Metamorphosis:  Working with Polyamorous Systems Using a Step Family Model (Recorded Webinar)

Metamorphosis: Working with Polyamorous Systems Using a Step Family Model (Recorded Webinar)


Polyamorous systems are new for the therapy field, and current treatment models are very scarce. In some ways, poly systems have very different dynamics from traditional family systems, and in some ways they do not. Using a blended families model can be very helpful as a self-concept for those in the system, or for use with polyamorous clients. This holds true whether they identify as a family or not. There are existing models (Papernow,1993) that can address the struggles felt by poly partners very well.

This presentation will

  1. Discuss common transitions that poly people experience

  2. Outline the stages of blended families in the context of a polyamorous system's development as one way to conceptualize
    A. common stages of adjustment
    B. strategies for normalizing conflicts.

  3. Discuss 5 challenges that poly systems face that are similar to those in stepfamilies. Clinicians will obtain knowledge of an existing model that can be used for further study in their own practices. Other participants will be able to use the information as a conceptual framework for polyamorous groups.

This program has met the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and has been approved for 1 CE. These CE’s 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 in Sexual Expression and lifestyles

Sex Therapy Training Area: Theory and methods of approach to intervention in relationship systems experiencing sex and intimacy problems.

Presenter: Rosalyn Dischiavo EdD, MA, CSES