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

Instructor: Jeffrey B. Rubin, PhD
Date: Thursdays, October 14, 2021 – December 23, 2021 (8:40pm – 9:55pm)
(no class on November 25, 2021)

Location: Virtual Live
Post-graduate psychoanalytic education credits offered: 12.5 hours
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 workshop, please complete the Registration form


Self-analysis is central to psychoanalytic history, theory and practice, and a fulfilling life. Freud’s and Jung’s heroic efforts to understand themselves played a crucial role in the development and evolution of our field. And yet, despite its centrality in psychoanalysis, it has been symptomatically neglected in the literature, leaving beginning and seasoned analysts in the dark about the actual experience and process of self-analysis. A kind of intellectualized self-examination has also all-too-often substituted for genuine, thorough-going self-transformation. This is one crucial reason so many people complain, even psychotherapists and psychoanalysts themselves, that they understand themselves, while they do not change in the ways they hope to.

In this course we will explore a range of seminal psychoanalytic thinkers who have shared their quest to know who they are, including Freud, Jung, Ferenczi, Horney, Winnicott, Loewald, and Milner. We will examine their understandings of the process of and obstacles to self-investigation. Because knowing ourselves is not the province of any single discipline – even psychoanalysis – so we will also explore perspectives and tools from eastern contemplative traditions that are also focused on self-knowledge and liberation. These traditions offer an embodied way of knowing ourselves.

This examination of some of the most suggestive psychoanalytic and contemplative understandings about self-analysis and transformation will illuminate a range of theoretical and clinical concerns that you confront as practicing psychoanalysts and psychotherapists; thereby expanding your understanding of your patients, yourselves, and the world outside your offices. Participants will be encouraged to find – and trust – their own clinical voices through engagement with crucial psychoanalytic, contemplative and somatic thinking and practice.


Each class will consist of a focused presentation by the instructor, discussion of the concepts and readings, Q & A and group dialogue, and meditative and somatic practices ranging from Buddhist meditation and yogic breathing to qigong and practices derived from Chinese internal martials and Russian “Systema,” a holistic system of self-transformation.


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

  • Analyze central obstacles to self-awareness.
  • Compare major sources of self-blindness.
  • Discuss why human beings, lay people and professionals, all-too-often sleep walk through their lives.
  • Analyze the circularity of one’s life.
  • Analyze the reasons people underestimate their potentials.
  • Delineate important clinical implications of various aspects of self-blindness.
  • Evaluate the implications of self-blindness in their lives.
  • Discuss and analyze how one’s efforts to cure him/herself of childhood trauma and wounds imprison them.
  • Analyze and discuss the psychology of “emotional allergies.”
  • Discuss the “prison of the self” – the way many of the building blocks of who we are, including our beliefs and ideals – entrap us.
  • Explore and discuss the clinical implications of self-blindness, the “emotional allergies,” and the “prison of the self.”
  • Explore and discuss the personal implications of self-blindness, the “emotional allergies,” and the “prison of the self.”
  • Discuss and analyze the psychology of self-sabotage.
  • Discuss and analyze the collusive interpersonal circles that reinforce self-sabotage.
  • Discuss and analyze the clinical and personal implications of the way that symptoms are teachers.
  • Experience and analyze the way Eastern somatic disciplines – meditation and conscious breathing, qigong and principles from martial arts – cultivate qualities that are indispensable to self-analysis and self-transformation: heightened awareness, attunement, and presence; and embodied sensing, knowing, and wisdom.


Class 1:

Groundhog Days/Daze: The Psychology of Self-Blindness and Its Impact on Human Development

  • Mitchell, S. (1993). Foreword. In Barron, J. W., Self-analysis: Critical inquiries, personal visions (pp. xiii- xviii). The Analytic Press.
  • Barron, J. (1993). Introduction. In Self-analysis: Critical Iinquiries, personal visions (pp. xix-xxii.). The Analytic Press.
  • Lussier, M. (1993). Freud’s self-analysis. In Barron, J. W., Self-analysis: Critical inquiries, personal visions (pp. 277-284). The Analytic Press.
  • Rubin, J.B. (1998). To see or not to see: That was Freud’s dilemma. In A Psychoanalysis for Our Time: Exploring the Blindness of the Seeing I (pp. 336-365). New York University Press.
  • Rubin, J.B. (2012, May). The real Oedipal Complex. PsychologyToday.
  • Pandita, U. S. (1992). Basic morality and meditation. In This very life: The liberation teachings of the Buddha (pp. 11-28). Wisdom Publications.
  • Young, S. (2016). Five Ways to Know Yourself: An Introduction to Basic Mindfulness, pp. 7-14.
    Retrievable at:

Class 2:

The Cure is the Illness: The Prisons We Construct to Protect Ourselves

  • Rubin, J. (2018). No Wall Can Keep Out What Haunts Donald Trump. Psychology Today.
  • Ferenczi, S. (1932[1985]). The Clinical Diary of Sandor Ferenczi (pp. xvii-xxvi; 10-16; 28-29; 34-38; 42-45; 71-75; 184-187; 199-202; 209-210). Harvard University Press.
  • Desikachar, T.K.V. (1995). Chapter 6: Pranayama. In The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice (pp. 53-69). Inner Traditions International.

Class 3:

Emotional Allergies

  • Loewald, H. (1978). Man as a moral agent. In Psychoanalysis and the history of the individual (pp. 1-26).
  • Rubin, J.B. (2017). The art of flourishing: A guide to mindfulness, self-care, and love in a chaotic world (pp. 84-111).
  • Rubin, J.B. H. (2018). The marriage of intimacy and meaning. In B. Willock, R. Curtis, & L. Bohm (Eds.), Psychoanalytic perspectives on passion: Meanings and manifestations in the clinical setting and beyond (pp. 95-100). Routledge.
  • Requena, Y. (1996). Chi Kung: The Chinese art of mastering energy (pp. 1-13; 39-43; 45-58; 87-110; 111-120). Healing Arts Press.

