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Suzanne Iasenza, PhD

  • 19 Sep 2015
  • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • New Haven Lawn Club


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Suzanne Iasenza, PhD

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

Presenter Suzanne Iasenza, PhD 

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 systems, psychodynamic, and cognitive behavioral thinking as well as working across same and mixed sex couples. 

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.  


The New Haven Lawn Club

193 Whitney Ave, New Haven

Conference Schedule

10:00 – 10:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:30 – 12:30 Presentation


The conference is appropriate for professionals interested in the practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The instructional level of this conference is intermediate.


Following the presentation a small group has lunch with the presenter. If you would like to join us, please email  Ellen Nasper, Ph.D.  by Monday, September 14, 2015.   A limited number of seats are available on a first come first served basis.

Educational 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.

Recommended Readings

Iasenza, S. (2010). What is queer about sex?: Expanding sexual frames in theory and practice. Family Process, 49 (3), 291-308.
Iasenza, S. (2006). Low sexual desire in gay, lesbian, and heterosexual peer marriages. In JS Scharff & DE Scharff (Eds), New paradigms for treating relationships. NY: Jason Aronson.
Mitchell, S. A. (2002). Can love last?: The loss of romance over time. NY: W.W. Norton & Co.

Continuing Education

This conference has been approved for 2 continuing education hours (NASW & Div. 39)

Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Participants are asked to be aware of needs for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them.

Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Ellen Nasper, Ph.D., at

Pay online or mail checks to Conference Registrar, Carrie Christensen, LCSW, 441 Orange St #5, New Haven, CT 06511

Refunds will be given in full if the Conference Registrar, Carrie Christensen, LCSW, is contacted by Monday May 11, 2015.

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