Couple Therapy at the Expanding Boundaries of Coupledom: 1) Morning Program: When One is Not Enough...Consensual Nonmonogamy. 2) Afternoon Program: Can Couples Change Gender?...Exploring Gender Identity

  • Saturday, December 05, 2020
  • Online


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:


This day consists of two separate programs.
You can register for ONE or BOTH programs.

Agreement to Maintain Confidentiality of Protected Clinical Information

I understand that I will be hearing clinical material in this course that must be kept strictly confidential and not discussed or disseminated in any form outside of the course. This includes personal recording, photos, or storing of digital content. This means that I need to view the on-line program in a private place where it cannot be overheard or observed.

I further understand that although the clinical material will be heavily disguised, if I recognize the person being presented I will leave the session immediately. I can contact the PCFINE administrator, Alice Rapkin at 781-433-0906 or through the PCFINE website,, for a refund.

Confirmation of your agreement will be made during the Registration process.

MORNING PROGRAM: 9:00am - 12:00pm EST  (2.5 CEs)

When One is Not Enough: Working with Couples Exploring Consensual Nonmonogamy

Magdalena Fosse, Psy.D., MA, MS, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist

Polyamory and, more broadly, consensual nonmonogamy are becoming a relational choice for an increasing number of couples. The dynamics of excitement and rejection are at the core of many of these relationships. In this on-line workshop, Dr. Magdalena Fosse will draw from her extensive experience working with consensually nonmonogamous individuals and couples, elaborating on selected theories and providing rich case material. The theories presented will include monogamy and polyamory as strategic identities, the self-expansion model, and the role of defenses in polyamorous dynamics. With these theoretical models in mind, Magdalena Fosse, Psy.D. will discuss the impact on monogamous relationships of opening up the relationship and will examine the experience of becoming polyamorous. She will describe pleasures and pressures associated with the exploration of polyamory.

Magdalena Fosse’s approach combines relative neutrality and an open-minded embrace of nontraditional lifestyle choices. She will demonstrate how to create a flexible and safe therapeutic environment in which relational fluidity can be explored. As part of this program, Jenn Bortle, Ph.D., a specialist in working with LGBTQ and nonmonogamous couples, will present to Dr. Fosse her work with a couple exploring themes relevant to Dr. Fosse’s presentation.

Magdalena J. Fosse, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist and AASECT certified sex therapist in private practice in Cambridge, MA. She is on the board and the faculty at PCFINE, where she teaches about sexuality in couple therapy. She is also involved in a research project on Optimal Erotic Experiences at the University of Ottawa. Her expertise is in nonnormative relationships, from gender nonconformity to polyamory and, more broadly, consensual nonmonogamy. She has an upcoming book with Routledge, entitled The Many Faces of Polyamory: Longing and Belonging in Concurrent Relationships (Spring, 2021).

Jenn Bortle, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice in Cambridge and Newburyport. She specializes in working with LGBTQ and nonmonogamous adults. Jenn is past president of the Massachusetts Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology (MAPP) and a graduate of PCFINE’s training program.

AFTERNOON PROGRAM: 1:00pm - 4:30pm EST  (3.0 CEs)

Can Couples Change Gender?
Supporting Couples Exploring Gender Identity

Jean Malpas, LMHC, LMFT

This on-line, interactive workshop will be taught by Jean Malpas, LMHC, LMFT, a leader in the intersecting fields of gender, sexuality, couple and family therapy. It will examine the role of the couple therapist when working with couples exploring gender identity and transition and the shifting relational terrain this entails.

Departing from the historically cis-normative practices of couple and family therapy, Mr. Malpas will identify gender-affirming stances and practices that couple therapists, specifically cisgender-identified ones, can adopt to facilitate the exploration of these issues with humility, warmth and skill. He will use clinical case presentations to demonstrate the use of systemic, social justice and multigenerational frameworks when working with racially and gender-diverse couples.

Jean Malpas, LMHC, LMFT, is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City and the Founding Director of the Gender & Family Project at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. He has presented nationally and internationally on topics related to gender, sexuality, couple therapy and family therapy. His work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, couples and families has been published in numerous books and journals. Media appearances include the TEDx Talk, "The Gift of Gender Authenticity," National Geographic's "Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric," PBS's Frontline: "Growing Up Trans," The Atlantic, The New York Times and more. Jean's groundbreaking work with gender diverse couples and families has been recognized by the Stonewall Community Foundation's 2016 Visionary Award and the American Therapy Academy Social Justice 2018 Award.

Registration Fees & CEs

A limited number of scholarships are available for these workshops. If interested, please contact Alice Rapkin at

When One is Not Enough

9:00-12:00  (2.5 CEs)

 $75  $90  $30 
Can Couples Change Gender?
1:00-4:30  (3.0 CEs)
 $75   $90   $30 
 BOTH Programs (5.5 CEs)  $140  $170   $50 

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