Polyamory Aware Therapy Certification Institute

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

Program Length: 75 hours

Module A

K103 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.

K104 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 (GLBTIAQK) populations and men. Heterosexual women are primarily targeted for DIPV screening, community support and intervention despite the similar or greater prevalence of DIPV in GLBTIAQK individuals and its detrimental mental and physical health affects. In this course we will highlight the burden of DIPV in KLGBT relationships, discuss how GLBTIAQK and traditional heterosexual relationships, discuss how GLBTIAQK and traditional heterosexual DIPV differ, and outline steps clinicians can take to address DIPV in their GLBTIAQK patients.