2017 Jennie Adams Spring Workshop Featuring Mark O'Connell, PhD

The Nashville Psychotherapy Institute

2017 Jennie Adams Spring Workshop



"The Irrepressible Challenge of Working with Adult Sexuality in the Therapeutic Relationship"




Mark O'Connell, PhD



May 6, 2017





Vanderbilt Divinity School, Room 122

411 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37240

Free parking in nearby garage will be available to registered participants.

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Workshop Summary

The morning program explores a core and ultimately unresolvable dilemma in therapy: the dynamic that puts therapist and client in intimate conversations, often about sex, while in a state of vulnerability, need, dependency, longing, and hope.  The afternoon program explores the relentlessly mindful efforts to invite disavowed parts of the self into the mutual, intersubjective relational space in individual and couples therapy, as well as in personal relationships. Mark contends that this is core to establishing and maintaining the dialectical structure essential for therapeutic and intimate aliveness.


Learning Objectives

1: Participants will learn about how developments in psychoanalytic theory reflect imperfect but creative efforts to grapple with the ubiquitous challenge of erotic transference and countertransference. 

2: Using successes and failures in psychoanalysis as an informative background, therapists of all theoretical orientations will learn about the many faultlines that present themselves when working with their patients’ sexuality.

3: Participants will acquire insight and comfort with how to address erotic transferences and countertransferences without moving towards violation, or alternatively, towards suppression of partients’ sexual experience.

4: Participants will learn flexible and reliable ways of maintaining ethical boundaries while working interactively in sexually charged clinical situations.

5: Participants will benefit from a better understanding of the critical concept of mentalization and will learn to apply their understanding of mentalization to both individual and couple therapies.

6: Participants will learn about the application of the concept of intersubjectivity to individual psychotherapy, couples therapy, and personal, intimate relationships.


Mark O’Connell, PhD  As a graduate of Boston University’s Doctoral Program in Clinical psychology, a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Hospital, and as a graduate of the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute, Dr. O’Connell is well versed in traditional psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

Over the past several years, however, his interests and understandings have broadened. Through his work with trauma victims, exposure to mindfulness, DBT and other contemporary treatment modalities, expanding interest in couples and marital therapy, and a commitment to writing about psychological ideas for a general audience, he has become increasingly eclectic and flexible in his approach to psychotherapy.


Workshop Agenda

8:30 - 9:00  Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 10:30  Sexless Cohabitation: Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy, and the Irrepresible Problem of Adult Sexuality: Part I: Sex and Theory

10:30 - 10:45  Break

10:45 - 12:00  Sexless Cohabitation: Part II: Faultline and Solutions

12:00 - 1:00  Lunch

1:00 - 2:30  Two Minds in a Too Small Space: Intimate Partners, Intersubjectivity, and the Challenge of Mutual Mentalization

2:30 - 2:45  Break

2:45 - 4:00  Live Case Conference

4:00 - 4:30  Wrap Up


Workshop Fees

On or Before April 6th

NPI Members: $135

Non-members: $160

Students: $60

Non-profit Agency Employee: $85


After April 6th

NPI Members: $160

Non-members: $185

Students: $85

Non-profit Agency Employee $110


Continuing Education Information

CE credit for this event is co-sponsored by the Nashville Psychotherapy Institute and The Institute for Continuing Education. The program offers 6.00 contact hours with full attendance required. Application forms will be available on site. CE verification will be mailed to applicants following the event. If you have questions regarding the program, continuing education, learning objectives, presenters, or for grievance issues, contact The Institute at: 251-990-5030; e-mail: [email protected]

Psychology: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Counseling/ MFT: For counselors seeking credit The Institute for Continuing Education will submit a Co-Sponsorship Application to NBCC.

Social Work: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved as a provider by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), though the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Provider No. 1007. Licensed social workers should contact their state jurisdiction to review current continuing education requirements.

Instructional Methodology: May include Lecture, demonstration, audio/visual, experiential practice of techniques, large and small group discussion.


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2017 NPI Spring Workshop
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May 6, 2017 - 8:30am - 4:30pm


Vanderbilt Divinity School
411 21st Ave S.
Nashville, TN 37240
United States
36° 8' 48.1056" N, 86° 48' 2.7576" W