Designer Relationships
Instructors: Mark A. Michaels & Patricia Johnson
14 Course Hours | Elective Course

What does it mean to design a relationship? True relationship freedom means having the ability and the tools to choose partners that align with how you really want to be in a relationship. But how do you do that?


Here’s what you will learn:

  • Various relationship styles and their benefits
  • How multifaceted monogamy really is
  • How monogamy and consensual non-monogamy are related and how they differ
  • Skills to approach relationships more intentionally
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More than any other time in history, people have the option to have relationships that might be considered non-traditional. Monogamy isn’t the only option anymore.

More people are choosing Consensual Non-Monogamy and alternative ways of being in relationships. You should be prepared to work with and inspire polyamorous clients and their partners just as easily as would your monogamous clients.

Do you feel up to the task?

Learn more about this multi-faceted and incredibly current course:

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In Designer Relationships, you will examine what the benefits are for monogamy and consensual non-monogamy and how to explore these benefits with your clients. You will also get a more nuanced understanding of what it takes to create an intentional relationship.

This is important for helping those clients who are looking to enter a non-monogamous relationship or couples who want to explore consensual non-monogamy by opening up their monogamous relationship.

One of the biggest challenges of helping clients discover the right relationship for them is dispelling all of the myths surrounding non-traditional relationship styles. The best relationship style for your client might also be something that they have strong feelings against.

Don’t you want to learn how to help your clients create satisfying relationships that really work for them?
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Your Instructors, Mark A. Michaels & Patricia Johnson

Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson are the authors of the new book Designer Relationships: A Guide to Happy Monogamy, Positive Polyamory, and Optimistic Open Relationships (Cleis Press, September 2015). A devoted married couple, they have been creative collaborators––teaching and writing about relationships, sexuality, and Tantra––since 1999.

In addition to Designer Relationships, they have written Partners in Passion (Cleis Press), Great Sex Made Simple, Tantra for Erotic Empowerment, and The Essence of Tantric Sexuality (Llewellyn). They are also the creators of the COVR Award-winning meditation CD set “Ananda Nidra: Blissful Sleep”.

Michaels is a graduate of New York University School of Law and holds master’s degrees in American Studies from NYU and Yale. Formerly a playwright and translator, he has translated, adapted, and co-written various works for the stage. Johnson is a retired professional operatic soprano who toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. She currently works in turtle conservation; she is certified in reptile monitoring by the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation and is a New York state-licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

Internationally known as experts in sexuality, Michaels and Johnson have taught throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Europe, and Australia. They have been featured on television and radio and widely quoted in numerous publications. They are cofounders of the “Pleasure Salon”, a monthly gathering in New York City that brings together sex-positive people and pleasure activists from a variety of communities.

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Many clients will come to you for help finding and defining relationships that work for them. Others will be in search of guidance on how to manage relationships with multiple partners. It is up to you to get the skills you need to help your clients create the relationships they truly deserve.

We all want happy, healthy and satisfying erotic lives.  For some, that could mean designing relationships that might not look like everyone else’s. You can give your clients the information and confidence to make good decisions that are based on their very personal definitions of what make them happy. How rewarding is that?

Designer relationships are those that are created (or co-created) to fit the needs and desires of those in them. That takes a lot of work! Your clients who are ready to do this work with you will need your support and guidance, so sign up for Designer Relationships now!

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Studying Designer Relationships with Sexology University has tremendous rewards! Here’s everything you’ll get:


  • Instant access to the course – you can start TODAY
  • State of the art 24/7 online learning platform – study from anywhere, anytime
  • Expert video lecture from Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson, internationally renowned relationship experts, authors and educators
  • 14 hours of focused learning, implementing cutting-edge adult education techniques
  • Expert, personalized review of your work & feedback from Sexology University faculty

 Course Fees (Including INSTANT ENROLLMENT): $397

Sexology University is proud to present Designer Relationships as an elective course. Designer Relationships is a premium course taught by Mark A. Michaels & Patricia Johnson. Take this course as part of our Clinical Sexology Certification Program, or à la carte to supplement your practice.

You can order this course here and you will receive instant access and instant enrollment today.