Class 4:

The Prison of the Self: Ideals, the Pleasure-Pain Principle, and the Contemporaneous Unconscious

  • Horney, K. (1945). The idealized image. In Our inner conflicts. W. W. Norton & Company (pp. 96-115).
  • Horney, K. (1950). The tyranny of the should. In Neurosis and human growth. W. W. Norton & Company (pp. 64-85).
  • Kramer, J., & Alstad, D. (1993). Gurus, psychotherapy, and the unconscious. In The guru papers: Masks of authoritarian power. North Atlantic Press (pp. 101-106).
  • Kramer, J., & Alstad, D. (2009). Images. In The passionate mind revisited: Expanding personal and social awareness (pp. 141-157).  North Atlantic Press.
  • Young, S. (2016). The science of enlightenment (pp. 105-107; pp. 155-166). Sounds True.
  • Bisio, T. (2014). Ba Gua Nei Gong: Yin Yang patting and Dao Yin exercises (pp. 1-35). Outskirts Press.

Class 5:

The Psychology of Self-Sabotage

  • Rank, O. (1935). Neurosis as a failure in creativity. In R. Kramer (Ed.), A psychology of difference: The American lectures (pp. 251-259).
  • Rank, O. (1945). Fate and self-determination. In Truth and reality (pp. 86-96).
  • Rubin, J. B. (2019). Why New Year’s resolutions fail and what to do about it.
    Retrievable at
  • Vasiliev, V. (1997). Introduction to the Russian Health System. In: The Russian System Guidebook (pp. 47-55). Optimum Training Systems.

Class 6:

Toward Transformation: Mindfulness and Meaning; Jung and the Creative Psyche

  • Rubin, J.B. (2013). Meditative psychotherapy. Abiding Change Press. Find it on Kindle:
  • Freud, S. (1900). The interpretation of dreams. Chapter 7.
  • Jung, C. G. (1961). Confrontation with the unconscious. In J. Chodorow (Ed.), Jung on active imagination (pp. 21-40).

Class 7:

Self-Creation in the Present

Classes 8, 9 and 10:

Self-Realization; Living from the Inside Out, Self-Care in Challenging Times, Lingering and Savoring

  • Rubin, J.B. (2017). The art of flourishing: A guide to mindfulness, self-care, and love in a chaotic world (pp. 84-111).
  • Milner, M. (1957). Postscript and appendix. In On not being able to paint (pp. 145-165).
  • Rayner, E. (1991). Artistic creativity. In The independent tradition in British psychoanalysis (pp. 73-78).
  • Winnicott, D.W. (1967/1986). The concept of a healthy individual. In Home is where we start from: Essays by a psychoanalyst (pp. 21-38).
  • Winnicott, D.W. (1967/1986). Living creatively. In Home is where we start from: Essays by a psychoanalyst (pp. 39-54).


  • Required reading as indicated on the enclosed course syllabus (which will provide the basis for class discussion).
  • 1 – 2 page weekly reaction papers to the readings that include your theoretical and clinical reflections, insights, and questions.


Jeffrey B. Rubin Ph. D practices psychoanalysis and psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy and teaches meditation in New York City and North Salem, New York. He is considered one of the leading integrators of the Western psychotherapeutic and eastern meditative traditions. A Sensei in the Nyogen Senzaki and Soen Nakagawa Rinzai Zen lineage and the creator of meditative psychotherapy, a practice that he developed through insights gained from decades of study, teaching and trying to helping people flourish, Dr. Rubin is the author of the new ebook, Meditative Psychotherapy and the critically acclaimed books The Art of Flourishing, Psychotherapy and Buddhism, The Good Life and A Psychoanalysis for Our Time.

Dr. Jeffrey Rubin has taught at various universities, psychoanalytic institutes and Buddhist and yoga centers. He lectures around the country and has given workshops at the United Nations, the Esalen Institute, the Open Center and the 92nd Street Y. A blogger for Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Rewireme, and Elephant Journal, his pioneering approach to psychotherapy and Buddhism has been featured in The New York Times Magazine.

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This educational activity is accredited by Amedco to provide 14.5 CEs for NYS Social WorkersNYS Psychologists, and 14.5 APA based CEs for Psychologists, SWs, MFTs, MHCs, Addiction Professionals (Check your states below).

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.

Psychologists (APA) Credit Designation

Amedco LLC designates this activity for a maximum of up to 27.0 Psychologist contact hours.

The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Counselors: AK, AL, 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, WA, WI, WY
MI: No CE requirements
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, WI, WY
MI: No CE requirement
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 (outstate held)*, OK, OR, SC, UT, WA, WI, WY
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 Social Workers: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, ID, IN, KY, ME, MN, MO, NE, NH, NM, OR, PA, VT, WI, WY

* If the activity is held live in the state of NY, then direct addictions board is required, ie: NAADAC. If the activity is held outside NY, is virtual, enduring or remote, it is considered “outstate” and this reciprocity applies.

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. 27.0 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. 27.0 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.


Tuition: $450/10-week course/trimester (can be paid in 2 installments, upon request)
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.

You can request scholarship using this form

Refund in full is offered for cancellations made before or on the day of the 1st class (January 13, 2022). 70% refund of the tuition fees is offered for cancellations made on the day of the 2nd class (January 20, 2022). No refunds for cancellations made on or after the 3rd class (January 27, 2022), but credit can be applied for any of the educational events offered at the ORI in 2022 or further on.




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