610 – The New Monogamy

The Changing Face of Open Relationships
Tammy Nelson

As the flurry of recent press coverage indicates, more couples today are negotiating monogamy in new and creative ways, including through open marriages, polyamory, group marriages, and a variety of intentional partnerships. This is especially true among younger couples, and if therapists haven’t encountered this new reality already, they’ll soon need to know how to work with monogamy agreements and open-relationship structures. In this workshop, you’ll develop the skills necessary to help clients in alternative types of committed partnerships. You’ll explore:

  • What’s behind an open-marriage decision, including the search for individuation, intensity, and relational flexibility
  • How to support integrity in these new arrangements through transparency, honesty, and agreement on a new type of sexual fidelity
  • What clients will need to be able to negotiate flexible monogamy arrangements
  • The signs that an open marriage is working or failing, and how to help couples recover after an open-relationship betrayal


Tammy Nelson, PhD, is a board-certified sexologist, an AASECT certified supervisor, a certified Imago therapist, a licensed professional counselor, and the author of Getting the Sex You Want and The New Monogamy.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Tammy Nelson is in private practice. She receives royalties as an author for FairWinds Press and New Harbinger Press. Dr. Nelson receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Tammy Nelson has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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