presented by Dr. Ryan Witherspoon, Ph.D.

THIS IS A ZOOM EVENT - Registration will close 48 hours before presentation.
Registrants must attend full session to receive 2 CEUs.

Statistics show that 4-5% of American romantic relationships are consensually non-monogamous in some way, including various manifestations of open relationships, polyamory, swinging, and more.  Clients in these relationships frequently fear stigmatization and pathologization from mental health professionals, and although many seek therapy for unrelated reasons, they nonetheless want to feel that this often crucial aspect of their lives and identities is understood by their therapist.  This presentation will give clinicians a pragmatic overview of the major types of consensual non-monogamy, with a focus on clinically-relevant factors and frameworks to help therapists conceptualize and intervene with non-monogamous individuals and relationships.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to define three different common types of consensual non-monogamy.

  2. Participants will be able to identify two clinically-relevant research findings on consensual non-monogamy.

  3. Participants will be able to identify three different common non-monogamy-related presenting concerns.

  4. Participants will be able to describe two interventions to help address jealousy or similar feelings.

About the Presenter

Ryan G. Witherspoon, Ph.D. is a California-based psychologist (PSY32022), clinician, researcher, author, and speaker.  Dr. Witherspoon regularly publishes peer-reviewed research on non-traditional relationships and sexualities, such as consensual non-monogamy and BDSM/kink, and frequently trains mental health clinicians in sex-positive approaches to working with these populations.  Learn more about Dr. Witherspoon’s work at

Inland Empire Chapter of CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for IE-CAMFT. IE-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. CEU Provider # 62278

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