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Emergent and Submerged Models of Love

Friday, April 20, 2018, 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM
UCSF Medical Center at Mt. Zion, Hellman Hall
2200 Post St.
San Francisco, CA  94115
Annette Taylor, Administrator
CE Workshops
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Emergent and Submerged Models of Love

April 20th
Free to SFPA members, 2 CE  (CPA approved)

UCSF Medical Center at Mt. Zion, 2200 Post St., Hellman Hall, San Francisco 94115

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Course Outline

  • Sociocultural context of love, an overview of philosophy and history of how it came to be in 2017
  • Clinical examples and case presentation all through the talk
  • Analysis of Submerged model of love  
  • Introduction of Emergent model of love
  • Discussion - Q and A



To initiate and pursue a discourse about love, how it is perceived by the majority in the Western world (Western Europe and North America mainly), its role within current relationships, analysis of the Submerged Love model encouraged in modern couple-hood and make a case for the introduction of the Emergent Love model through case studies. 


The audience will leave with a fresh perspective about love and suggestions for fundamental elements of a satisfying and long-term relationship. Practitioners (and the public) will obtain practical tools to use with clients who seek advice for dating as well as the ones who seek to mend their relationships and find new meanings in their long-term relationships. 

Presenter:  Dr. Sara Nasserzadeh In today’s society, love is seen as the prize, the catalyst, the glue, the fire and the force that can conquer all. Love is viewed as something that happens to us and it is followed by an everlasting romantic relationship. This talk involves the account of 312 couples that sought relationship and psychosexual counseling from Dr. Sara Nasserzadeh’s at her offices in London, New York City and Palo Alto/San Francisco. It will also look at the detailed account of context analysis for 103 cases amongst the overall couples that were studied. The presentation will start with a group-involved exercise followed by the provision of sociocultural context of the most common issues presented by couples. It then moves on to introducing the themes that emerged from the context analysis of the cases to offer a creative paradigm and a practical model for clinical work with individuals and couples. Besides the empirical data that was utilized to shape this model, principles of systems thinking and a decade of working with couples across 37 countries are summarized in the examples that will be used to elaborate on the model. This walk through the Emergent Relationship Model will be a thought provoking exploration of love, marriage, intimacy and cultural expectations. To learn more about Dr. Sara Nasserzadeh and her work please visit her website:


This course has been approved by CPA.  CPA is co-sponsoring with SFPA. The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. Attendees will receive CE credits for this course.

Important Notice
Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive 2 continuing education credits.  Please note that APA CE rules require that we only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.