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)

Dates: October 8, 2015 - December 17, 2015, Thursdays, 8:15-9:30pm.

Tuition: $450/ 10-week course (can be paid in 2 installments, as per request)

Location: 115 East 9th Street (@ 3rd Avenue); 12P, NYC, 10003 or Virtual participation – via audio/video or audio only.

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.

Syllabus and readings:

TEXTBOOK FOR the COURSE:  “The Matrix of the Mind,” by Thomas Ogden (published by Jason Aronson, 1986). Additional readings will be emailed.

1st Week:  Chapters 1 and 2: 1) The Psychoanalytic Dialogue; 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 6: “Internal Object Relations.”

6th class:  Chapter 7: “The Mother, the Infant, and the Matrix in the Work of Donald Winnicott.”

7th class:  Chapters 8 and 9: “Potential Space”  and “Dream Space and Analytic Space."

8th class: a) Article: “The Case of David,” by Kavaler-Adler, in American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 2005.  b) Article: “My Graduation is My Mother’s Funeral, Fear of Success" by Kavaler-Adler, in International Forum of psychoanalysis, 2006.

9th class: Article:  “Mourning and Erotic Transference,” by Kavaler-Adler,  in International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 1992, Vol. 73 (3).

10th class:  Article: ”Pivotal Moments of Surrender to Mourning the Parental Internal Objects,” by Kavaler-Adler,  in Psychoanalytic Review, 2008.

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, Spiritualty 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 .


   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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