DEVELOPMENTAL JOURNEY to SELFHOOD:
OBJECT RELATIONS PROCESS and the EMERGING SELF
in WORK of JAMES MASTERSON and SUSAN KAVALER-ADLER

2nd Trimester of ALL Training Programs in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
(can be also taken as an individual post-graduate certificate course, no pre-requisites)

Dates: January 18th – March 21st, 2024
(Thursdays, 8:40pm – 9:55pm EST/EDT)
Location: VIRTUAL LIVE
Course Instructor: SUSAN KAVALER-ADLER, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, D.Litt

Post-graduate psychoanalytic education credits offered: 12.5
Continuing Education Information: 14.5 CE See details here
Tuition: $450/10-week course/trimester (can be paid in 2 installments)
Registration fee: $25/course (waived for ORI’s candidates in training)

To Register for this course, please complete the Registration form

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Melanie Klein’s depressive position is the only state, in the object relations terms, which allows for the whole objects’ development within one’s internal world, as well as the capacity for symbolization, and achievement of the integrated experience of a Subjective Self.

Those with the developmental arrest in the first three years of life are stuck in the paranoid-schizoid position, and do not arrive here. Klein’s depressive position and paranoid-schizoid position are the cornerstone phenomena for the British Object Relations approach to understand human psychic development. They were the focus of the Introduction to Object Relations course which we offered in fall.

In this course, we will follow the evolution of these phenomena through the work of American Object Relations theorists, Drs. James Masterson and Susan Kavaler-Adler.

It will be seen that the American view of separation-individuation is a parallel and overlapping journey with the Kleinian school’s psychic development from the paranoid-schizoid position to the depressive position, and with the Winnicott’s journey of traveling through absolute dependence through mature dependence, from the false self to the true self, as well as from reaction to impingement to the true self evolution in transitional and potential space, where self-initiation, self-activation, self-reflection, and sustained relatedness (object constancy, interiority, empathy and compassion) all become possible.

In James Masterson’s view, the True Self emerges from the phenomena of the “closet narcissist.” Susan Kavaler-Adler has also written about the closet narcissist, as it relates to Woody Allan’s movie “Blue Jasmine,” and Jungian and Object Relations thinking.  However, the developmental journey outlined in Object Relations terms by James Masterson will be complimented in this course by transformational cases in the chapters of Dr. Kavaler-Adler’s 2023 book Developmental Mourning, Erotic Transference, and Object Relations Psychoanalysis.”

While Masterson focuses on the early phases of character resistance in treatment, as well as on countertransference developments and technique, Kavaler-Adler often shows the later stages of developmental mourning evolution, where the true and subjective self is born through an affect journey, which overlaps with Masterson’s abandonment depression phenomena, while offering a view of the longer-term clinical journey.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

At the end of this course, its participants will be able to:

  • Analyze, discuss, and apply the developmental ideas of American Object Relations school, such as the subjective self the emerging self (James Masterson).
  • Analyze, discuss, and apply the developmental ideas of American Object Relations school, such as developmental mourning (Susan Kavaler-Adler).
  • Discuss and analyze the grounding phenomena of the Object Relations theory, such as the depressive position and its relationship to healthy development.
  • Discuss and analyze the grounding phenomena of the Object Relations theory, such as the paranoid-schizoid position and its relationship to developmental deficits.

SYLLABUS:

Week 1:

  • From James Masterson’s Emerging Self: Chapter 1, “Clinical Picture, a Chameleon,” and Chapter 2, “A Developmental, Self, and Object Relations Theory.”
  • From Susan Kavaler-Adler’s Developmental Mourning…: Chapter 5, “Opening Up Blocked Mourning in the Preoedipal Character.”

Week 2:

  • From James Masterson’s Emerging Self: Chapter 3, “Differential Diagnosis.”
  • From Susan Kavaler-Adler’s Developmental Mourning…: Chapter 6, “On the Couch for 60 minutes: Nine Years of Once-a-Week Treatment.”

Week 3:

  • From James Masterson’s Emerging Self: Chapter 4, “Therapeutic neutrality, Frame, Stance, and Task.”
  • From Susan Kavaler-Adler’s Developmental Mourning…: Chapter 2, “The Beginning of Heartache in Character Disorders: On the Way to Relatedness and Intimacy through Primal Affects and Symbolization.”

Week 4:

  • From James Masterson’s Emerging Self: Chapter 5, “The Disembodied Heart and the Latchkey Child.”
  • From Susan Kavaler-Adler’s Developmental Mourning…: Chapter 2, ““Anatomy of Regret: A Developmental View of the Depressive Position, and the Critical Turn Toward Love and Creativity in the Transforming Schizoid Personality.”

Week 5:

  • From James Masterson’s Emerging Self: Chapter 6, “The Guru and the Bed of Pain.”
  • From Susan Kavaler-Adler’s Developmental Mourning…: Chapter 7, “My Graduation is My Mother’s Funeral: Transformation from the Paranoid Schizoid Position to the Depressive Position in Fear of Success, and the Role of the Internal Saboteur.”

Week 6:

  • From James Masterson’s Emerging Self: Chapter 7: “The Prostitute and the Game.”
  • From Susan Kavaler-Adler’s Developmental Mourning…: Chapter 10: “Mourning and Erotic Transference.”

Week 7:

  • From James Masterson’s Emerging Self: Chapter 8, “The Puppet on the String and The Whim of Iron.”
  • From Susan Kavaler-Adler’s Developmental Mourning…: Chapter 18, “Tolerable and Intolerable Regret: Clinical Transformation of the Intolerable into the Tolerable,”

Week 8:

  • From James Masterson’s Emerging Self: Chapter 9, “Countertransference and Projective Identification I: An Overview”
  • From Susan Kavaler-Adler’s Developmental Mourning…: Chapter 14, “An Object Relations Approach to Dreams: From Protosymbolic to Symbolic: In Dream Content and Within the Therapeutic Object Relationship.”

