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Culture's Impact in Sex Therapy - Co-facilitated Study Group (ICP)

Begins Friday, January 14, 2022
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Culture's Impact in Sex Therapy - Co-facilitated Study Group (ICP)

Culture’s Impact in Sex Therapy is a study group that will be co-facilitated by Ric Mathews, MHC, and Suzanne Iasenza, PhD. The group will meet bi-weekly from January through May. Space will be limited to 8 participants to allow for a deeper examination into how our understanding of culture influences our concepts of sexuality and the ways we navigate the world as practitioners.

Throughout the course of the study, members will begin to explore how culture, race, ethnicity and gender, and sexuality intersect within therapeutic relationships. We will learn how to raise questions to assess clients’ cultural wellness. We will explore how to integrate sex-positive, racially affirming frameworks into our practice. Through a combination of assigned readings, group discussions, and case presentations, we will leave with the capacity to start, and the confidence to engage, in productive conversations about Culture and Sexuality in other spaces. 

Membership is open to the entire ICP community. Interviews will be conducted in November and December 2021 until the group is filled. To receive a certificate of completion, participants must attend all sessions for the full duration of each group. Participation includes being willing to actively engage in group discussions and completing all assigned readings prior to each session. 

  • January 14 & 28
  • February 11 & 25
  • March 18 & 26
  • April 8 & 22
  • May 6 & 20

About the co-facilitators:

Ric Mathews, MSEd, MHC, is a staff therapist at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy where he also serves on the Executive Committee for PCGS, and the Ethics & Review Committee.  He is also in private practice in psychotherapy and sex therapy and is an EMDR therapist.  He is on staff at NYU as a certified yoga and meditation teacher and holds additional certifications in trauma-informed care, and Thai Yoga bodywork.

Suzanne Iasenza, PhD is on the faculties of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, the Ackerman Institute for the Family, and the Adelphi University Derner Institute’s Postgraduate Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. She also teaches at 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

Age Groups
  • Adults
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Payment Options
  • Self Pay

Last Updated: 12/15/21