Thu, Mar 04 | Online workshop

Distinguishing Between Consensual NonMonogamies and "Sex Addiction"

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Mar 04, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST
Online workshop

About the Event

This talk first introduces the six primary types of consensual nonmonogamy (CNM) most often practiced in the United States. We will define sex addiction and explain why the terminology of addiction is questionable, and introduces the alternative schema of problematic sexual behavior. Finally, we will explore the differences between CNM and and problematic sexual behavior, as well as their possible overlaps. The session closes with time for questions.

By the end of this session, attendees will be able to: 

1) Distinguish between consensual nonmonogamy and sexual addiction.

2) Explain the primary features of consensual nonmonogamy.

3) Explain the primary features of problematic sexual behavior.

Presenter Bio: 

Dr. Elisabeth “Eli” Sheff is a researcher, expert witness, coach, speaker, and educational consultant. With a PhD in Sociology and certification as a Sexuality Educator from the AASECT (the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists), Dr. Sheff specializes in gender and sexual minority families, consensual non-monogamy, and kink/BDSM. Sheff is the foremost academic expert on polyamorous families with children, and her 25-year Polyamorous Family Study is the only longitudinal study of poly families with children to date.

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