Current Concepts in Object Relations Theory on Psychic Change and Clinical Process

- a new certificate program @ ORI - with  Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler - offered for in-person and virtual participation. This program consists of three 10-week trimesters, which can be taken as separate certificate courses, each earning 12hrs of continuing education/ post-graduate credits.

Where: In-person (115 East 9th Street- @ 3rd Ave, 12P, NY, NY, 10003) or

Virtual (audio/video - with minimal technical requirements)

Tuition: $450/ 10 week course (can be paid in 2 installments)

2014-2015 Academic Year, 2nd trimester: January 13, 2015 - March 17, 2015 (Tuesdays, 9 am - 10:10 am)

Current Clinical Object Relations Concepts: Transitional time phenomena; Holding environment; Holding environment and the treatment of the narcissistic character; Psychoanalytic container and the analyst as psychic processing container; Hate in the countertransference;  Attacks on linking; Envy and ‘oral’ envy; Envy and current theorists;  Oral envy in the narcissist; and True and false self.

Syllabus: Second trimester

1.  Transitional Time Phenomena

Transitional time phenomena:  the subjectivity of time, and time as an object.

Read:  A) S. Kavaler-Adler, “Dialectics of mortality and immortality:  Time as an internal and transitional world experience.  Time as a persecutory vs. a holding object” (Issues in Psychoanalytic Psychology, 35, 37-61); B) F. Summers, “Temporality and futurity in the psychoanalytic process” (in The Psychoanalytic Vision: The Experiencing Subject, Transcendence, and the Therapeutic Process, 2013, pp. 109-125).

2.  Holding Environment

Read:  A) D. W. Winnicott (1958)on the holding environment – in “The capacity to be alone” (International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 39, 416-420; re-published in Maturational Processes and the Facilitating Environment, 1965); B) S. Kavaler-Adler, “The case of David: Nine years on the couch for sixty minutes, once a week” (American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 65, 103-134).

3.  Holding Environment and the Treatment of the Narcissistic Character

Read: A. Modell’s (1976) “The holding environment and the therapeutic action of psychoanalysis”

(Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 24, 285-307).

4.  Psychoanalytic Container and the Analyst as Psychic Processing Container

W. Bion offered a concept of the analyst being not only “holding,” but also actively processing psychic “container.”  The analyst processes the Beta (concrete) experience into symbolic level of Alpha experience. This relates to Melanie Klein’s idea of transformation from the paranoid-schizoid to depressive states. 

Read:   W. Bion (1970). Attention and Interpretation (pp. TBA).

5.  Hate in the Countertransference

Hate in the countertransference is concept introduced by D. W. Winnicott in his article with the same title.

Read: Winnicott (1975), “Hate in the countertransference,” in Through Pediatrics to Psychoanalysis, pp. 194-203.

6.  Attacks on Linking

W. Bion’s concept of “attack on linking” was introduced in his article with the same title.

Read:  A) W. Bion, “Attacks on linking” (International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 40, 308-315). B) Kavaler-Adler (2003), “The Case of June” (3 chapters in Mourning, Spirituality and Psychic Change…, pp. TBA.)

7. Envy and ‘Oral’ Envy

Concept of envy and ‘oral’ envy was explored by M. Klein in her classic paper on “Envy and Gratitude.”

Read: Klein (1957). Envy and Gratitude and other works (1946-1963) (pp. TBA).

8. Envy, Current Theorists

Read:  S. Kavaler-Adler (1998). “Vaginal core or vampire mouth. The visceral level of envy in women: The protosymbolic politics of objects relations.” In N. Burke (Ed.). Gender and Envy (pp. 221-238).

9.  Oral Envy in the Narcissist

Read: O. Kernberg (1975). Borderline conditions and pathological narcissism. (pp. TBA)

10.  The True and False Self

The concepts of ‘true’ and ‘false’ self were offered by D. W. Winnicott in his paper on “Ego distortion in terms of true and false self.”

Read: Winnicott (1965). “Ego distortion in terms of true and false self” (In The Maturational Processes and the Facilitating Environment, pp. 140-152). 

Bio of the Instructor:    Susan Kavaler-Adler, Ph.D., ABPP, D. Litt., NCPsyA, is the Founder and Executive Director of the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and a Diplomat in Psychoanalysis from the American Board of Professional Psychology.  Dr. Kavaler-Adler has been practicing for 39 years as a psychologist and psychoanalyst.  She is a Training Analyst, and a Senior Supervising Analyst, who runs monthly supervision groups, and does individual supervision. She has conducted workshops, and presented at conferences and institutes for 39 years.

Dr. Kavaler-Adler is also a prolific author in the field of Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy, and Object Relations theory and clinical practice.  Five of her books are:  The Klein-Winnicott Dialectic: New Transformative Metapsychology and Interactive Clinical Theory (Karnac 2014); The Anatomy of Regret: From Death Instinct to Reparation and Symbolization in Vivid Case Studies; Mourning, Spirituality and Psychic Change: A New Object Relations View of Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2003, Gradiva Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, NAAP, 2004); The Compulsion to Create: Women Writers and Their Demon Lovers (Routledge 1993, ORI Academic Press 2013); The Creative Mystique:  From Red Shoes Frenzy to Love and Creativity (Routledge 1996, ORI Academic Press 2014).  Dr. Kavaler-Adler also has over 60 journal articles and edited book chapters on many topics related to Object Relations theory and Psychoanalysis, topics such as Erotic Transference, Fear of Success, Fear of Intimacy, Self Sabotage, The Supervisor as an Internal Object,  Homoerotic Transference, Pivotal Moments of Surrender to Mourning the Parental Internal Object, Nightmares and Object Relations Theory, The Subject of Seclusion, Date Rape, Seduction, Opening Up Mourning in the Preoedipal Character, Why Narcissists Can’t Mourn, etc. Dr. Kavaler-Adler has won 14 awards in the field for her writing. 

For more information, visit www.kavaleradler.com or write to drkavaleradler@gmail.com or to admin@orinyc.org

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   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)

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