Ackerman Institute’s Seventh-Annual Spring Conference
The Ackerman Institute’s seventh-annual spring conference concluded an engaging full-day of learning with more that 140 mental health professionals in attendance.
A keynote address by Shannon Sennott, Deepening Sexuality & Gender Expression: Couple Therapy in the 21st Century, presented challenges to popular assumptions about contemporary couple therapy practice. Practitioners in attendance were encouraged to think anew about notions of intersectionality, and were provided an opportunity to bring new ideas of gender and sexuality into their practice.
A panel discussion of highly experienced couple and sex therapists responded to the ideas presented in Sennott’s address. Speakers included Suzanne Iazenza, PhD; Ian Kerner, PhD, LMFT; Jean Malpas, LMFT, LMHC; and Luiz Ramirez, MSW, LCSW, DSW. Astin Brown, LCSW moderated the discussion.
Following the panel, conference attendees selected from four concurrent workshops designed to further explore gender and sexuality in couple therapy.
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Ackerman Institute for the Family’s Seventh Annual Spring Conference, Deepening Sexuality & Gender Expression: Couple Therapy in the 21st Century was held at the UJA-Federation of New York on March 23, 2018.