NOTE: Due to current CDC recommendations this conference will take place using Zoom and will not be in person. 



Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020

6.0 CE/CME (Diversity) – Half day credit is available


Members $140

Non-Members $170

Early Career Professionals (within 5 years of graduation), Full Time Students and Retired $70

Psychoanalysts experience a variety of challenges related to working with sexual issues in treatment. When the range of erotic expression in patients include less traditional forms of sexuality some topics may feel too “hot” to handle or outside our ken lacking adequate theory and technique to guide us. This workshop will focus on two topics, polyamory and kink, to provide psychoanalytic understanding and therapeutic approaches that can be used in individual or couple treatment. The presenter will provide case vignettes that illustrate the integration of psychoanalytic, couple systems and cognitive behavioral sex therapy approaches.


9:00-12:15 Polyamory (3.0 CE/CME)

12:15-1:15 Lunch on your own

1:15-4:30 Kink (3.0 CE/CME)

BIO: Suzanne Iasenza, PhD is on the faculties of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP) in NYC and the Adelphi University Derner Institute’s Postgraduate Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. She also teaches at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and 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 and sex therapy in New York City. Her most recent papers, “What’s Queer About Sex: Expanding Sexual Frames in Theory and Practice” (2010) and “Transforming Sexual Narratives” (2016) were published in Family Process and The Psychotherapy Networker”, respectively.

Learning Objectives:
1) Describe common misperceptions about polyamory and kink.

2) Discuss theoretical perspectives that help frame treatment with polyamorous or kink patients.

3) Describe therapeutic technique used in individual or couple treatment with polyamorous or kink patients.

1. Morin, J. (1995). The erotic mind. New York: HarperPerennial.
2. Nichols, M. (2006). Psychotherapeutic issues with “kinky” clients: Clinical problems, yours and theirs. Available online at:
3. Sheff, E. (2014). The polyamorists next door. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield.
4. Stoller, R. (1975). Perversion: The Erotic form of hatred. New York: Delta.

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. CME: These activities have been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. APsaA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. APsaA designates these live activities for a maximum of 13.5 AMA PRA Category I credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE: None of the planners or the presenter of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships or conflicts of interest to disclose. 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 6 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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