DATES: October 22 and 29, 2019

TIMES: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

In This Salon we will read, review and discuss 4 papers of Mark J. Blechner, PH.D. This will give us an overview and beginning understanding of his work. We will explore some of our own thoughts and experiences in working with clients around sexual and erotic experiences that occur within the clinical hour.


LOCATION: 3400 Kerbey Lane, Austin, TX

CEs: 3.0


Members $80

Non-Members $100

Early Career Professionals (within 5 years of graduation) and Full Time Students $40


Session 1

1) Participants will have a basic understanding of the difference between Psychopathology and Societal pathology.

2) Participants will Identify issues in sexuality and gender identity that commonly arise in psychotherapy.

Session 2

1) Participants will understand how sexuality has  an impact on their clinical work and how it can be used to enhance their client treatment.

2) Participants will increase their awareness of personal biases and barriers in working with clients.

BIO: Naomi Freireich LCSW, psychoanalyst is a therapist in private practice. She completed her psychoanalytic training at the National Training Institute in NY.  She earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.  She is a past president of Austin Psychoanalytic and a co founder of Austin Women in Psychotherapy, which for 20 years brought a more feminist perspective to the therapeutic community in Austin. In her practice Naomi works with a variety of clients in intensive psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.


Mark J. Blechner (2016) Psychoanalysis and Sexual Issues, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 52:4, 502-546.

Mark J. Blechner (2011). Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 47(4): 571-577

Mark J. Blechner (2007). Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 8(4): 373-380

Mark J. Blechner (2006). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 16(6): 779-791

CONTINUING EDUCATION: Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

Austin Psychoanalytic is approved by the Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners (Provider # 5501) to provide continuing education for social workers and the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #1138). We also meet the requirements to provide continuing education for the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.

This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 3 continuing education credits. Division 39 is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. Division 39 is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need 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 There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. Participants will be informed of the utility/validity of the content/approach discussed (including the basis for the statements about validity/utility), as well as the limitations of the approach and most common (and severe) risks, if any, associated with the program’s content.



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