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.
Working with Kinky Clients
With the advent of the Internet, those who participate in alternative forms of relationship, gender, and sexual expression have come together as a community and have created a new sexual minority subculture.The clinical needs of this community are different than the traditional mental health client and it is important for all mental health clinicians and healthcare providers to be familiar with the standard of care that may be different in the varied populations that make up this community. This document is the accompanying manual for a pilot Kink Aware Therapy Certification educational program, and it offers a fundamental working knowledge and important clinical considerations and interventions in the treatment of this population based upon one clinician’s experiences, the current research, and community literature. This companion text also reinforces the growing need for an educational program for mental health and medical providers and further clinical research with this population.