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F23-205 Poly What? Increasing Knowledge of Ethical Non-monogamy

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

200 Adults, Couples & Families |  800 Online
Tavi Hawn, LCSW-C
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes



Some might just have heard the terms polyamory or non-monogamy, and others might have working knowledge and want to enhance their therapy skills in supporting these relationships. In this training, practitioners will learn about various forms consensual non-monogamy (sometimes called ethical non-monogamy or ENM). Participants will increase awareness of the challenges those practicing non-monogamy may experience and gain tools to assist clients in creating sustainable non-monogamous relationships.   


Tavi Hawn, LCSW-C Related seminars and products

Tavi Hawn holds a Master's Degree in Theological Studies and a Master of Social Work from University of Washington in Seattle. Some of their therapy specialties include trauma recovery, addressing negative self-talk, and managing anxiety and depression. They use a framework that affirms gender non-conforming children, youth, and adults, as well as the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community. In addition to being a Gender therapist, Tavi provides training to organizations, businesses, schools, and individual therapists. Their goal is to increase access to truly trans-affirming care by providing training, consultation, and supervision to other therapists and health practitioners.  

Agenda & Learning Objectives


 9:00-9:15- Introductions, Review Objectives 


9:15-9:40-Definitions, History, Quiz, Terminology 


9:40-10:00- Challenges/Minority Stress 


10:00-10:35- Videos of Perspectives and Discussion 


10:35-10:50- Break 


10:50-11:15- Clinical Topics and Sexual Considerations 


11:15-11:40- Therapeutic Tools and Approaches, Attachment  


11:40-12:00 Practice Scenarios 


12:00-12:15- Reflection and Wrap Up Discussion 



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least 2 ways minority stress can affect polyamorous clients.  

  • Describe the ways that various privileges can influence one's ability to practice non-monogamy.   

  • Differentiate between hierarchical and nonhierarchical types of polyamorous relationships.   

  • List at least 2 unique forms of abuse that may occur within polyamorous contexts.  

  • Describe at least 2 interventions therapists can use to help clients struggling with jealousy develop compassion. 

Bibliography & References



Balzarini, R. N., Campbell, L., Kohut, T., Holmes, B. M., Lehmiller, J. J., Harman, J. J., & Atkins, N. (2017). Perceptions of primary and secondary relationships in polyamory. PLoS ONE, 12(5), 1–20. 


Borgogna, N. C., Aita, S. L., & Aita, L. J. (2021, August 11). Minority stress in consensually non-monogamous individuals: mental health implications. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 1–20. 


Haupert, M. L., Gesselman, A. N., Moors, A. C., Fisher, H. E., & Garcia, J. R. (2016, April 20). Prevalence of Experiences With Consensual Nonmonogamous Relationships: Findings From Two National Samples of Single Americans. Journal of Sex &Amp; Marital Therapy, 43(5), 424–440. 


Jordan, L. S., Grogan, C., Muruthi, B., & Bermúdez, J. M. (2016, February 29). Polyamory: Experiences of Power from Without, from Within, and in Between. Journal of Couple &Amp; Relationship Therapy, 16(1), 1–19. 


Kolmes, K., & Witherspoon, R. G. (2017, July 3). Therapy With a Consensually Nonmonogamous Couple. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 73(8), 954–964. 


Manley, M. H., Legge, M. M., Flanders, C. E., Goldberg, A. E., & Ross, L. E. (2015). Consensual Nonmonogamy in Pregnancy and Parenthood: Experiences of Bisexual and Plurisexual Women With Different-Gender Partners. JOURNAL OF SEX & MARITAL THERAPY, 44(8), 721–736. 


Mogilski, J., Memering, S., Welling, L., Shackelford, T., Mogilski, J. K., Memering, S. L., … Shackelford, T. K. (2017). Monogamy versus Consensual Non-Monogamy: Alternative Approaches to Pursuing a Strategically Pluralistic Mating Strategy. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46(2), 407–417. 


Rubel, A. N., & Bogaert, A. F. (2015). Consensual Nonmonogamy: Psychological Well-Being and Relationship Quality Correlates. Journal of Sex Research, 52(9), 961–982. 


Schechinger, H. A., Sakaluk, J. K., & Moors, A. C. (2018). Harmful and helpful therapy practices with consensually non-monogamous clients: Toward an inclusive framework. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 86(11), 879–891 


Sheff, E., & Hammers, C. (2011, September). The privilege of perversities: race, class and education among polyamorists and kinksters. Psychology and Sexuality, 2(3), 198–223. 


Sprott, R. A., Randall, A., Davison, K., Cannon, N., & Witherspoon, R. G. (2017, July 4). Alternative or Nontraditional Sexualities and Therapy: A Case Report. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 73(8), 929–937. 


Veaux, F. (n.d.). More Than Two | Welcome to More Than Two. Retrieved October 15, 2022, from 


Weitzman, G., Davidson, J., & Phillips, R. A. (2009). What Psychology Professionals Should Know About Polyamory. Retrieved December 9, 2019 

Course Completion & CE Information

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {3} Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

We welcome anyone interested in the topic!


Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $70 and includes CE credit. Registering after 10/6/2023 will incur an additional $20 late fee. Cancellations* must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the workshop to receive a refund or an account credit.


*ALL cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee.

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