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Expanding Sexual Frames in Couples Therapy

Sponsored by the Couples Therapy Faculty

Presenter: Suzanne Iasenza, PhD

excerpt of t. brownSaturday, March 4, 2017

9:00AM to 5:00PM

(Check-in and coffee 8:30-9:00)

Fees and Credit Hours

Regular $180
Current WSP Members $120
Current WSP Students $60

Other students please contact the administrative office.

6 CE/CME credit hours

At the Washington School of Psychiatry, 5028 Wisconsin Ave. NW #400, Washington DC 20016.

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.

This workshop will provide expansive models of sexual response, a guide to conducting a therapeutic sexual history, and new approaches to sex therapy techniques. Case material will illustrate the integration of systems, psychodynamic, and cognitive behavioral thinking.

In the morning:

Models of Sexual Response, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity; Nuances of Working with LGBTQ Couples.

in the afternoon:

Theory and Technique of Sexual History Taking and Clinical Encounters; Sexual Menus; Sexual Mindfulness; Sensate Focus; The Intersection of Psychodynamics and Sex Therapy


Learning Objectives:

  1. To identify major models of the human sexual response cycle.
  2. To describe how to conduct a therapeutic sexual history.
  3. To formulate expansive sexual treatment frames.
  4. To describe new approaches to standard sex therapy techniques.


8:30-9:00AM Check-in, Registration

9:00AM-12:00PM (includes 10 minute break)

12:00-1:30PM Lunch

1:30-5:00PM (includes 10 minute break)


Suzanne Iasenza, PhD is on the 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). She recently published an article entitled: "What is Queer About Sex: Expanding Sexual Frames in Theory and Practice" in the journal Family Process She also teaches in the Workshop Series at the Ackerman Institute for the Family.


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Cancellations and Refunds

Refunds will be made for cancellations received at the School office in writing at least 10 days before the seminar date and are subject to a non-refundable administrative fee of $50.

Who should attend?

The workshop is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, physicians, medical students, and other graduate students.


The Washington School of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Washington School of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The School is approved by the Social Work Board of the State of Maryland as a provider of continuing education for social workers in DC, MD, VA and WV.

The Washington School of Psychiatry has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6388. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Washington School of Psychiatry is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

The School is accredited by MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School designates each session for a maximum of _ of AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Commercial Support and the Unlabeled use of a commercial product. No member of the planning committee and no member of the faculty for this event have a financial interest or other relationship with any commercial product.