Hello! I am super excited to share some big news with you, my treasured community!
As previously shared, I have been proud to be a part of American Psychological Association (APA) Division 44 Task Force, which promotes awareness and inclusivity about consensual non-monogamy (CNM). And, now I am even prouder! We are now the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 44 Committee on Consensual Non-Monogamy!
Our past three years of advancing research, clinical practice, and education related to CNM within (and outside of) the field of psychology has landed us permanent committee status.
- Open-access fact sheet on CNM (currently in peer review) that can be shared to help educate the field, media, and general public about CNM
- White papers and letter that led to Psychology Today and APA Psychologist Locator to add search terms for CNM and kink on their therapist directory – Psychology Today’s new direct search link can be found here.
- Drafted a new guideline addressing CNM within the APA’s guidelines for psychological practice with LGB clients
- Organized several CNM interest group sessions at national conferences and brought several colleagues together for symposium related to CNM
- Conducted a study and created a best practices document for assessing relationship structure on clinical demographic forms (currently under review by Div 44)
- Created a brochure in collaboration with the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom about CNM for mental healthcare providers (currently under review by Div 44)
- Created a pamphlet on CNM-inclusive practices for mental and medical healthcare providers (currently under review by Div 44)
- Partnered with Archives for Sexual Behavior to create and edit a Special Issue dedicated exclusively to CNM scholarship that generated nearly 70 proposals
- Conducted a mixed method study aimed at understanding people engaged in CNM and their intersecting marginalized identities (two academic papers in progress)
- Creating a brochure addressing the intersection of LGBTQIA and CNM
- Creating open-access resource hubs for current research on CNM, lesson plans, and PowerPoint slides to help professors incorporate the topic of CNM in college classrooms (e.g., counseling psychology courses, intro to psychology courses, etc.)
- Generating research on CNM-intersecting identities and legal issues impacting the CNM community
This is truly an historic moment and I am thrilled to be sharing this with all of you!
With love and gratitude,
Kitty Chambliss, PCC, CPC, ELI-MP
Founder, Loving Without Boundaries