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As co-chair of the APA Division 44 Consensual Non-monogamy Task Force, Dr. Schechinger is spearheading an effort to promote awareness and inclusivity about consensual non-monogamy and diverse expressions of intimate relationships. These include but are not limited to: people who practice polyamory, open relationships, swinging, relationship anarchy and other types of ethical non-monogamous relationships. Currently, there are over 75 volunteer members who are contributing to 12 Initiatives, ranging from creating recommendations for therapists, to generating research, and integrating CNM into LGBTQ resources.

Finding love and/or sexual intimacy is a central part of most people’s life experience. However, the ability to engage in desired intimacy without social and medical stigmatization is not a liberty for all. This task force seeks to address the needs of people who practice consensual non-monogamy, including their intersecting marginalized identities.

The goal of the task force is to generate research, create resources, and advocate for the inclusion of consensual non-monogamous relationships in the following four areas:
-Basic and applied research
-Education and training
-Psychological practice
-Public interest

How you can help

Check out the Task Force’s current initiatives to learn about ongoing projects and consider opting into the mailing list when you sign the Task Force’s petition to support relationship diversity. You can also follow the Task Force on Twitter and Facebook.

If you have questions, ideas, or want to send a kind word of appreciation, feel free to message the Task Force co-chairs (Drs. Amy Moors and Heath Schechinger) at Div44CNMTaskForce@gmail.com.

Consensual Non-monogamy Resources

Here are a few resources developed by Dr. Schechinger and other members of the APA Division 44 Consensual Non-monogamy Task Force