SEX TALK

ON THE COUCH and ON THE PAGE

November 5-7, 2021

How do we talk with our patients about sex? What makes for lively and creative engagement on the subject? What shuts down the conversation – for us and for our patients? In treatment, how can we invite our patients to openly explore conflictual aspects of sexuality, such as heightened sexual behaviors, absence of sexual desire, secrets and forbidden wishes? Just as talking about sex with our patients can open up new pathways or quickly shut them down, so too, can writing about sex be enlivening or awkward, cumbersome or deadening. What makes a sex scene come alive and sizzle? What reduces it to rote mechanics or something sensational but disconnected? As writers and as clinicians, we so often miss the mark or avoid the topic altogether. What makes it possible to address the topic of sex with candor, warmth and even humor? We’ll consider these questions and more as we explore sex on the couch and sex on the page.

Coordinators: Anne Adelman, Ph.D. and Anne Rocheleau, Ph.D

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