While all psychotherapists are trained to understand that “therapy never includes sex,” few feel adequately trained in how to navigate sexual content that might emerge in the course of treatment. And when the sexual content includes erotic desires and fantasies about the therapist, many feel unprepared to respond. Merely setting boundaries with the patient without exploring the meaning of the erotic transference risks the loss of a vital archetypal energy that could be critical to the patients development. At the same time, eros and sexuality have the potential to create chaos and destruction. When we don’t address eros in the room, it is relegated to the shadow of the unconscious where it can cause more harm.
This workshop will provide a framework for understanding the archetypal nature of erotic transference and its potential to function as a defense and/or as a healing force. Based in Jungian psychology, the presentation will include a theoretical framework of mythology and archetype, case examples of both the healing and destructive nature of eros, and experiential exercises to apply the material. We will consider a range of gender and sexual orientation. We will examine lust and rage as defenses against connection and the place of love in psychotherapy.
Participants will be able to:
- Understand erotic transference through a non-pathologizing, archetypal lens as it applies to a diverse population.
- Discuss the value of maintaining emotional connection with a client while maintaining professional boundaries.
- Identify one’s own responses – such as fear and excitement - to erotic energy and material in the clinical hour.
Felicia Matto-Shepard, MFT, is a psychotherapist and Jungian Psychoanalyst in private practice in Petaluma since 1993. Her interests center on the intersection of body, psyche and authentic creative expression. Her expertise includes embodiment, sexuality, dream work, creativity and process art. Felicia was the co-creator of After the Honeymoon, a program for igniting and maintaining sexually alive relationships. Currently, Felicia offers workshops in Alchemical Art, a process based art exploration of the psyche and she is affiliated with Temenos Center for Integrative Psychotherapy, offering psychedelic assisted psychotherapy and integration, bringing together her life long exploration of non-ordinary states and creative expression. Felicia trains psychotherapists throughout the Bay Area and facilitates public workshops in embodiment, creativity and depth psychology.
The Zoom link and password are provided in the registration confirmation email after sign-up is completed.
Attendance at the live event in full and completion of the evaluation at the end qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education (2 CEUs).
PLEASE NOTE: This event will be recorded. By registering for this event you are consenting to a recording being made which may include your voice and image. This recording will be posted on the Marin CAMFT website's events library, and available to members for review and downloading.
Date: Friday, January 14
Time: 12 noon to 2 pm Pacific
Cost: Free for Marin CAMFT members and reciprocal members, $20 for non-members.
Location: Online via Zoom. Password and link sent upon registration.
For more information about the Friday Continuing Education Series or about joining the Committee, please contact our Programming Director at Large.
- Continuing Education: This workshop meets the qualifications for continuing education units for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and/or LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The number of CEUs awarded is specified in the event description. These CEUs will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CAMFT Provider # 56895), which is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. We regret that at this time we are not able to provide CE units for Licensed Psychologists. Participants must attend the full live session and complete the evaluation at the end to receive CE completion certificate. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. Contact our Programming Director at Large for more information.
- Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice.
- Refund Policy: Our refund policy requires a $20 processing fee, therefore refunds are not available for this program, as the maximum purchase price is $20. We also do not provide refunds in case of non-attendance by the registrant. Please contact our Programming Director at Large with any questions.
- Request for Accommodations: If you need accommodations for this event, please contact the Programming Director at Large.
- Grievance Procedure: Marin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to the Programming Director at Large.
- Anti-Discrimination Policy: Marin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, creed, national origin, citizenship status, religion, age, ability, or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.
Continuing education credits are available for live attendance at the Zoom presentation. You must stay on the Zoom meeting for the entirety of the session and complete the evaluation at the end in order to receive a completion certificate.