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Mono-Poly Relationships in Therapy

Presenter: Stephanie M. Sullivan, MS, LMFT

Recorded Webinar

2 CEs

A graphic of two heads symbolizing a mono/poly relationship. The feminine head on the left has multiple people in it representing the multiple people on her mind. The masculine head on the right has one person in it representing the one person he has on his mind.



Relationships in which one person is monogamous and another person is polyamorous - commonly referred to as mono-poly relationships - are often deemed to be one of the most difficult relationship configurations possible. This may be due to how the mono-poly relationship begins, or due to how each person sees their own future in the relationship, or the fact that they each may want their relationship to operate differently. Many mono-poly dynamics can be healthy and happy, while others can feel harmful to one or more people. Clinicians who are working with consensually non-monogamous communities are bound to eventually work with clients who have a mono-poly relationship structure. 

This course will provide foundational knowledge about working with mono-poly relationship structures. It will introduce the different ways mono-poly relationships may come about, as well as establish relevant terminology and concepts for this community. This course will help psychotherapists identify and assist clients who are navigating common dynamics within this relationship configuration. Participants will learn about the relationship orientation spectrum, discuss therapeutic tools for a mono-poly couple, and explore common clinical considerations for a mono-poly relationship through drawing on family systems theories and attachment theory. The course will be a mix of lecture and discussion, drawing on real-world de-identified case examples. 

Learning Objectives

After participants complete this course, they should be able to:

  • Identify at least three reasons clients may be in a mono-poly relationship dynamic.
  • Discuss the relationship orientation spectrum and define two orientations on the spectrum. 
  • Identify the three main components of differentiation of self, and assess whether each partner in a mono-poly relationship is able to interact in a differentiated way. 

About The Presenter

Stephanie M. SullivanStephanie M. Sullivan, MS, LMFT, CCTP-II (she/her) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with her own private practice, Attunement LLC. She is licensed in the state of Michigan and sees clients all over Michigan via teletherapy. As a therapist, Stephanie specializes in anxiety, trauma, sexuality, polyamorous relationships, and other forms of consensual non-monogamy. Stephanie also works as a relationship empowerment coach with people from all over the world at her other business, Color Your Name LLC. She specializes in helping her coaching clients create the relationships they want with themselves and their partners, and works with individuals, couples, and multi-partner relationships on navigating polyamorous relationships. She also offers speaking engagements, education, and consultation.


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Licensed therapists who work in nonprofits price is $35 (Use coupon code: monopolyNP  at checkout)

Student/pre-licensed price is $29 (Use coupon code: monopolyPL at checkout)

You can also get access to this course and all other courses with our memberships.

Annual Membership


Lifetime Membership

Completion Requirements

Live Event
  • To get CE credit for the live event, you need to be present for the entire course.
  • You will be asked to sign in and out in the chat box in order to track attendance during breaks.
  • We will email you your certificate of attendance within 48 hours of the course.
  • This presentation will be recorded and available as a homestudy approximately two weeks after the live event.
  • Your active participation will contribute and enhance the learning of participants that complete the recorded homestudy version.
Home Study
  • You will need to take the post-test with at least a 80% score in order to receive your certificate for a home study course.

Additional Information

Instruction Level

This course is meant for an intermediate audience.

Who should Attend

Psychologists, counselors, and marriage and family therapists and social workers.


Live, virtual presentation with the opportunity for interaction with the presenter. This course will be available as a recorded homestudy approximately two weeks after the event.

Financial Support

The Affirmative Couch pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest

There is no reported conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Contact Information

For any inquiries related to subject matter, problem resolution, corrections, grievances, or anything else, please contact us.


The Affirmative Couch will work to accommodate reasonable accommodations requests. Requests can be emailed with “accommodation request” in the subject line. Requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Continuing Education Approvals

APA ApprovedThe Affirmative Couch, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Affirmative Couch, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Buy Now

Licensed therapists who work in nonprofits price is $35 (Use coupon code: monopolyNP  at checkout)

Student/pre-licensed price is $29 (Use coupon code: monopolyPL at checkout)

You can also get access to this course and all other courses with our memberships.

Annual Membership


Lifetime Membership

Module 1 Recorded Webinar
Unit 1 Recorded Webinar and Course Materials  
Unit 2 Course Post Test  
Unit 3 Post Course Survey  
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