Alternative Lovestyles: Working with Polyamorous Clients (Recorded Webinar)

Alternative Lovestyles: Working with Polyamorous Clients (Recorded Webinar)


Non-monogamous people make up a significant minority population in the United States. Polyamory, swinging, and other types of consensual non-monogamy are fairly common, but the counseling and medical professions have not caught up yet and continue to treat anything but monogamous relationships as intimacy problems or health risks. What are the myths and facts about conscious non-monogamous relationships? How can health professionals and clinicians work with these clients as opposed to against them? This course will explore various types of consensual arrangements and discuss practical issues, evaluation methods, and counseling styles. Resources and strategies for working with non-monogamous individuals and partners will be demonstrated.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify common terms used by poly people and analyze the need for a new language.
  • Identify common polyamorous relationship structures
  • Recognize good practices for examining issues with polyamorous clients
  • Identify common mistakes made by therapists working with polyamorous people

Instructor: Rosalyn Dischiavo EdD, MA, CSES

This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 3 CE credits, and is considered asynchronous learning. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Institute for Sexuality Education & Enlightenment, Provider #11-113-C. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT Certification. For further information please contact

Core Knowledge Area: Diversity of Expression 
Sex Therapy Training Area: Intervention in relationship systems
Sex Ed Training Area: Education with Specific Populations