Erotic Dynamics in Psychotherapy and Sexual Boundary Violations Seminars


 International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy - Australian Chapter
     Andrea Celenza PhD Sydney, Feb 24-25, 2018

IARPP Australia is proud to present 2 seminars
 featuring Andrea Celenza, live in Sydney. Dr Celenza
 is widely recognised as one of the world's leading
 authorities in the areas of erotic dynamics in
 psychotherapy, and sexual boundary violations in
 psychotherapy and other professional settings.

Erotic Dynamics in Psychotherapy
Saturday February 24, 8.30-4.00
An exploration of erotic feelings that emerge in both patient and therapist in the course of psychoanalytic treatment, providing both a contemporary theoretical and clinical understanding.

Sexual Boundary Violations: How do they happen?
Sunday February 24, 9.00-12.30
A presentation based on Dr Celenza’s extensive experience working with sexual boundary violations that have occurred in clinical contexts. Relevant to therapists, psychologists, social workers, analysts, psychiatrists, pastoral and school counsellors, and professionals involved in responding to sexual boundary violations.

Erotic Dynamics in Psychotherapy
Some form of erotic transferences of whatever shape generally make their way into every therapy
or analysis, yet our theories have become desexualized to an extent that fails to prepare clinicians with the necessary armamentarium to cope with the level of desire and erotic material likely to emerge. This workshop aims to address the deficiency in our literature and theories of technique and to encourage more open discussion about erotic transferences in all of their manifestations.

In particular, Dr Celenza will discuss the varieties and meanings of the therapist’s countertransference over
the course of a psychoanalytic process. She will discuss the analysis of a range of erotic transferences in terms of the therapist’s point of view (or countertransference), and how these countertransference experiences aid the therapist in understanding unconscious factors in the patient’s experience. In addition, the possibility of healthy erotic interplay will be discussed along with the boundary issues surrounding self-disclosure.

 Erotic Dynamics in Psychotherapy Sat Feb 24
 8:30 Registration
 9:00 Varieties of Erotic Transference
 and Countertransference
 9:30 Male to Female Erotic
 Transference: When Murder is
 10:45 Break and Refreshments
 11:00 Case Presentation
 12:00 Lunch
 1:30 Can There Be a Healthy Erotic
 3:00 Self-Disclosure, the
 Affectionate Transference and
4:00 Close

Sexual Boundary Violations: How Do They Occur?
 Prevalence studies consistently reveal an unacceptably high incidence rate (9-12%) of erotic contact between therapists and patients among mental health practitioners. This workshop presents the problem of sexual boundary violations among mental health practitioners and other relationships that contain an inherent power imbalance. Such relationships include therapist/client, supervisor/ supervisee, teacher/student and clergy/parishioner. The form of the workshop is multi-media and is designed to encourage audience participation.
Findings from empirical studies on prevalence precursors, risk factors, and prevention will be reviewed. This workshop is relevant to the full spectrum of mental health professionals including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counsellors. Professionals involved in responding to professional boundary violations will also find this workshop informative.

Erotic Dynamics in Psychotherapy Sun Feb 25
9:00 Registration and Coffee
 9:30 Sexual Boundary Violations:
 How Do They Happen?
 11:00 Discussion
 12:30 Close

Andrea Celenza, Ph.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Faculty at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis and an Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School. She is Co- Director (with Martha Stark, MD) of a blended, online program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy sponsored by William James College. As part of this program, she offers an on-line course, What, Where is Psychoanalysis? Classic Concepts, New Meanings, tracing a trajectory of psychoanalytic theorizing from the intrapsychic to the intersubjective. (For more information, go to index.cfm).
Dr. Celenza is the recipient of several awards and has authored two books. Sexual Boundary Violations: Therapeutic, Supervisory and Academic Contexts, was published by Jason Aronson in 2007. She has recently produced an online videorecorded lecture on sexual boundary violations designed for ethics seminars, group viewing or individual use. For more information about that, go to
Her new book, Erotic Revelations: Clinical Applications and Perverse Scenarios is published by Routledge. She is in private practice in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Abercrombie Business School Sydney University
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Erotic Dynamics in Psychotherapy
IARPP Members $250 Non-members $350
Students $150

Sexual Boundary Violations: how do they happen?
IARPP Members $120 Non-members $190 Students $70

Further Information:
IARPP Australia