Sep
19
9:00 AM09:00

Gender, sexuality, and therapy: The basics

Our understanding of gender and sexuality is constantly changing and evolving, and the narratives and experiences that our clients bring into the consult room can be nuanced and complex. Without the proper competencies and sensitivities, service providers can find themselves struggling to truly connect with a client discussing their gender identity and expression, or sexuality and desire. This course is a starting point for clinicians who are interested in developing a truly nuanced understanding around how gender and sexuality can become an important part of the therapeutic process.

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Oct
5
10:00 AM10:00

Taking sides: Difficult conversations in difficult times

Part I of the 5-part Taking Sides conference series.
Starting with Freud’s deeply influential metaphors of the analyst as a blank screen or a surgeon, impassioned beliefs about how a therapist conceptualizes and uses the self continue to be a source of theoretical and technical debate in psychotherapeutic practice. With the advancement of relational theory and practice, the ideal of the therapist achieving a purely objective stance has been turned on its head. Part 1 of Taking Sides will set the frame for the conference by addressing some central questions about the therapist’s position, as a person, in the therapeutic relationship: can (and should) a therapist actually be objective or “neutral?” Has the pendulum swung too far in the direction of therapist self-disclosure? Our panels will discuss the theoretical, conceptual, and clinical perspectives at the heart of the Taking Sides series.

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Oct
8
to Dec 10

Object relations theory: An introduction for therapists

This 10-week course will examine the origins and development of object relations theory in psychoanalysis, focusing on the work of Klein, Fairbairn, Guntrip, Winnicott, and Balint. The course will also examine the influence of object relations on the work of Otto Kernberg and Heinz Kohut and their approaches to borderline and narcissistic disorders, contemporary practitioners and writers such as Ogden and Bollas, and the movement from a one-person to a two-person psychology seen in relational theory and practice. Students will learn critical concepts such as internalized objects, phantasy, and splitting; how to understand and use transference and countertransference in the object relations paradigm; and how relational concepts translate into real world practice with patients.

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Nov
7
to Dec 5

Therapy with transgender and gender non-conforming people

The needs of transgender and gender non-conforming people in therapy are unique, and there are a number of important considerations to be made in their treatments. It’s crucial that therapists know how to effectively work with people who are exploring their gender identity or expression, or who are considering or undergoing a social, medical, and/or legal medical transition. This four-week course will provide clinicians with a firm understanding of the systemic context and the individual experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming people in today’s world.

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Dec
7
10:00 AM10:00

Taking sides: Consent and desire in the era of #MeToo

Part II of the 5-part Taking Sides conference series.
Issues of power and consent permeate our cultural climate, most embodied in the #metoo movement—and the effects are being felt in our professional lives. Increasingly, patients are recounting experiences of harassment and assault, and may be asking themselves questions about their own roles as potential perpetrators or about their complicity in being silent. In this second part of the Taking sides conference, therapists will learn how to talk about these experiences with patients, how to explore the possibilities and limits of consent when we as therapists recognize the messy realities of power inherent in sexuality, and how to increase awareness and identification of assault/harassment.

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Dec
12
2:00 PM14:00

Workshop: Kink, sex and pleasure

Our clients are exploring their relationships with desire and pleasure in a number of ways, and it becomes a clinician’s responsibility to hold a safe and comfortable space for them to do so. This workshop explores the less-understood avenues for physical and emotional connection, including bondage and discipline, domination and submission, sadism and masochism (BDSM), kink, and fetish- related desires and practices.

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Dec
19
2:00 PM14:00

Workshop: Polyamory and non-monogamy

Many of our clients are building and nurturing unique relationships that are fulfilling and nourishing through polyamory and ethical non-monogamy. These relationships, though common, are often times less understood and more stigmatized than monogamous relationships. This workshop explores the core principles and critical underpinnings of polyamory and non-monogamy in practice, as well as strategies for case conceptualization and treatment with individuals, couples, families, and groups.

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