Expanding Sexual Frames in Theory and Practice in Couples Therapy

Sexuality issues are often the elephant in the room in couples psychotherapy. Some couples therapists feel unprepared to delve into sexual issues because they have not had sufficient training in human sexuality. Others feel challenged by the complexities and mysteries of common presenting problems such as the effects of trauma on sexuality or the influence of desire on couple sexuality. Suzanne Iasenza, PhD will provide expansive models of sexual response, how to conduct a therapeutic sexual history, and co-creating expansive therapeutic frames that include new approaches to standard sex therapy techniques. The presentation will use case material to illustrate the integration of systems, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral thinking as well as the nuances of working with same sex and gender variant couples.


suzanne-iasenza-jpgSuzanne Iasenza, PhD,
is faculty at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and the Postgraduate Program in Couples and Family Therapy of Adelphi University’s Derner Institute. She is co-editor of Lesbians and Psychoanalysis: Revolutions in Theory and Practice (1995) and Lesbians, Feminism, and Psychoanalysis: The Second Wave (2004). Her most recent article entitled: “What is Queer About Sex: Expanding Sexual Frames in Theory and Practice” was published in the journal Family Process. She is a member of the Ackerman Couples Therapy Project along with Michele Scheinkman, LCSW, Jean Malpas, LMHC, LMFT and Peggy Papp, LCSW.

Date: Friday, January 27, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition: $135
CEUs for NYS: 6
CEUs for NASW – CT: 5




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