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Center for Relationship Studies

Psychoanalysis, Relationships, and Sex: New Thinking and New

Mark Blechner, PhD, presenter

Stacy Malin, PhD, case presenter

October 28, 2017, 8:45AM-5PM

(Check-in/registration and continental breakfast, 8:45-9:15AM)

Fees and Credits

Regular fee $180
Current WSP members: $120
Current WSP students: $60

6 CE/CME credits

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

Dr. Blechner will describe major changes in the psychodynamic understanding of sexuality.  

  • Topics covered will include gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual excitement, sexual patterning and paraphilias.
  • Discussion will integrate scientific findings from sexology, sociology, medicine, and psychology to understand sexuality issues that arise in working with those who identify as heterosexual or LGBTQ.
  • Clinical examples will be used to illustrate how sexual issues are raised and explored in psychotherapy, how they may appear in the treatment relationship, and how therapy can help a person understand and enhance sexual experience.
  • Therapist resistance to listening to, understanding, and working with sexual patterns will be explored.
  • The role of societal, legal, religious, prejudicial, and other constraints on the expression of gender and sexuality will be addressed.



For the morning lecture:

  1. Participants will describe changes in psychodynamic understanding of gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual excitement, sexual patterning, and paraphilias.
  2. Participants will describe how sexual issues are raised and explored in psychotherapy, including how they may appear in the treatment relationship.
  3. Participants will explain how sexual excitement can bind erotic experience with other emotions and motivations.
  4. Participants will examine their emotional responses to descriptions of a variety of sexual expressions and activities.

For the case presentation:

  1. Participants will describe countertransference responses to working with a couple in a sexless relationship. 
  2. Participants will describe techniques for helping resistant couples to articulate sexual problems and issues.



Mark J. Blechner, PhD, is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute, and Clinical Professor and Supervisor at the New York University Post-Doctoral Program in Psychoanalysis. He has published three books: Sex Changes: Transformations in Society and Psychoanalysis (2009); The Dream Frontier (2001); and Hope and Mortality: Psychodynamic Approaches to AIDS and HIV (1997). He is former Editor-in-Chief of the journal Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He is in private practice in New York City, where he also leads private dream groups.

Dr Stacy Malin, is a relational psychoanalyst, psychologist, couples therapist and supervisor with a full-time practice in individual and couples therapy in New York City.  A graduate of both the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and NYU's postdoctoral program in psychoanalytic couples therapy, Dr. Malin is devoted to providing an integrative approach to couples therapy that incorporates psychoanalytic thinking with other perspectives, including psychobiological-based and attachment-focused orientations.  


Schedule (tentative)

8:45 - 9:15AM Coffee And Registration
9:15 - 12:20 Morning Program
12:20 - 1:40PM Lunch Break
1:40 - 5PM Afternoon Program




Online registration has closed, but there are spaces available, so you may register at the door.


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 6_ 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.