Sex Therapy Training

Sex Therapy Collaborative:

Relational, intersectional sex therapy training as a joint endeavor between FACTS (Family and Couples Treatment Services) and PCGS (Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality) – Divisions of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy

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Note: ICP is now an approved provider of NYS Continuing Education Units and is a certified Provider Organization of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).

April 29, 2017 

Psychotherapy with Clients Who Are Kinky or Who Want to Be,

and Taking Lessons from the Kink World Mainstream

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9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Saturday

Presenter: Margaret Nichols, PhD

4 NYS CE Units + 4 AASECT CE Units. 

In the 21st Century we have experienced a paradigm shift in the way many sex and gender diverse people are regarded both in the culture at large and in the mental health world.  DSM 5 signaled a big shift towards depathologization of ‘paraphilias,’ and ‘Fifty Shades of Gray’ normalized kink so much that it has been called ‘the Stonewall of the kink community.’

In this workshop we emphasize the positive aspects of kink and dive deeply into clinical issues. Although we start with a historical perspective on kink and psychiatry, we will not dwell long on questions of ‘pathology.’ Instead, we will take a closer look at the world of BDSM: at the latest scientific data on the occurrence of kinky fantasies and behaviors and characteristics of people who practice kink; at the different motives for participation and what participants ‘get’ from kink; at the perspective of neuroscience. We will explore the types of kinky clients most seen in clinical practice, e.g., couples where one person is kinky; people with internalized erotophobia; those who are newly entering the kink world   We will discuss difficult clinical issues, such as consent boundaries and consent violations; safety and the line between ‘risk aware consensual kink’ and self-destructive behavior.

We will also focus on kink used as therapy – how it can be used to resolve past trauma, or to channel desires in a healthy way.  And finally, we will learn how to extrapolate lessons about communication and keeping relationships passionate from the kink world to the mainstream.

About the Presenter:

Margaret Nichols, Ph.D. is a psychologist, AASECT Certified Sex Therapy Supervisor, and founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Personal Growth, a psychotherapy organization in New Jersey specializing in sex therapy and other clinical work with the sex and gender diverse community.  She is an international speaker on LGBTQ issues and author of many articles and papers on LGBTQ sexuality and mental health issues.  Her current primary clinical areas of interest are differences between same and mixed sex couples’ sexual function, transgender and gender nonconforming young people, and those who make up the ‘Q’ in LGBTQ, e.g. kinky, polyamorous, and queer people. Recent professional publications include papers on LGBTQ therapy, same sex couples, clients who practice ‘kink’, and parents of transgender and gender non-conforming children.  In 2017 Dr. Nichols has presented at USPATH, the Psychotherapy Networker, and various clinical training programs on issues of transgender and gender nonconforming young people.



June 7 – 28, 2017

ICP’s Summer Sexuality Series:

When Things Get Hot or Not:

Countertransference to the Erotic in Couples Therapy

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1:45 pm – 3:15 pm, Wednesdays

Presenter: Suzanne Iasenza, PhD

CEUs pending.

Clinicians experience a variety of feelings related to the erotic in couple therapy. When the range of erotic expression includes less traditional forms of sexuality, feelings can vary even more widely and might include discomfort, shame, curiosity, boredom, arousal, envy and revulsion. Some topics may feel too “hot” to handle or be so outside our own experience that we lack rudimentary knowledge to guide us. At times, our own countertransference mirrors the reactions of one member of a couple, but not of the other.

This program will focus on a variety of “hot” topics, such as kink, BDSM, polyamory, and internet pornography use, with an emphasis on countertransference. At points, Dr. Iasenza will make use of case vignettes and sexually explicit video material.  Finally, she will discuss ways to transform complex feelings about the erotic to enhance the therapeutic process in working with couples.

About the Presenter:

Suzanne Iasenza, Ph.D. 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 entitled: “What’s Queer About Sex: Expanding Sexual Frames in Theory and Practice” (2010) was published in the journal Family Process.

Registration coming soon!

 



Past Workshops & Modules

9-Week Module:  The Principles and Practices of Sex Therapy 

October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, December 2, 9 & 16, 2016

10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Fridays

Presenter: Ian Kerner PhD

 

October 29, 2016

Workshop: Treating Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction

9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday

Presenter: Douglas Braun-Harvey MFT

 

February 4, 2017 

Workshop: Male Sexual Problems: An Existential View

9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Saturday

Presenter: Dan Watter ED.D

 

March 18, 2017 

Workshop: Sexology, Sexosophy, & African-American Sexuality: Implications for Sex Therapy and Sexuality Research

9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Saturday

Presenter: Herb Samuels, MSSW, PhD

 

April 29, 2017

Workshop: Psychotherapy with Clients Who Are Kinky or Who Want to Be and Taking Lessons from the Kink World Mainstream

9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Saturday

Presenter: Margie Nichols PhD

 

June 7 – 28, 2017

4-Week Module:  Summer Sexuality Series – When Things Get Hot or Not: Countertransference to the Erotic in Couples Therapy

1:45 pm – 3:15pm, Wednesdays

Presenter: Suzanne Iasenza PhD



AASECT CE Credit Information

These programs meet the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists
(AASECT) and are approved for CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT Certification and renewal
of certification.

NYS Continuing Education Information

*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.

*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts.

*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is recognized by the NYS Education Department State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education credit for licensed social workers.

*The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors.

For more information about the CEU credits please call 212-333-3444.