Introduction to the Object Relations Clinical Theory and Its Clinical Experiential Applications

1st Trimester of Year 1 of the One-Year, Two-Year and the Full Training in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (can be also taken as an individual post-graduate certificate course; no pre-requisites)

Course instructor: Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA

Dates: October 3, 2019 - December 19, 2019, Thursdays, 8:40 - 9:55pm. No class on October 17th and November 28th, 2019.

Tuition: $450/ 10-week course/ trimester (can be paid in 2 installments, upon request). Registration: $25/course (waived for candidates in training) - can be paid by CC via PayPal - follow the link: PayPal.Me/ORINYC . Additional registration fee ($25) for non-candidates.

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This course will introduce students to critical psychic structure issues related to character disorder pathology and the related developmental issues.  Clinical technique will be addressed through both original readings in British and American object relations theory, as well as in “in vivo” role playing demonstrations. Through the role playing, the students will have an opportunity to experience their patients from the inside out. Various character resistances will be discussed in relation to Melanie Klein's and Donald W. Winnicott’s contributions to this topic, as well as to some representatives of American school of object relations, such Thomas Ogden and Susan Kavaler-Adler.

Classes will consist of lecture and discussion on readings.  Some classes will have an experiential component, with a role play, where a student volunteers to role-play a patient, and Dr. Kavaler-Adler plays the psychoanalytic object relations therapist.

Post-graduate psychoanalytic education credits offered: 12.5hrs.

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

This class will consist of readings, discussions, and role plays.

Learning Goals:

Syllabus and readings:


1. The Matrix of the Mind, by Thomas Ogden (published by Jason Aronson, 1986).

2. The Klein-Winnicott Dialectic: New Transformative Metapsychology and Interactive Clinical Theory, by Susan Kavaler-Adler (published by Karnac, 2014).  Additional readings will be emailed.

Readings for weeks 1-6 are from T. Ogden's book, The Matrix of the Mind:  

1st Week:  Chapter 1, The Psychoanalytic Dialogue; and Chapter 2, Instinct, Phantasy, and Psychological Deep Structure in the Work of Melanie Klein.

2nd Week:  Chapter 3, The Paranoid-Schizoid Position: Self as Object.

3rd class:  Chapter 4, The Depressive Position and the Birth of the Historical Subject.

4th class:  Chapter 5, Between the Paranoid-Schizoid and the Depressive Position.

5th class:  Chapter 7, The Mother, the Infant, and the Matrix in the Work of Donald Winnicott.

6th class:  Chapter 8, Potential Space,  and Chapter 9, Dream Space and Analytic Space.

Readings for weeks 7-9 are from S. Kavaler-Adler's book, Klein-Winnicott Dialectic:

7th class:  Chapter 1, Like Moses On the Way to the Promised Land: A Case of Pathological Mourning (pp. 1-26). This chapter is related to the interaction between Melanie Klein psychobiography/internal world and her major theories.  The chapter focuses on the British theorist’s history, and her mother’s personality.

8th class: Chapter 2, Melanie Klein's Creative Writing Revealing Themes in Her Life and Theorizing (pp. 27-42). This chapter is about Melanie Klein’s creative writing & creative process, and her Demon Lover Complex. Klein's internal mother becomes a metapsychological theory of the Death Instinct: Death Instinct as Demon Lover.

9th class: Chapter 6, Developmental Evolution in the Work of D. W. Winnicott, Psychic and Transitional Space (pp. 115-148). This is a a clinical chapter that illustrates the theory of transitional space and potential space in Winnicott and the theory of mourning in Klein.  The clinical examples integrate the clinical aspects of Klein’s and Winnicott’s theories, along with Dr. Kavaler-Adler’s theory of developmental mourning.

10th class:  a) Original paper of Melanie Klein, Mourning and Its Relation to Manic Depressive States, b) Pivotal Moments of Surrender to Mourning the Parental Internal Objects, by Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler  (Psychoanalytic Review, 2008).

Classes will consist of lecture and discussion on readings.  Some classes will have an experiential component, with a role play, where a student volunteers to role-play a patient, and Dr. Kavaler-Adler plays the psychoanalytic object relations therapist.

Some additional readings, such as original works of M. Klein and D. W. Winnicott will be offered and distributed via email.

For more information, please contact ORI administrator by email at admin@orinyc.org or by phone at 646-522-1056.

BIO of the instructor:

Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler is a founder and executive director of the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ORI), chair of the ORI Board, as well as the chair of the Training Committee, advisor, training analyst, and psychoanalytic training supervisor. She has 40 years’ experience in object relations psychoanalytic practice, specializing in early psyhotrauma, character pathology, grief and mourning, blocks to creativity, and other challenging psychological issues.

Dr. Kavaler-Adler is a prolific author, with five books and sixty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters related to complex object-relations clinical phenomena of developmental mourning, demon-lover complex, erotic transference, female creativity, and many others. She has received 15 awards for her writing in the field of psychoanalysis including the Gradiva Award from NAAP in 2004 and four competitive Arlene Wohlberg Memorial awards. 

Dr. Kavaler-Adler’s books are:  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); Mourning, Spirituality and Psychic Change: A New Object Relations View of Psychoanalysis (Routledge 2003, Gradiva award 2004); The Anatomy of Regret: From Death Instinct to Reparation and Symbolization in Vivid Case Studies (Karnac, 2013); Klein-Winnicott Dialectic: New Transformative Metapsychology and Interactive Clinical Theory” (Karnac, 2014). 

For more information – visit www.kavaleradler.com.


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