Love, Hate, Sex and Death in the Clinical Setting:

Intense Feelings and How to Manage Them

Friday, March 20, 2020
The Crestview Country Club 
Agawam, MA

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
6 CE Contact Hours
Andrea Celenza, PhD

What attendees had to say about Dr. Celenza's presentation in 2015: 
"This is your best workshop ever.  Thanks for stepping into the psychoanalytic frame."  
"Andrea’s frank, honest, humorous, and brave presentation and content was absolutely great."   
"Excellent presenter.  Please have her back again.  It is very important to talk about difficult topics and she does it with humor, dignity and grace."
"Fantastic, dynamic speaker-please invite her back." 
"Love how genuine she is as a presenter."  
"Presenter was extremely knowledgeable and eloquent in her presentation.   Very amiable and intelligent.  Enjoyed her use of clinical case examples of erotic transference."

Course Description

Many forms of loving, hatred, sexual, and even murderous feelings can reveal themselves in the clinical context.  These intense emergences fall roughly under the heading of erotic transferences, may have a variety of meanings, and make their way into every treatment. Yet psychoanalytic theories have become so desexualized that they fail to prepare clinicians with the necessary resources and methods to cope with the level of desire and erotic material likely to surface.

Using many in-depth examples, this presentations aims to encourage more open discussion about erotic transferences in all their manifestations and  to challenge the tendency to avoid or minimize their emergence. In particular, Dr. Celenza will discuss the varieties and meaning of the love, hate, and sexual expressions appearing over the course of treatment.  She will also illustrate the treatment 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 client’s experience.

Learning Objectives 

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

1.            Identify and explore aspects of erotic transferences and countertransferences, especially as these relate to the multiple meanings underlying erotic transferences as a defensive structure.
2.            Articulate at least two examples of how the therapist’s countertransference can foster or inhibit the emergence of the full intensity of erotic transferences at different phases of the treatment.
3.            Acknowledge and analyze the identification and exploration of their own countertransference, especially as it leans erotic, with greater comfort.
4.            Describe the manifestation of affectionate, loving transferences representative of healthy forms of loving.
5.            Describe the erotic undercurrents of maternal longings as they emerge in same-sex dyads.

Andrea Celenza, PhD, is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and an Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School. She has created two online courses: “Sexual Boundary Violations: How Do They Happen?” and “What, Where is Psychoanalysis: Classic Concepts, New Meanings” and is the Co-Director of an online program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Dr. Celenza has authored two books including  Erotic Revelations:  Clinical Applications and Perverse Scenarios (2014), and she has a private practice in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Schedule and Course Outline
Friday, March 20, 2020
The Crestview Country Club, Agawam, Massachusetts

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Registration and Coffee
8:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Love, Hate, Sex, and Death: Varieties of Erotic Material in Clinical Process
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break & Refreshments
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM When Murder is a Possibility
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch at the Crestview, included with your registration
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Love, Affection, and the Erotic in our Clinical Work
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM Break and Refreshments
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
The Erotic in the Maternal
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM Questions and Answers