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Children in Polyamorous Families Part 2 on Psychology Today

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The second in my blog series on kids in polyamorous families just went up today — you can find it at https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-polyamorists-next-door/201704/children-in-polyamorous-families-part-2

 

 

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The Polyamorous Black American Anthology — Call for Submissions

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Christopher Smith is collecting original stories written by African Americans who identify as polyamorous. If you are in that category, please consider submitting to his anthology!

 

 

 

While completing my academic article entitled Open to Love: Polyamory and the Black American (which will be published in The Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships in the winter 2017 edition) I realized that theory, research and the few personal narratives I complied alone are not sufficient to display the eminence of the Black American polyamorous experience. The people themselves need to share their experiences, hearts, minds, and thoughts through essays, poetry, dance, monologues, narratives, biographical stories, text conversations, social media posts, and whatever other avenue comfortable for the individual and/or collective. The people themselves need to be heard…

The Black American Polyamorous Anthology Project is an avenue for self-identifying polyamorous Blacks/African Americans/Black Americans to express; through any form written, audio or video; their experiences. To be clear this project is meant to represent ALL self-identifying polyamorous Blacks/African Americans/Black Americans regardless of socio-economic class, age, sex, sexuality, gender, and polyamorous formation.

There is NO limit to what is expressed, this anthology seeks to show the totality of the Black American polyamorous experiences (the good, bad, happy, sad, celebratory, abusive, rehabilitory, cautionary, progressive, troublesome, sexual, nonsexual, affective, discriminatory, comfortable, uncomfortable, racial taboos etc…) and its intersections with our everyday lives (as pastors, clinicians, hostess, waste disposal professionals, CEO’s, accountants, artists, mothers, fathers, military members, it does not matter). The goal is to show a robust and true view of our lives.

The project has two elements:
1. Written anthology to be digitally released
2. Video/Audio anthology to be digitally released and presented at film festivals

The due date for submissions is July 16th, 2017

For more information about and the directions for participation in this project please email Christopher N Smith at tenabilitymovement@gmail.com expressing your interest.

 

About Christopher N Smith
Christopher N. Smith is researcher focused on consensual non-monogamous relationship trends in current and historical contexts. His prior education includes doctoral studies in Sociology; a Master of Arts in Religious Studies with a concentration in Religion and Society; and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology form Howard University. He is in pursuit of a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies with a concentration on Minority Serving Institutions. Mr. Smith has extensive experience publishing, working, teaching, presenting and conducting research studies within the education, sociology, human services and criminal justice sectors. Currently he is a Management Analyst for the District of Columbia & in the United States Air Force Reserves. He is an educator, community builder, father, relationship advocate and passionate about increasing awareness of and support for non-monogamous relationships structures in the United States.

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New Study of Polyamorous Relationships – Ryan Witherspoon

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Ryan Witherspoon, a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Student at the California School of Professional Psychology, is conducting research on polyamorous relationships. Please consider participating. 

 

 

Participate in a survey about polyamorous relationships!

If you are in a polyamorous or other type of consensually non-monogamous, where all parties involved understand and agree that complete monogamy is not required, then you know how important it is that people understand what these relationships are and how they work.

My name is Ryan Witherspoon and I am a clinical psychology Ph.D. student at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University.  I am conducting a dissertation research project investigating these kinds of relationships.  Specifically, I’m looking at hidden sources of strength and resilience against challenges that polyamory and other types of consensual non-monogamy may feature.

Are you a US resident, over 18, and currently in one or more polyamorous or consensually non-monogamous relationship(s)?  Do you want to help contribute to scientific understanding of these important lifestyles and practices?  Please click the link below to participate in this ground-breaking study!

All responses are anonymous and completely confidential.  The survey will only take about 20 minutes to complete, but your contribution to expanding knowledge and tolerance of these modern relationships will be priceless!

Access the brief survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CNMstudy

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns!

Sincerely Yours,
Ryan G. Witherspoon, MA

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Children in Polyamorous Families Pt. 1, Psych Today Blog by Dr. Eli Sheff

 

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My most recent post on Psychology Today is the first in a series on children in polyamorous families and focuses on their age-dependent experiences and three reasons these kids seem to be in such good shape.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-polyamorists-next-door/201704/children-in-polyamorous-families-part-1

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Satisfied Relationship Coaching Clients

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This trio I coached earlier this week sent such a sweet note afterwards, I got their permission to post it: 

Dear Dr. Eli,

Thanks so much for the chatting with us today. We took so much away from the conversation & feel much more confident about talking with the kids. It’s nice to know we have someone to turn to if & when we have questions or need some advice in the future. Up until today we’ve been a little bit of blind wanderers. So thank you! We can tell you are educated yet real… it was a refreshing combo. If we run into custody issues I will keep you posted. We never imagined ourselves in this lifestyle, but here we are.
Thanks for all you do!
Cheers,
J, T & A
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Talking to Kids About Polyamory: Anya Manes Interviews Dr. Eli Sheff

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For her series on talking to children about sexuality, Anya Manes interviewed me about how monogamous and polyamorous parents can talk to their kids about polyamory.

 

http://talktokidsaboutsexseries.com/elisabethsheff

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8 Minutes with Dr. Eli on Empire Radio Show on Coaching

images.jpgIn a new interview with Empire Broadcasting Group’s radio show, the host asks about my coaching practice. We talk about both academic and relationship coaching. https://empireradionow.com/elisabeth-sheff-3-22-17-consultant/

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