Polyamory Aware Therapy Certification Institute

The Polyamory Aware Therapy Certification Institute Program is designed to teach health care, mental health, and public health providers how to work with polyamory families. Poly Aware Therapists (PAT) have additional postgraduate training about alternative relationship expression via, books, articles, continuing education, seminars, websites, etc.


Program Objectives:

Understand the ethnographic concepts of open relationships, alternative relationships, communities and their role, as a medical provider, in their care.

Understand the difference between healthy polyamory and unethical non monogamy

Learn therapeutic interventions and common issues seen with open relationships

Ethical and Legal Issues related to open relationships

Evaluation of the science and research of polyamory

Special topics and ethical challenges when working with alternative relationship styles clients.

Parenting and Polyamory

Power Exchange and Polyamory

Marketing and Business Practice

Classes may be taken individually, in modules or as a series.

Program Requirements: 

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Completion of school application process
  • Recommendation from instructor of work supervisor
  • For therapist recognition, the student must be a licensed therapist

Total Program Hours: 75 hours

Module A

KTCI 103 Ethical Non-Monogamy I: Fundamentals and the Science of Open Relationships

This course is a foundation class for understanding and navigation of various non- monogamous relationships.

KTCI 104 Ethical Non-Monogamy II: Working with Open Relationships

This course will focus on how to work with non-monogamous clients. Ethics, pathology, interventions and case studies will be included.

Module B

TWA 402     Intimate Partner Violence: Hidden Victims of Sexual, Gender, and Relationship Minorities and Special Populations

The Mental Health Community’s efforts to address domestic and intimate partner violence (DIPV) have often neglected members of the kink, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ+) populations and men. Heterosexual women are primarily targeted for DIPV screening, community support and intervention despite the similar or greater prevalence of DIPV in GLBTQ+ individuals and its detrimental mental and physical health affects. In this course we will highlight the burden of DIPV in KLGBT relationships, discuss how LGBTQ+ and traditional heterosexual relationships, discuss how LGBTQ+ and traditional heterosexual DIPV differ, and outline steps clinicians can take to address DIPV in their LGBTQ+ patients.