A Therapist's Guide to Non-Monogamy

  • 26 Jun 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Virtual Zoom Meeting
  • 96


  • Reserved for members of the San Diego CAMFT Chapter. (Please make sure your registration information matches your information that we have on file.)
  • Reserved for individuals registering who are not SD CAMFT Chapter Members.
  • Reserved for students.

This event is in the process of being rescheduled. More information TBA. Follow our social media or chapter emails to stay up to date on all events. 

A link to the webinar will be sent via email to registrants prior to the event. Note: This event will not be recorded and must be attended live.


More and more therapists are working with clients who are choosing non-traditional relationships. Many clients seek therapy to help them to help them navigate these relationships more skillfully, or to detach from harmful messages from childhood which carry guilt and shame around their identities.

As therapists, we must be knowledgeable about open relationships and non-monogamy so that we do not unintentionally reinforce messages preferencing monogamy or repeat harmful messages clients may have received that they are not worthy or they are bad. This training will help you identify your own biases, and teach you how to be more effective in supporting clients in finding more joy in their relationships.

You will be able to convey a non-judgemental approach, without ignoring stuck places people in non-monogamous relationships find themselves. And best of all--you’ll be able to help them find creative solutions and resources to help them on their journey!


Therapists who take this course will be able to:

  • Describe the diversity of gender, sexuality, and relationships, and provide one example for how each of these three constructs intersect with one another or with race, ability, and socio-economic status, to impact our clients.
  • Analyze their own biases, and, having engaged in an exploration during the training related to therapist-as-self, they will be able to identify three biases about non-monogamy that may come up in themselves or in their clients. They will be able to discern if working with clients who are non-monogamous is appropriate for their practice.
  • Analyze their own biases, and, having engaged in an exploration during the training related to therapist-as-self, will be able to continue to see how their own cultural bias shows up in the therapy room. They will be able to discern if working with clients who are non-monogamous is appropriate for their practice.
  • Create a treatment plan, using their current theoretical models, for working with clients who are non-monogamous. They will be able to identify at least three objectives related to facilitating consultations about jealousy, stigma, and negotiating relationship boundaries and dynamics with non-monogamous clients.


  • Gender, Sexuality, and Relationship Diversity (GSRD)
  • Intersectionality (how does non-monogamy impact different aspects of GSRD as well as race, gender, class?)
  • Why is this topic important? 
  • Cultural competence in CNM/ENM relationships: terms, experiences, and understanding 
  • Video: DJ/Full House or Asking Kids 
  • Exploring assumptions: Our clients have them and so do we 
  • Therapist Stigma/Therapist as self interacting with this materials 
  • Activity: in dyads, what is coming up for you personally?
  • How has cheating or infidelity impacted your life?
  • Common issues in therapy with CNM (Jealousy, stigma, negotiating relationships) 
  • How to address those issues (top down, bottom up, sideways -mindfulness) 
  • Resources for further learning and for clients


This event is for mental health professionals.


$30 for Chapter Members

$45 for Non Members

$25 for Students*


Please email the Education Chair at education@camft-sandiego.org

Prior to registering, please review our Event Policies & Procedures, including our refund policy here.


Course Completion certificates will be awarded electronically in exchange for a completed evaluation / survey form to be sent within a week of the event.

Please make sure the Program Administrator has your correct email.

This course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Partial credit will not be awarded.

Live event participants must be present for the entire length of the workshop to be awarded credit. Participants will not be given CEU credit if they are more than 15 minutes late and/or do not stay for the entire length of the workshop.


This course is provided by the San Diego Chapter of the California association of marriage and family therapists (Provider #57330) is approved by the California association of marriage and family therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. San Diego chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists maintains responsibility for the program and all its content.

Please email the CEU Chair at ceuchair@camft-sandiego.org


Colleen Hennessy has been a therapist for over a decade, and serving clients in non-monogamous relationships in her private practice since January of 2019. She is passionate about understanding the needs of people in non-traditional relationships, and providing information about nonmonogamy to anyone who will listen. She completed her Level 1 Certification in Consensual Non-Monogamy through the Sexual Health Alliance in August of 2019. She also has specialized clinical training in EMDR, EFT, DBT, and Motivational Interviewing. 

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