Understanding Polyamory & Open Relationships

Polyamory (which means “loving more than one”) is a course focused on cultural lifestyles that include multiple partners. From plural families to open relationships to swinging, it covers jealousy, fears, benefits, challenges, legalities and more.


Understanding Polyamory & Open Relationships

Polyamory Course

Polyamory means loving more than one. It is also the term used to describe an open relationship orientation. Thus, this course focuses on cultural lifestyles that include multiple partners. For example, our program covers topics such as plural families to open relationships to swinging. It empowers you to address issues such as, it covers jealousy, fears, benefits, challenges, legalities and more. If you have a desire to learn more about this growing community, our program will give you the foundation you need.

Learning Objectives

This course follows SMART learning objectives (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-Phased). By the end of this course, students will understand and be able to:

  • Identify at least five (5) vocabulary words specific to polyamory.
  • Differentiate between polyamory and swinging.
  • Name the six (6) different poly configurations and define their parameters.
  • Define NRE and identify who coined the term.
  • Identify at least five (5) elements of a healthy poly relationship.
  • Distinguish between polyamory and open relationships.
  • Understand Dr. Leanna Wolfe’s research studies of polyamory and be familiar with at least three (3) findings.
  • Identify the major authors associated with polyamory and how they define different modes of sexual expression.
  • Identify at least three (3) polyamorous micro-cultures from around the world.
  • You learn to explain and understand how the Oneida community structured polyamory.
  • You are familiarized with the Kerista commune and how its operations defined the polyamorous lifestyle.
  • Learn about ‘Shares’ and what happens during these events.

1. Video: POLYAMORY Narrated Multimedia Presentation Video (2hrs 44m)
2. Video: Ask The Expert – Reid Mihalko on Non-Conventional Sex (20 minutes)
3. Final Quiz – 25 questions (about 30 minutes)*

Course Evaluation

Successful students of the Certified Love Coach Program, Certified Master Sexpert Program or Certified Relationship Coach Program pass a knowledge based exams prior to certification. The exams are 00, 50 or 30 questions respectively with a combination of multiple choice, true false and essay questions. A passing grade is 80%.

Students will be able to apply the knowledge and skills learned in this course for their own practice as relationship coaches, love coaches, wellness coaches, intimacy coaches, and other professional specialties such as educators, sexologists, counselors or therapists.

Continuing Education Information

This course meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). The Polyamory class is approved for 3 CE credits. Thus, these CE credits are applied toward your AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Please note that AASECT applies these credits on an individual basis, and LU cannot guarantee AASECT membership based on the completion of any LU course or program.

Visit AASECT for more details: https://www.aasect.org/

This course is eligible for credit at the American College of Sexologists. These hours go towards the 300 hours required for membership. Please note professional life experiences are also eligible for academic credit as determined by the discretion of the ACS International board, including researchers, documentary filmmakers, authors, adult toy retailers or other entrepreneurs in the field of sexual health and pleasure. Visit ACS for more details: http://www.americancollegeofsexologists.org/

This course is eligible for 3 CE credits – AASECT CE provider number: 18-916-LU

CE provider number: 18-916-LU