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Digital Seminar

Agreements That Last

Essential Skills for Consensually Non-Monogamous Relationships

Martha Kauppi, MS, LMFT, CST-S
2 Hours
Audio and Video
Mar 23, 2024
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Whether you see individuals or couples, more clients than ever need help navigating open relationships. Problem is: many therapists don’t know how to help, and even more aren’t sure polyamory can even work. In this workshop, you’ll get a robust introduction to clinical work with non-monogamous clients and explore one of the most important aspects of well-functioning polyamory: clear agreements. You’ll learn: 

  • A practical, easy-to-implement approach to support you clients in making clear, effective relationship agreements that last 
  • The key relational patterns that lead to broken agreements, and how to support clients in developing more effective strategies 
  • How to adapt your favourite structured conversation process to support effective agreement-making in real time  
  • What goes into making an effective repair following a broken agreement 


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 2 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Martha Kauppi, MS, LMFT, CST-S, is a therapist, author, speaker, and educator specializing in complex relational therapy, sex issues, and consensual non-monogamy. She is the author of Polyamory: A Clinical Toolkit for Therapists (and Their Clients).


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Martha Kauppi is the founding director of the Institute for Relational Intimacy and maintains a private practice. She receives royalties as a published author. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Martha Kauppi is an author with Psychotherapy Networker. She is a blogger for

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  1. Debate myths about polyamory and provide accurate information. 
  2. List the three parts of differentiation of self that are required to make an effective agreement. 
  3. Describe at least 3 aspects of healthy, well-functioning polyamory. 
  4. Discuss the most important component of an effective repair. 


  • Defining key terms of consensual non monogamy 
  • Evidence and myths related to CNM 
  • Working with therapist bias 
  • Conceptualizing CNM-related cases 
  • Working with secrecy, conflict avoidance couples' agreements and more 
  • The 6 essential aspects of a healthy, well-functioning polyamory 
  • A step-by-step guide to facilitating a strong repair 
  • Limitations to the research

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Counsellors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Social Workers

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