A Look at Modern Relationships


Dr. Tammy Nelson and special guest speaker Georgia Berry present a course on modern relationships including discussions of polyamory, open relationships, and swingers. Recorded lecture at the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute. 3 CEs (asynchronous)


Polyamory, Swinging, and Open Marriage:

the Past, Present, and Future of Non-Monogamy

Taught by: Tammy Nelson, Ph.D. with guest speaker Georgia Berry, M.A., LMFTA

Designed for: Therapists, counselors, mental health practitioners (Intermediate)

Course includes: A 3-part recorded webinar.

3 AASECT CEs available in these Core Knowledge Areas (CKAs): 

AASECT Core Knowledge Areas Sex Ed: B, E, I, K, M

AASECT Core Knowledge Areas Sex Therapy: A, B, C, D, E, F

ISTI Knowledge Categories: 2b, 3a

Modern relationships today take many forms. They are created intentionally, with honesty, transparency, and with equality. The challenge for therapists is to help with therapeutic acumen, free of judgment, creating an environment of safety, where personal and relational integrity can lead to positive outcomes.  This course gives therapists the tools to guide couples and individuals through commitment, and individualism while maneuvering through conflict. The course looks at the role of historical, contemporary, and future relationship styles and will review ways sustainable and flexible monogamy agreements can contribute positively to relational change.  Therapists can learn to guide without judgment, examining their own biases and countertransference. The course includes special guest speaker Georgia Berry discussing ‘Owning a Swing Club.’

Explore contemporary styles of monogamy and open relationships and learn tools to help couples communicate, and create them intentionally, with honesty, transparency, and equality.

Identify how to help clients co-create their ideal relationship agreements after conflict and betrayal.

Expand understanding of sustainable relationships in various forms by identifying explicit dialogues couples can use to create positive outcomes in potentially conflictual relationships.

Learning Objectives:

In this training, participants will:

    1. Understand monogamy issues as relational dilemmas and how specific behavioral interventions can decrease conflict in therapy;
    2. Identify specific behavioral interventions for open monogamy as they relate to dilemmas such as betrayal, trauma, and infidelity;
    3. Understand how monogamy agreements affect and inform treatment interventions;
    4. Understand interventions for couples who want to create a new vision for their recovery and evaluate how this informs treatment outcomes;
    5. Evaluate a case study to analyze the efficacy of an intervention with a couple creating a new monogamy agreement for their recovery.

Meet your instructor:

Tammy Nelson Ph.D. is a sexologist and relationship therapist, an international speaker, and author of several books including, “Integrative Sex & Couples Therapy“, “Getting the Sex You Want; Shed Your Inhibitions and Reach New Heights of Passion Together“, “The New Monogamy; Redefining Your Relationship After Infidelity“, and “When You’re the one Who Cheats“. Her new book, “Open Monogamy; A Guide to Creating Your Ideal Relationship Agreement“, will be out with Sounds True Publishing in December 2021. She is a TEDx speaker and the host of the podcast The Trouble with Sex. She is also the founder and Director of Integrative Sex Therapy Institute and the Director of the Ph.D. in Counseling and Sex Therapy program at Daybreak University in Southern California. You can find Dr. Tammy at www.drtammynelson.com


Georgia Berry, M.A., LMFTA completed her Master’s in Counseling Psychology at Saint Martin’s University. She continues to work towards full licensure as well as certification as a sex therapist in her private practice in Lacey, Washington.



**This course meets the educational requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 3 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information please contact info@assect.org or go to www.AASECT.org. Please contact your local certifying organization for detailed information.

The Integrative Sex Therapy Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Integrative Sex Therapy Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

There is no known commercial support for this program.