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Let’s Talk Relationships Interviews Dr. Eli Sheff on Rebel Relationships


Dr. Kelly and Chelsea at Let’s Talk Relationships interviewed me for their show and labeled it Rebel Relationships. Check out our conversation on different types of consensual non-monogamy, kinds of love, and dealing with the possible complexities of CNM relationships.


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Participate in Research on Attachment Styles in Polyamorous Relationships?


Wendi/Nicki Line-Robbins is doing her doctoral dissertation on polyamorous relationships and is asking for poly folks to take her survey — please see the information below.

My name is Wendi “Nicki” Line-Robbins, and I am a doctoral student at the International Institute of Clinical Sexology in Miami Shores, Florida. I am conducting my doctoral study on attachment styles and polyamorous relationships. I am hoping to find individuals to promote my study. The study is an anonymous online survey which takes about 20-25 minutes to complete. I am asking if you would consider promoting this study on your website, Facebook page, and/or podcast to help bring awareness and more research for this under served population. My hopes is this research will lead to bigger and more in depth studies for consensual non monogamy and kink cultures. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your consideration and please feel free to contact me at robbinsresearch2017@gmail.com .


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New Study of Polyamorous Relationships – Ryan Witherspoon



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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Participate in Research on Gender Dynamics in Polyamorous & Swinging Relationships?

images.jpgMichelle Wolkomir, Ph.D., is a sociologist at Centenary College in LA, and she is conducting research that examines gender dynamics in multiple partner relationships.  She needs to interview 60 volunteers, 30 polyamorists and 30 swingers for the study.


As a sociologist who studies gender and sexuality at Centenary College (seewww.centenary.edu/academics/sociology/faculty [and click on see CV next to Michelle Wolkomir] for research and publications), I am writing to ask for your help in completing an interview study of people’s experiences with multiple partner intimacies.  In what follows, I explain why I want to conduct this study and how the interviews would work.

As you are likely aware, our society is enmeshed in many debates about marriage and the family.  We worry about the discord and divorce that characterizes many heterosexual marriages, and we seem very concerned that human relationships take a particular “right” form.  For many, this form is the traditional heterosexual monogamous relationship, in which outside lovers are threatening and taboo.  Yet, an increasing number of Americans are building very successful and satisfying relationships that do not fit this model.  This study is designed to explore why people decide to engage in multiple partner intimacies, how people negotiate these relationships, what is difficult and satisfying about them, and how participating in them enables new ways of thinking about gender, sexuality, and relationships.

Hopefully, this study will help to make people’s experiences with multiple partner intimacies more visible, understood, and supported in our culture.  I am also interested in discovering what these relationships reveal about our societal ideas about gender, sexuality, and successful relationships.  To do so, I am conducting an interview study of people’s experiences in non-monogamous relationships.  Interviews will focus on the biographies of participants, their relationships, and the associated struggles and rewards.  All interviews will be strictly confidential, and all identifying information will be omitted or changed.  Each interview will likely take between 1-2 hours and will be conducted at a convenient time and place for the participant.  At the conclusion of the study, any participant can request a copy of the finished project.

Simply put, I cannot do this research without your help.  If you are interested in being interviewed, or would like to discuss this study further before making a decision, please contact me either by phone or email at the numbers or addresses below.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Michelle Wolkomir
Professor of Sociology
Director Gender Studies Program
Centenary College of Louisiana
318-349-2326 (cell)
318-869-5054 (work)
Email: mwolkomi@centenary.edu
Email: wolkomir@aol.com



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Dr. Eli Sheff Excited to be Presenting at Endless Poly Summer


This will be my first time at Endless Poly Summer, and I am thrilled to be presenting at the lovely Abrams Creek Retreat Center in the West Virginia Countryside. Not only do I get to lounge in their creek and do some forest bathing, I get to learn from amazing people like authors Patricia Johnson and Mark Michaels, Tantra practitioner and osteopath Harold Kornylak, and resident grassroots poly big wigs Sarah Taub and Michael Rios. I will be presenting “Untangling LGBTQIAKOP,” “Polyamorous Parenting,” and “What Kids REALLY Think of their Poly Families.”  


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Participate in Survey on Polyamorous Identity & Communication?


Valerie Rubinsky, a doctoral student at Ohio University in the Communication Studies department, is doing her doctoral research on communication and identity in polyamorous relationships. If you would consider taking her survey, please check out the information below.

Valerie Rubinsky is recruiting participants for a research study on identity in polyamorous relationships, specifically seeking participants who:
• Either identify as polyamorous and/or have at least one partner who identifies as polyamorous.
• Are in at least one intimate (sexual and/or romantic) relationship at time of participation.
• Participants must also be at least 18 years old, there is no maximum age for participation.

Participation involves completion of an online questionnaire:
• The survey should take less than an hour to complete and involves both closed and open-ended questions.
• The survey is anonymous, but the last page offers an opportunity to participate in follow-up research. This is optional and if you provide your contact information, it will be kept confidential.
• I appreciate you sharing this survey with anyone else you know who meets the call.



Valerie Rubinsky is a doctoral student at Ohio University in the Communication Studies department, where she studies interpersonal and intergroup communication, with a research focus on memorable messages about sexual behavior and identity, LGBTQ+ intimate partner communication, and family communication.

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Participate in Research on Polyfidelity?

Polyfidelity Research Study
Jeff Peterson, LCPC, LPC, NCC is a mental health professional and an advocate for the polyamorous (polyfidelitous) community. He organized the LGBTQ-Affirmative Therapist Guild (Healthcare Guild), a non-profit organization that serves as an advocacy group for alternative relationships, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
This confidential study will help mental health professionals better understand and support those in a polyfidelity relationship. This is a confidential interview-based study, which means all you have to do is visit over the phone, videoconference, or in-person. If you or someone you know, of any sexual orientation or gender identity, living anywhere in the United States, has previously been or is currently involved in a committed relationship with three or more consenting adults, please refer them to this study. Your help can make a huge difference!
You can participate without leaving your home and withdraw at anytime!
Plus the time-commitment is very reasonable!
CONTACT: Jeff Peterson
Jeff Peterson is a doctoral student completing dissertation research in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at Walden University. This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Walden University.

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