As co-chairs of the Consensual Non-Monogamy Task Force, we couldn’t be more excited to join the APA’s Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (Division 44). Finding love and/or sexual intimacy is a central part of most people’s life experience, but the ability to engage in desired intimacy without 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.

Within our first year, our initial team (Drs. Heath Schechinger, Amy Moors, and Michelle Vaughan) accomplished several key projects, including creating brochures for mental and medical healthcare providers, suggesting language for assessing relationship style on demographic forms, designing a tool to highlight inclusive clinical practices, and contributing to a Consensual non-monogamies Literature List. We are also petitioning multiple mental and medical health care provider directories to make it easier to search for and find providers who are CNM-affirming. We also published the largest study to date addressing effective therapy practices with clients engaged in consensual non-monogamy in the Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology.

Additionally, we have given presentations at national conferences, written blog posts, and had our work with the Task Force featured by a number of outlets, including Vogue Australia, Goop, Time Magazine, Fatherly Magazine, National Coalition of Sexual Freedom, Polyamory in the News, and Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. We are currently in the process of being interviewed for several more.

We also recruited a diverse group of activists and scholars from across the world to volunteer for the Task Force. Currently, we have welcomed over 80 professionals to serve as co-leads and contributors to our 12 initiatives. We also have an Advisory Board to create a network of advisors/mentors that can provide advice or feedback to us and the co-leads on projects relevant to their expertise.

The CNM Task Force is excited about all the enthusiasm and support we’ve received and are thrilled to see what lies ahead. If you’re interested in getting involved, we invite you to join our mailing list when you sign our petition to support relationship diversity. You can also follow us on Twitter or Facebook for relevant resources and prevalent updates. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at div44cnm@gmail.com. We look forward to growing as an integral part of APA’s Division 44 and the larger CNM community!

Heath & Amy

Heath Schechinger, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist, University Health Services, University of California, Berkeley
Advisor, The Kenneth R. Haslam Collection on Polyamory, The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University

Amy Moors, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Chapman University
Research Fellow, The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University