Public interest in non-monogamy has increased over the last couple of decades and is practised by people of different and varied backgrounds. Despite this, non-monogamy is still considered to sit outside of societal expectations, and many in non-monogamous relationships experience shame and stigma, which can have a significant and negative impact on mental, physical, and overall well-being.

It is vital that as health practitioners we are aware of our own internal biases around non-monogamy. This training gives you the knowledge and frameworks to increase your awareness so you can avoid pathologising clients, misunderstanding a client's presenting issues, and repeating harmful and oppressive attitudes.

This training will draw on clinical experience working with clients in all types of relationship structures to help outline the principles and practice of working inclusively with non-monogamous clients.

CPD hours: 3.5

Hi! I'm Your Trainer, Javiera Dastres

Javiera (she/her) is a psychologist and Board-approved supervisor, and she is a Senior Psychologist at SHIPS. She is sex positive, LGBTIQA+ inclusive, kink-friendly, sex work positive, neurodiversity affirming, and welcoming of all relationship structures.

Javiera has a wealth of experience working across correctional, community and private practice settings, and she has completed a Master of Science in Medicine (Sexual and Reproductive Health) in Psychosexual Therapy. Non-monogamy has always been an interest and passion for Javiera, and she has developed publicly available resources to help people better understand and approach non-monogamy.

Javiera is passionate about supporting allied health professionals in creating psychologically safe spaces for their clients, especially for clients who experience stigma and marginalisation due to their relationship structures. Javiera values and appreciates the vulnerability required to reflect on and address internalised biases, and she has seen the benefits of when clients are shown a new experience of acceptance and connection by their practitioners.

Practice, step-by-step learning

Learn from Javiera's clinical experience and the latest research.

Download a glossary of relationship terms

Have an up-to-date reference guide on hand.

Join a community of like-minded peers

Attend a 1 hour group supervision following on from the online modules. Consolidate your learning and meet passionate peers.

Training Curriculum

  Introduction (Total listening time 5:39)
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  What is non-monogamy? (Total listening time 6:00)
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  Inclusive practice (Total listening time 4:08)
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  The six common misconceptions of non-monogamy (Total listening time 8:30)
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  Internal biases on non-monogamy (Total listening time 5:17)
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  Treatment focus and targets (Total listening time 4:07)
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  Between-Care (Total listening time 9:14)
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  Inclusive language (Total listening time 5:12)
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  Summary, resources and further training (Total listening time 1:47)
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Suitable for:

  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Counsellors
  • Nurses
  • Psychiatrists
  • Sex therapists
  • GPs
  • Students undertaking education in all of the above

Level of experience required:

  • Undertaking or completed qualifications in psychology or above disciplines
  • No experience with sexual therapy necessary

What is included:

  • Lectures and Slides
  • Resources list
  • Reflective activities¬†
  • List of terms and definitions
  • 1 hour group supervision led by Dr Sarah Ashton, following completion of the course
  • Certificate of completion


  • 1.5-2.5 hours, plus 1 hour group supervision
  • CPD hours: 3.5

Duration of Access: 

Unlimited. Once you sign up, you can take as long as you like to complete the course

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Part 1: How to Start Talking to Your Partner About Non-Monogamy

Part 2: How to Start a Non-Monogamous Relationship

Part 3: How to Maintain a Non-Monogamous Relationship

The Ethics and Ways of Telling Someone that you are Non-Monogamous

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