Certificate Programs

The Object Relations Institute or Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis is a non-profit NY State Chartered Educational Institute, which was founded in 1991. Our training programs include a few programs for matriculated students who are enrolled in psychoanalytic & psychotherapeutic tracks, while there are various introductory courses offered for new mental health practitioners and interested public, and also courses for experienced clinicians of any school of psychoanalytic thought who wish to enhance their practice by application of the Object Relations theory.

The Object Relations Institute offers certificate programs in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis with a special curriculum featuring the teaching of the British and American Object Relations theorists and their clinical applications. The curriculum stresses preoedipal stage psychopathology contributing to character disorders, and modifications and elaborations in Freudian theory and technique made by object relations theorists. Object relations theorists have contributed to deepening our understanding of psychical structures and offer us techniques for dealing with clients who were thought to be unreachable.

This unique curriculum conducted in small group and class settings provides the candidate with the whole experiential dimension of learning related to the processing of  "objective countertransference" feelings, associations, and visceral experiences. These issues are seen as the key to understanding the split off and dissociated aspects of the psychotherapy or psychoanalytic patient, as the clinician sits in the room with him or her. This experiential study takes place in supervision groups, which highlight the group process as a medium for the learning personal development process. In-depth communication between candidates in each class is encouraged in relation to their internal processing of their clinical work.

All our certificate programs are offered in Virtual (with minimal technical requirements) and In-Person format.

One Year Certificate Program: Introduction to the Object Relations Theory & Clinical Technique

Two Year Object Relations Evening Program: Advance Studies in Object Relations Theory & Clinical Technique

  One Year Object Relations Day Program for Practicing Clinicians & for New Graduates of the Training Institutes - not offered in 2015-2016 academic year.

  Four Year Full Certificate Training Program in Object Relations Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy & Object Relations Psychoanalysis

  Current Concepts in Object Relations Theory on Psychic Change and Clinical Process - Virtual program; offered in 2015-2016 academic year only via review of the videotaped classes from previous academic years, reading all the required materials, and working with the instructor on individual basis.

  One Year Clinical Mentorship Program for Psychotherapists & Psychoanalysts - This program is designed on individual or small group basis.

  Parent-Child Development Program - NEW since 2012-2013. At present, it is offered on the basis of clinical mentorship, on individual and group basis.

  Neuropsychoanalysis Program - NEW since 2014-2015. At present, it is offered on the basis of clinical mentorship, on individual and group basis.

 Exploring The Power Of Global Cultural Artifacts: Tools For Personal And Professional Development - NEW since 2014-2015.


For more information, please contact ORI Administrator, Dr. Inna Rozentsvit, at 646-522-1056 or by email @ adminorinyc@gmail.com

Our Object Relations Institute has a unique combination of theoretical, clinical, and experiential courses, which is enhanced by the individual supervision process in which each candidate shares with his/her supervisor the detailed process of his own clinical work. This training is made all the more vivid and organic for each candidate by the individual psychotherapy and/or psychoanalysis of each candidate. Those in treatment with a training analyst from the Institute benefit the most from experiencing first hand the nature of the Object Relations treatment.

The theoretical part of the program (classes on Object Relations Clinical Theory and Technique) has been established with a consideration for the roots and development of Object Relations thinking as an outgrowth and extension of traditional psychoanalysis. Introductory, beginning, and advanced classes are offered in the learning of each of the major Object Relations theorists, as well as further courses in related theorists extending the work of these original theorists, and the clinical use and case application of each theorist's theory is focused on in class. Candidates are exposed to the clinical cases of senior faculty, and are encouraged to engage in dialogues concerning the internal process of each Instructor herself/himself, when in connection with their own patients. The internal processing of the teacher with his/her own patients is then looked at in light of readings that are discussed in class on Object Relations teaching and theory. Candidates are encouraged to then join in by presenting their own cases in light of readings and course topics. The actual clinical application of all theoretical ideas is the primary focus throughout.

