Expanding Sexual Frames in Theory and Practice in Couple Psychotherapy [Online]

Sexuality issues are often the elephant in the room in couple psychotherapy. Some couple 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 sexual desire on couple sexuality.

This online workshop will provide expensive 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. Case material will illustrate the integration of systems, psychodynamic, and cognitive behavioral thinking as well as the nuances of working with same sex and gender variant couples.

Learning Objectives:

  • To identify and explain major models of human sexual response, sexual orientation, and gender identity
  • To discuss how to conduct and utilize a sexual history in treatment planning
  • To identify contemporary sex therapy techniques that integrate psychodynamic, systems, and cognitive behavioral approaches


Suzanne Iasenza, PhD, is Faculty at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP) and the Postgraduate Program in Couple and Family Therapy at Adelphi University’s Derner Institute. She is also a member of Ackerman’s Project on Couples and and Intimacies. Her latest book, Transforming Sexual Narratives: A Relational Approach to Sex Therapy was published by Routledge (2020).

Date / Time:

Friday, October 23, 2020
1:00 pm–4:00 pm

Continuing Education:

3 CE Contact Hours

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