Some couple therapists feel unprepared to delve into sexual issues because they have not had sufficient training in human sexuality and don’t know how to integrate sexuality into couple psychotherapy.

  1. How does one raise the topic of sexuality if the couple doesn’t?
  2. What is the proper timing?
  3. How does one conduct assessment and develop a treatment frame to work on sexuality?

This workshop will describe expansive models of sexual response, offer guidelines for conducting a sexual history, and outline steps toward co-creating sexual frames that integrate new approaches to standard sex therapy techniques, systemic couple thinking and psychodynamic formulations.

At the conclusion of the conference, attendees will be able to:

1. Identify major models of the human sexual response cycle.
2. Explain how to formulate expansive therapeutic frames to treat sexual issues in psychodynamic couple psychotherapy.
3. Describe new approaches to standard sex therapy techniques.

This conference is appropriate for mental health professionals at all levels of experience and offers 3 CEs.

About our presenter:

Suzanne Iasenza, PhD is on the faculties of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP) in NYC 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 papers, “What’s Queer About Sex: Expanding Sexual Frames in Theory and Practice” (2010) and “Transforming Sexual Narratives” (2016) were published in Family Process  and The Psychotherapy Networker, respectively.

Registration Fees:

Free for ICP+P Members        $90 for Non-members           $30 for Unaffiliated Students


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Refunds will be made up to 10 days before the conference date.

Continuing education credit: 3 CE credits available for full attendance. The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP+P) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ICP+P maintains responsibility for this program and its content. ICP+P is approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to offer Category I continuing education credit. Because ICP+P has approval from the Maryland Board, CE credits hours awarded by ICP+P may also be claimed by social workers licensed in Virginia and the District of Columbia. These continuing education credits meet the ANCC standards for nurses. Marriage and family therapists licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia may submit these CE credits to their licensing boards. (Marriage and family therapists in other jurisdictions and licensed counselors should inquire with their local Boards regarding continuing education credit.) Attendees from the above professional groups will earn 3.0 CE credits for attending the conference. Full attendance is required to receive the designated CE credit. ICP+P is accredited by MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ICP+P designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CE Credit is granted to participants with documented attendance at individual workshops and completed evaluation forms for those sessions. Credit will not be granted to registrants who are more than 15 minutes late or depart more than 15 minutes early from a session. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the scheduled start time of 9:00 am to allow time to check in.

* Suzanne Iasenza, PhD and the planners have informed us that they do not have a conflict of interest and have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationship with any commercial interests pertaining to this educational activity. Additionally, the presenters have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during this presentation. This presentation will not contain any references to off-­label (non-­FDA approved) use of products or devices.