Complementary to the classes related to the Object Relations clinical theory and technique, we offer the Group Supervision class, throughout the four years of training. Group Supervision works in interaction with the theory classes. In this class, candidates tune in to their own internal process as it occurs in conjunction with the internal process of their patients; and they learn to understand their own experience (incl. countertransference) while in the room with the patient, as a critical focus for both engaging with the patient and for understanding the patient. The faculty member who conducts the group facilitates this process. Candidates also are free to express feelings towards each other in these groups, and the nature of these feeling experiences can be related back to their feeling experiences with their patients.

Also, as a trusting atmosphere is established candidates find this environment one safe enough for them to share concerns they may have about the  Institute and their participation within it or concerns about difficulties they may be having in any area of their  Institute’s training. This focus is then more fully explored in conjunction with individual advisors.

For more information about our Certificate Programs, please contact:

Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA,  ORI's Founder & Executive Director, @ 212-674-5425 and/ or DrKavalerAdler@gmail.com;

Audrey Ashendorf, LCSW-R, Chair of Admissions, @212-684-2097 and/ or ashendorf@earthlink.net;

Inna Rozentsvit, M.D., PhD, MSciEd, Administrator/ Registrar, @ 646-522-1056 and/ or admin@orinyc.org.


Registration fee (for each program) is $65.

Tuition for each mandatory 10-week class/course (Clinical Theory and Group Supervision) is $450.

Tuition for each 10-week trimester (2 classes/ trimester) is $900.

Tuition for each full year: Training Year 1 and 2 (three trimesters, 2 classes each) -$2,700. Training Year 3 and after require additional classes taken (min 1 class/week/ semester - for those with prior training; otherwise 2 classes/week/ semester), and the tuition for each additional class is $450/ semester.

Fee (sliding scale) for individual supervision (mandatory for all candidates in Full Psychoanalytic Training Program, and encouraged for all candidates in other certificate programs) is $65/ hr (minimum 35 hrs per academic year is required, until graduation. First year requirement is 30 hrs of individual supervision).

Fee for training analysis sessions is flexible and a subject of an agreement between an analyst and a candidate.

Useful information related to getting financial assistance for your education from your employer:

Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (Training Foundation)  is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization.

Our EIN # 13-3697333. We are chartered by NYS Department of Education to provide post-graduate training in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

Cancellation policy for training courses/ educational activities:
a) if cancelled before the first session/course date - full tuition refund is afforded, but not the registration fees (if any);
b) if cancelled after the date of the first session - 1/2 of tuition is refunded, but not the registration fees (if any);
c) if cancelled after two sessions of the course - 1/4 of tuition is refunded, but not the registration fees (if any);
d) if cancelled after the third session - no refund is afforded.

   http://www.ctd.northwestern.edu/   Visit ORI's YouTube Channel, ObjectRelations2009, to view the highlights of our Annual Conferences:

       Thumbnail  2013 Conference - on Countertransference, Regret, Aggression, and Their Vicissitudes

         Self-Sabotage - from Jungian, Kleinian, and Fairbairnian Perspectives  2012 Conference on Self-Sabotage: Jungian, Kleinian,  and Fairbairnian Perspectives.  

  2011 Annual 20th Anniversary Conference on Dialectics of Mortality and Immortality: Time as a Persecutory vs. a Holding Object

2010 Annual Conference on Psychoanalysis & Spirituality

2009 Annual Conference on Eroticized Demonic Object

Visit ORI's YouTube Channel, ObjectRelations2009, to view NEW mini-video series "The Object Relations View"

Intro to the Object Relations Thinking and Clinical Technique - with Dr. Kavaler-Adler (part 1).

Projective Identification (part 2)

Time as an Object (part 3)

Self Sabotage - (part 4)

        Fear of Success (part 5)

        Mourning, Developmental vs. Pathological  (part 6)

        Bad Objects and Loyalty to Bad Objects (part 7)

        Demon-lover Complex  (part 8)

        Psychic Regret (part 9)

        Klein-Winnicott Dialectic  (part 10)

        Depression: The Object Relations View (part 11)

        Anxiety: The Object Relations View (part 12)

        Eating Disorders: The Object Relations View (part 13)

        Narcissism: The Object Relations View (part 14)

        Female Creativity and the Internal Father (part 15)

        Psychic Dialectic: The Object Relations View (part 16)

        Writing Blocks: The Object Relations View (part 17)

        Internal Editor and Internal Saboteur: The Object Relations View (part 18)

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