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The Erotic in Our Being and Work

September 14, 2019 | Chapel Hill, NC

This workshop is presented by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (AAPCSW).

[ 2 CE Hours ]
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Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Refreshments & Registration: 8:30 am
Program: 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Fees: See Registration Form. (Early registration ends August 23rd at 11:30pm).
Location: UNC School for Social Work (Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building)
325 Pittsboro St., Room 135, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 [ Google MAP ]

Dinner Reception is Friday, September 13 (RSVP)

Please also consider joining us for a reception dinner on Friday, September 13th at the home of Bill and Gale Meyer. If interested, RSVP to: william.meyer@duke.edu


Andrea Celenza presents her writings and research on the totalistic view of the erotic, one that implicates sexuality at every moment and from the beginning of life. Erotic transferences and countertransferences frequently arise in our work, 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. Presenting two recent papers, Celenza 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. Celenza will discuss the analysis of a range of erotic transferences from the therapist's point of view, and how these countertransference experiences aid the therapist in understanding unconscious factors in the patient’s experience.

Two cases will illustrate the erotic in different forms: The first involves a treatment with a woman where the maternal erotic transference and Dr. Celenza's countertransference were central in understanding her dynamics. The second case illustrates the use of the therapist's countertransference in order to access the patient’s embodied erotic constriction.


Andrea Celenza, Ph.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Faculty at the NYU Post-Doctoral Program in 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. 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. Her second book, Erotic Revelations: Clinical Applications and Perverse Scenarios is published by Routledge. She is in private practice in Lexington, Massachusetts.


Sonia Hsieh, MSW, is a psychotherapist in group practice in Chapel Hill and Raleigh. She received her Master's in Social Work from Smith College where she completed her thesis on Mindfulness. Her clinical experience includes internships at Duke and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA. Her interests beyond psychoanalytic theory include embodiment and holistic health practices. She is currently in her first year of Somatic Experiencing Training.

[ 2 CE Hours ]
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