Hello, Loving Without Boundaries (LWB) community! My heart goes out to you during these challenging times. I hope you are doing your best to keep safe. Sharing inspirational stories of hope, inclusion, and healthy lifestyles are more important than ever. If you are looking for ways to connect with loved ones you are separated from, check out this blog post that I shared recently. On to another inspiring story…
I am absolutely honored to share my latest podcast interview that I released recently with Heath Schechinger and Amy Moors. I originally had the good fortune to meet Heath at Southwest Love Fest back in March of 2019, and was immediately impressed with him and his work on the APA (American Psychological Association) Consensual Non-Monogamy Task Force. I remember feeling so grateful (and a little nervous if I’m honest) that he came to my own Jealousy Survival Guide workshop at the conference. As I looked in the audience. I thought, “Oh my goodness, he’s here! In the audience! At my workshop! I better get my A-Game going. (and how COOL is this?)” – as I fanboyed him. Then it was absolutely fantastic to get to meet him in person when I attended his workshop and spoke to him after the presentation. I later was honored to meet Amy on multiple Zoom meetings as I got involved with the CNM Task Force where I am so grateful to have the opportunity to be a volunteer, alongside other heart-centered, highly intelligent, and thoughtful individuals. Heath and Amy sure know how to put together a powerful team of superheroes! It was a pleasure to catch up with them recently and hear about their ongoing research, as well as celebrate the fact that the task force is now a permanent committee with the American Psychological Association. Amy and Heath! I am so delighted and honored to be part of the team, leading the way creating more awareness, understanding, and opportunities for those coloring outside the lines of monogamy. You two are so dang inspiring, and I salute you and all of your hard work over the years, and I know for years to come! I love watching you champion sexual and relationship freedom daily!
Here are their bios:
Dr. Heath Schechinger is a licensed psychologist based in California, where he maintains a private practice in addition to his position as a Counseling Psychologist at UC Berkeley. Heath is also the Founding Co-Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Division 44 Committee on Consensual Non-Monogamy, Co-Founder of the Polyamory Legal Advocacy Coalition, and Advisor to the Kinsey Institute’s Haslam Collection on Polyamory.
Dr. Amy C. Moors is a psychologist who researches and teaches about LGBTQ+ issues, consensual non-monogamy, gender, and inclusion in higher education. Amy is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Faculty Affiliate in Engineering at Chapman University. She is also a Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University and Co-Chairs the American Psychological Association’s Division 44 Committee on Consensual Non-Monogamy. Amy’s goal is to use science to address social issues, such as discrimination, with the hope of moving up and onward (the name of her lab).
Some topics we discuss in this fun, informative, and entertaining interview:
- Their respective backgrounds and how that shaped their interest and desire to pursue their current careers and research interests.
- Common myths around consensual non-monogamy.
- Current data that dispel a lot of these myths.
- Findings related to some of their current research studies.
- Concerns regarding therapists’ knowledge and training with regard to consensual non-monogamy.
- Resources available through the APA Committee on Consensual Non-Monogamy.
- The importance and impact of the task force’s promotion to committee status.
- Tune in to listen to this fantastic podcast episode!
Thank you Amy and Heath, for being so awesomely generous with your time, and for sharing your research and related work with us via the podcast interview! It was enlightening, interesting, and so fun! Connect with Amy online via Twitter or her website. Connect with Heath online via Twitter, Facebook or his website. Check out the Committee’s website as well.
To hear the podcast, go to the Podcast link here and subscribe to the Loving Without Boundaries podcast, then check out Episode 171 with Heath Schechinger and Amy Moors. Also, please help spread awareness of alternative lifestyles and create more tolerance for consensual non-monogamy in the world at large by Rating and Reviewing the LWB podcast in iTunes. It only takes a few minutes.
If you would like to be interviewed either in written form or via audio on the podcast, please feel free to contact me and we will set something up. Thank you!
I recently have had the honor of being featured on these awesome podcasts:
Eitan Battat WERB 107.5 Radio Show, Father’s Day Show, June 16, 2021 – “My Dad and Me and The Music We Loved”
Practicing Polyamory Podcast, Episode 62 – “Telling Your Partner You Are Polyamorous”
Normalizing Non-Monogamy Podcast, Episode 179 as I share my story with them.
Indie Author Weekly Podcast, Episode 112 in which I talk about writing my book, “The Jealousy Survival Guide.”
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