Study Group

Culture’s Impact in Sex Therapy
Co-facilitated Study Group

with Ric Mathews, MSEd, MHC, and Suzanne Iasenza, PhD

Fridays 3:00 PM- 4:30 PM EST on Zoom
9 sessions: January 14, 28, February 11, 25, March 18, 26, April 8, 22, May 6 & 20, 2022
Tuition: $600 (payment plans available)

Culture’s Impact in Sex Therapy is a study group that will be co-facilitated by Ric Mathews, MHC and Suzanne Iasenza, PhD. The group will meet bi-weekly from January through May. Space will be limited to 8 participants to allow for a deeper examination into how our understanding of culture influences our concepts of sexuality, and the ways we navigate the world as practitioners. Throughout the course of study, members will begin to explore how culture, race, ethnicity and gender and sexuality intersect within therapeutic relationships. We will learn how to raise questions to assess for clients’ cultural wellness. We will explore how to integrate sex-positive, racially affirming frameworks into our practice. Through a combination of assigned readings, group discussions, and case presentations, we will leave with the capacity to start, and the confidence to engage, in productive conversations about Culture and Sexuality in other spaces. 

Membership is open to the entire ICP community. Interviews will be conducted in November and December 2021 until the group is filled. To receive a certificate of completion, participants must attend all sessions for the full duration of each group. Participation includes being willing to actively engage in group discussions and complete all assigned readings prior to each session. 

About the co-facilitators:

Ric Mathews, MSEd, MHC, is a staff therapist at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy where he also serves on the Executive Committee for PCGS, and the Ethics & Review Committee.  He is also in private practice in psychotherapy and sex therapy, and is an EMDR therapist.  He is on staff at NYU as a certified yoga and meditation teacher, and holds additional certifications in trauma-informed care, and Thai Yoga bodywork.

Suzanne Iasenza, PhD is on the faculties of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, the Ackerman Institute for the Family, and the Adelphi University Derner Institute’s Postgraduate Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. She also teaches at the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. 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


Continuing Education Information

 NYS Continuing Education Information

*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 New York State Education Department’s 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.

*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 marriage and family therapists.

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

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.