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Let’s Talk About Sex: Developing Clinical Comfort & Competence Working with Sexual Issues in Psychotherapy

Suzanne Iasenza, PhD
Friday, Janaury 18, 2019, 1pm – 6pm
Saturday, January 19, 2019, 12noon – 4pm

Note: there are two spots remaining

Every winter WSPP invites a presenter from the previous year to return and do a more intimate (space-limited) seminar that allows us to follow up and discuss in more detail and include more clinical vignettes. Suzanne Iasenza’s seminar on talking about sex was so successful, that we have invited her back for this follow-up.

Sexuality issues can feel challenging in psychotherapy. Some psychotherapists feel unprepared to delve into the issues because they haven’t 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. This presentation will provide expansive models of sexual response and new approaches to standard sex therapy techniques. Case material will illustrate integration of psychodynamic, systems, and cognitive behavioral thinking. There will opportunities to delve further into treatment issues and clinical material.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify and explain the significance of various models of sexual response.
  • Participants will be able to identify contemporary sex therapy techniques.
  • Participants will be able to discuss how to integrate psychodynamic, systems, and cognitive behavioral approaches in working with sexual concerns.
  • Participants will be able to describe how to conduct a therapeutic sexual history.
  • Participants will be able to formulate expansive sexual treatment frames.
  • Participants will be able to discuss transference and countertransference working with Sexuality in psychotherapy.

Suzanne Iasenza, PhD is on the faculties of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP) and the Adelphi University Derner Institute’s Postgraduate Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. She also teaches in the workshop series at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She is co-editor of the books Lesbians and Psychoanalysis: Revolutions in Theory and Practice (1995) and Lesbians, Feminism, and Psychoanalysis: The Second Wave (2004) and maintains a private practice in psychotherapy and sex therapy in New York City. Her most recent paper, “What’s Queer About Sex: Expanding Sexual Frames in Theory and Practice” (2010) was published in the journal Family Process.

BCC Services Center, Room C
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-5323

Fee for WSPP members is $240; $375 for non-members. (Non-members are invited to join WSPP for $125.00 and save on registration.) This workshop earns 9 Continuing Education credits (sponsored by the APA).
Please register by emailing Lynn Hamerling. Once your space has been confirmed you will need to mail the registration fee.

Light refreshments will be offered 1/2 hour before (and during) the seminar.


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Our Mission

The Washington Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology is a local chapter of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the APA. We are an educational organization which offers workshops and short seminars on modern psychoanalytic ideas and approaches. We are open to practicing psychotherapists from all disciplines. In our seminars and short courses, we emphasize and foster a collegial atmosphere in which members and attendees learn from experienced, psychoanalytically-oriented clinicians, and in which all feel free to discuss the way the presenter’s ideas and approaches pertain to their own clinical experience. Over many years, we have developed a seminar format that actively welcomes the participation of all. For many, it is a rich and rewarding opportunity for professional growth and networking.

Our History

The Washington Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology was formed in 1981, at a time when psychoanalytic education was almost exclusively the domain of the medical profession in Washington, DC. The only option for psychologists seeking education in the psychoanalytic tradition was to join medical institutes which were only open to psychologists in a very limited fashion. In 1988, WSPP became an official local chapter of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association, the APA division interested in psychoanalysis. WSPP has always welcomed all practicing psychotherapists to its courses and seminars, and makes no distinction in membership between psychologists and psychotherapists with other credentials.