Co-Creating Your Ideal Relationship Agreement

Taught by: Tammy Nelson, Ph.D., CST, CST-S, CSCT

Designed for: Therapists, counselors, mental health practitioners

Course includes: A 2-part recorded webinar


2.5 AASECT CEs available in these Core Knowledge Areas (CKAs): 
AASECT Human SexualityEducation Core Knowledge Areas (CKAs): B, E, I, K, M
AASECT Sex Therapist Content Areas: A, B, C, D, E, F
AASECT Sexuality Counseling Content Areas: N/A
AASECT Sexuality Educator Content Areas: N/A

ISTI Knowledge Categories: 2b, 3a

AASECT and ISTI Certification pathways

Examine your own biases and countertransference around monogamy and non-traditional relationships

Modern relationships today take many forms. Couples create them intentionally, with a focus on honesty, transparency, and equality. While these relationships fall all along the relationship spectrum, these relationship choices have in common the dilemma of personal and relational integrity. How do couples negotiate commitment, keep their promises, and find their personal sexual freedom at the same time?

This course looks at contemporary relationships and helps clinicians guide couples to create sustainable and flexible monogamy agreements that contribute positively to relational change.


Learning Objectives:

In this training, participants will:

  1. Explore 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. Explore how monogamy agreements affect and inform treatment interventions;
  4. Examine interventions for couples who want to create a new vision for their recovery and evaluate how this informs treatment outcomes.

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


Integrative Sex Therapy Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Integrative Sex Therapy Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
This program meets the educational requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 2.5 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 or go to  Please contact your local certifying organization for detailed information on courses they accept for CEs.


AASECT standards limit Human Sexuality Education Core Knowledge Areas (CKA) G, H, K, L as well as Sex Therapy Core Areas (CA) C, D to courses that are “time-sensitive and should have reasonable up-to-date information and training.” If you plan to use this course for these time-sensitive core knowledge areas, check carefully that they meet the limits of time-sensitive and up-to-date information. If you have questions about this requirement, please contact our Administrative Team.

This course was recorded online using the best technology at the time as a webinar and includes audio and video. Some recordings may have variable quality. If you have any needs for additional support accessing this course, please contact

The Integrative Sex Therapy Institute actively seeks out experts in the field of psychotherapy and related disciplines to serve as instructors and guest speakers for our courses. Many of these experts regularly publish materials in magazines, books, and academic and professional journals. They and other instructors may utilize these materials for instruction or refer to them as sources, which may result in financial benefit for the author(s).


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