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Digital Seminar

From Dysfunction to Erotic Discovery

When couples come to therapy with problems involving desire, arousal, and orgasm, therapists often fall into the trap of thinking of them as somehow broken and in need of fixing. Instead, this workshop offers an approach that guides couples from a state of disconnection to becoming a sexual-discovery team exploring their own idiosyncratic pathway to pleasure. You’ll learn a three-part therapeutic process to help couples find alternatives to rigid scripts about what fulfilling sexuality is supposed to be like.


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Suzanne Iasenza, PhD
2 Hours 50 Minutes
Audio and Video
Mar 24, 2019
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 2.75 hours CPD.



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Suzanne Iasenza, PhD, teaches at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, the postgraduate program in couples and family therapy at Adelphi University's Derner Institute, and at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Dr. Iasenza is coeditor of Lesbians and Psychoanalysis and Lesbians, Feminism, and Psychoanalysis: The Second Wave and author of the book, Transforming Sexual Narratives: A Relational Approach to Sex Therapy.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Suzanne Iasenza is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Suzanne Iasenza is a member of the American Psychological Association; and the Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists.

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  1. Employ a detailed sexual history for partners to help them understand their current sexual narratives and how to create more liberating stories. 
  2. Use techniques to empower both partners to make explicit their “menus” for preferred sexual activities as a way of expanding their repertoire for more genuine erotic satisfaction. 
  3. Explain how to help couples use sensate focus as a meditative tool to enhance their sexual development. 
  4. Integrate psychodynamic, systems, and cognitive behavioural approaches into couples sex therapy. 


Conducting a detailed sexual history 
  • How to collect sexual history information in a conversational way  
  • Identifying conscious and unconscious sexual narratives that affect sexuality 
Improving sexual communication in couples 
  • How to co-create safe therapeutic space to discuss sexuality 
  • The Sexual Menu Assignment 
Utilizing the Sensate Focus Technique to improve mindful sexual awareness 
  • How and when to introduce Mindfulness Sensate Focus 
Assessing experiences with Mindfulness Sensate Focus

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals.



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