421 Sexual Imagination

Joe KortMary Jo BarrettJoe Kort & Mary Jo Barrett • Saturday Morning
Fifty Shades of Grey has sparked at least that many questions among therapists about the erotic and psychological appeal this bestselling novel holds for millions of readers around the world. This thought-provoking workshop will explore what the phenomenon tells us about our clients’ longings, needs, and fantasies—and what our own responses reveal about us. We’ll look at such issues as: what are the limits of fantasy? Where’s the boundary between playing out a sex game and engaging in potentially self-destructive behavior? When do erotic games sought for novelty and variety become compulsive or retraumatizing? How, as a therapist, do you determine when a client’s fantasies, or actual behavior, is spiraling out of control? You’ll leave with a much broader understanding of the psychological meaning of the erotic imagination.

Joe Kort, Ph.D., L.M.S.W., specializes in individual, couples, and group psychotherapy for gay and straight clients. A certified sex therapist and certified Imago Relationship therapist, he’s the author of Gay Affirmative Therapy for the Straight Clinician.

Mary Jo Barrett, M.S.W., the founder and director of the Center for Contextual Change, teaches at the University of Chicago. She’s the coauthor of Systemic Treatment of Incest.

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