Week 9:

  • From James Masterson’s Emerging Self: Chapter 10, “Countertransference and Projective Identification II: Clinical example: Defensive Fusion Evokes Directness.”
  • From Susan Kavaler-Adler’s Developmental Mourning…: Chapter 8, “From Neurotic Guilt to Existential Guilt as Grief: The Road to Interiority, Agency, and Compassion through Mourning, Part 1.”

Week 10:

  • From James Masterson’s Emerging Self: Chapter 11, “Countertransference and Projective Identification: III: Clinical Examples: Too Much Activity and Direction: Distancing.”
  • From Susan Kavaler-Adler’s Developmental Mourning…: Chapter 9, “From Neurotic Guilt to Existential Guilt as Grief: The Road to Interiority, Agency, and Compassion, Part 2.”

REFERENCES:

  • Masterson, J. F. (1993). The emerging self: A developmental, self, and object relations approach to the treatment of the closet narcissistic disorder of the self. Brunner/Mazel.
  • Kavaler-Adler, S. (2022). Developmental mourning, erotic transference, and object relations psychoanalysis. IPBooks.

INSTRUCTOR’S BIO:

Susan Kavaler-Adler, Ph.D., ABPP, D.Litt., NCPsyA is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst, who has been in practice in Manhattan for 45 years. She is a Fellow of the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis, and is the Founder and Executive Director of the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.  She is a Training Analyst, Senior Supervisor and active faculty member at the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, a NYS Board of Regents chartered psychoanalytic training institute.

Dr. Kavaler-Adler has an honorary doctorate in literature, and she is a prolific author, with published six books and over 70 articles and book chapters in the field of object relations psychoanalytic theory. Six of her seven published books are related to clinical Object Relations theories. They are: Developmental Mourning, Erotic Transference, and Object Relations Psychoanalysis (IPBooks, 2023); The Klein-Winnicott Dialectic: Transformative New Metapsychology and Interactive Clinical Theory (Karnac, 2014); The Anatomy of Regret: From Death Instinct to Reparation and Symbolization in Vivid Case Studies (Karnac, 2013); Mourning, Spirituality and Psychic Change: A New Object Relations View of Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2003; Gradiva® Award from NAAP, 2004); The Creative Mystique: From Red Shoes Frenzy to Love and Creativity (Routledge, 1996; ORI Academic Press 2014; Gradiva® Award nomination); The Compulsion to Create: Women Writers and Their Demon Lovers (Routledge, 1993; ORI Academic Press, 2013). Dr. Kavaler-Adler received 16 awards for her psychoanalytic writing. She is also on the editorial board of the International Journal of Controversial Conversations (IJCC). In addition, Dr. Kavaler-Adler conducts ongoing groups in her practice, such as a monthly writing group, a monthly online experiential supervision group, and a monthly “Mourning, Therapy, and Support Group” with guided visualization. More information can be found at https://kavaleradler.com/.

CONTINUING EDUCATION:

Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis
2024 Winter Educational Events at ORI
January 18, 202 – March 23, 2024
Live Online
Session #1: Developmental Journey to Selfhood: Object Relations Process and the Emerging Self in Work of James Masterson and Susan Kavaler-Adler (Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, D.Litt) (14.5 CE)
Session #2: Erotic Transference and Erotic Countertransference: Pioneering Work of Female Analysts with Male Patients, Vivid Clinical Cases (Panelists: Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, D.Litt; Janine de Peyer, LCSW-R, Loray Daws, PhD, Stefanie Teitelbaum, LCSW-R) (8.5 CE)

Joint Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis (ORIPP).  Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. Amedco Joint Accreditation #4008163.

Amedco Joint Accreditation #4008163.

Psychologists (APA) Credit Designation

This course is co-sponsored by Amedco and Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis. Amedco is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amedco maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 23.0 hours.

The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Counselors: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MO, NC, ND, NH, NE, NJ, NM, NV, OK*, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY

MI: No CE requirements.
*OK: Accepts APA credit for live, in-person activities but not for ethics and/or online courses.
The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for MFTs:
AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, MD, ME, MO, NE, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, OK*, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WDC, WI, WY
AL MFTs: Credits authorized by NBCC or any other state licensing agency will be accepted.

MA MFTs: Participants can self-submit courses not approved by the MAMFT board for review.

The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Addictions Professionals: AK, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IN, KS, LA, MD, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NY (held outside NY ONLY), OK*, OR, SC, UT, WA, WI, WY
The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Social Workers:
AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, ID, IN, KY, ME, MN, MO, NE, NH, NM, OR, PA, VT, WI, WY

New York Board for Social Workers (NY SW)

Amedco SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0115. 23.0 hours.

New York Board for Psychology (NY PSY)

Amedco is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0031. 23.0 hours.

To receive CE certificates for the actual hours attended – please request them at the time of registration or any time prior to beginning of the conference. CE certificate fee: $25 (in addition to the registration fees). No fees charged for PD (Professional Development) certificates from ORI.

REGISTRATION AND FEES:

Tuition: $450/10-week course/trimester (can be paid in 2 installments)
Registration fee: $25/course (waived for ORI’s candidates in training)

SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS are available for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as for retired or disabled practitioners, or need-based or/and those who live outside of the USA.
To apply for your scholarship, please go to the registration form below.

CANCELLATION POLICY:
Full refund until the 1st session.
75% refund before the 2nd session.
50% refund before the 3rd session.
No refund from the day of the third session, but 50% of the full paid tuition will be applied to any further ORI events.

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