Year-Long Certification Webinar for Therapists Treating Polyamorous Clients with Dr. Eli and the Sexual Health Alliance

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Registration is open for a year-long certification class for counselors and therapists who want to specialize in serving people in polyamorous and other consensually non-monogamous relationships.

Beginning September 1, 2020 and ending August 2021, the class meets live online the first Tuesday of the month from 12:30 to 2 pm Central time (1:30 – 3 pm Eastern, 11:30 – 1:30 Mountain, 10:30 – noon Pacific) for a lecture, discussion, and case consultation with me, Dr. Eli Sheff.

Students can access recorded guest lectures at their own pace, with speakers David Ley, Meg-John Barker, Kitty Chambliss, Zelakia Clarke, Betsy Duke, Bethany Stevens, Ariel Gaines, John Button, Diana Adams, Ruby Bouie Johnson, Kathy Labriola, Amy Moors, and Heath Schechinger who provide lectures on the cutting edge of serving CNM clients.

Each month students will read a range of useful writings – mostly blogs and academic articles — to understand different aspects of polyamorous relationships, and then discuss these readings with their peers in online discussion groups. Students also select a book to read over the year and briefly review it for their classmates in an online post at the end of the course.

Students also get access to exclusive content from a video interview series with Dr. Eli Sheff interviewing researchers, activists, and organizers about a wide range of topics relevant to CNM therapy. Interviews include Daniel Copulsky, Cindy Trawinski, Danielle Colson, Tikva Wolfe, Apryl Alexander, Ken Haslam, Chrissy Holman, Elaine Sheff, Daniel Cardoso, Tamara Pincus, Sharon Flicker, Lexi Sylver, and Jim Fleckenstein.

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Brief Syllabus for Year Long Course on Polyamory & CNM

Dr. Eli Sheff & Sexual Health Alliance

***Please note this syllabus is subject to change.***

September 1, 2020

Dr. Eli: Introduction to Polyamory & CNM

Webinar: David Ley, Confronting the Monogamy Bias in Couples Therapy

Interview: Jim Fleckenstein, History of poly activism and findings of elders study 

Readings: What is polyamory, how is it different from other forms of CNM, who has poly relationships and why

October 6, 2020

Dr. Eli: Starting Out

Webinar: Meg John Barker, Gender NonConforming Folks in CNM Relationships

Interview: Lexi Sylver on Dating for CNM

Readings: How to structure CNM relationships, Poly community lingo, CNM communities

November 2, 2020

Dr. Eli: Hot & Heavy

Webinar: Kitty Chambliss, Jealousy

Interview: Sharon Flicker, Compersion

Readings: Living arrangements, safer sex agreements, emotions

December 1, 2020

Dr. Eli: Daily Life

Webinar: Zelakia Clarke, Osunality and Melanated Non-Monogamies 

Interview: Tamara Pincus on Coming out as Polyamorous

Readings: paid and house work, metamours, commitment

January 5, 2021

Dr. Eli: Relationship Challenges

Webinar: Betsy Duke, Ethics and Treating Problematic Sexual Behavior in CNM

Interview: Daniel Cardoso, Polyamory in media and Europe

Readings: polyphobia, managing conflict, consent violations, power inequality

February 2, 2021

Dr. Eli: Polyamorous Families

Webinar: Bethany Stevens, Disability and CNM relationships

Interview: Herbs for the Healthy Poly Family with Elaine Sheff

Readings: family formation, polyaffective relationships, coming out

March 2, 2021

Dr. Eli: It takes a (Polyaffective) Village

Webinar: Ariel Gaines, Depth Therapy Interventions in CNM

Interview:   Chrissy Holman, COVID-19 Townhall

Readings: pregnancy, parenting, kids in poly families

April 6, 2021

Dr. Eli: Aging in Polyamorous Families

Webinar: John Button on Non-Conventional Relationship Choices for the Over-Sixties

Interview: Ken Haslam on aging in the polyamorous community

Readings: aging, disability, money, families

May 4, 2021

Dr. Eli: Love Makes a Family and a Culturally Competent Practitioner 

Webinar: Ruby Bouie Johnson on Social Justice & Cultural Competence

Interview: Apryl Alexander, Inclusive Education Initiative

Readings: families of origin, intersectionality

June 1, 2021

Dr. Eli: Interacting with Institutions

Webinar: Diana Adams, Legal Issues Facing Polyamorous Folks and How to Handle Them

Interview: Tikva Wolfe, comic drawing for healing in CNM relationships

Readings: legal issues facing polyamorists, schools, medicine, discrimination

July 6, 2021

Dr. Eli: This is the End

Webinar: Kathy Labriola, Breaking Up in CNM Relationships

Interview:  Cindy Trawinski & Danielle Colson, Greenhouse program

Readings: breaking up, death and dying, grief

August 3, 2021

Dr. Eli: Resilience andLessons Learned

Webinar: Division 44 Cutting Edge of CNM Therapy

Interview: Daniel Copulsky, Asexuality and polyamory

Readings: resilience, best practices

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Dr. Elisabeth Sheff, PhD, CASA, CSE

One of a handful of global experts on polyamory and the foremost international expert on children in polyamorous families, Dr. Elisabeth Sheff has studied gender and
families of sexual minorities for the last 16 years. Sheff’s television appearances include CNN, and the National Geographic, and she has given more than 20 radio, podcast, print, and television interviews with sources from Radio Slovenia to National Public Radio, the Sunday London Times to the Boston Globe and Newsweek. By emphasizing research methodology and findings in her discussions, Dr. Sheff presents the kind of public intellectualism that encourages audience members to think critically regarding gender, sexualities, and families.

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