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Individual Courses


All of our traditional certificate programs and courses are offered as individual courses (without a requirement for the group supervision class component).

Since 2013-2014 academic year, ALL Certificate Programs and Courses are offered in traditional (in-person) and virtual formats. For more information, please contact ORI Administrator, Dr. Inna Rozentsvit, at 646-522-1056.

Individual Courses Offered in 2016-2017 Academic Year:

10/6/16 - 12/22/16 (Thursdays, 8:15pm -9:30pm) - Introduction to the Object Relations Clinical Theory and Its Clinical Experiential Applications (with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, D.Litt)

10/6/16 - 12/22/16 (Thursdays, 8:15pm - 9:30pm) - The Unconscious - through the Evolution of Psychoanalytic Theory and Neuroscience (with Eva Papiasvili, PhD, ABPP)

10/6/16 - 12/22/16 (Thursdays, 6:15pm - 7:30pm) - “Analyst as Instrument” Group Supervision Class (with Stefanie Teitelbaum, LCSW, NCPsyA)

1/12/17 - 3/16/17 (Thursdays, 8:30pm - 9:45pm ) - Schizoid Phenomena and Schizoid Personality (with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, D.Litt)

1/12/17 - 3/16/17 (Thursdays, 7:10pm - 8:25pm) - “Analyst as Instrument” Group Supervision Class (with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, D.Litt)

Winter  2017 (Selected Saturdays, dates TBA, @ 9:45 am - 12:20 pm) - Caesura and Thalassa; A Dialectical Playground with FREUD – FERENCZI – BION (with Stefanie Teitelbaum, LCSW, PCPsyA)

3/23/17 - 6/01/17 (Thursdays, 6:15pm - 7:30pm) - “Analyst as Instrument” Group Supervision Class (with Stefanie Teitelbaum, LCSW, NCPsyA

3/23/17 - 6/01/17 (Thursdays, 8:15pm -9:30pm) - The Dream as the Entre to Everything: Psychoanalytic Explorations into Interpretation of Dreams (with Jeffrey Lewis, PhD)

3/23/17 - 6/01/17 (Thursdays, 7:45pm - 9:00pm) - Psychoanalytic Technique: Freud and Beyond (with Stefanie Teitelbaum, LCSW, PCPsyA)

Spring 2017 (Dates/ Times TBA) - Infant Observational Research and Its Impact on Psychoanalytic Theory and Technique (with Ann Rose Simon, LCSW)

 


Individual Courses Offered in 2015-2016 Academic Year:

10/8/15-12/17/15 (Thursdays, 8:15pm -9:30pm) - Introduction to the Object Relations Clinical Theory and Its Clinical Experiential Applications (with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, DLitt)

10/8/15-12/17/15 (Thursdays, 8:15pm -9:30pm) - Neuropsychoanalysis: Attachment and Object Relations through the Lens of Neurobiology and Brain Mapping (with Inna Rozentsvit, M.D., PhD)

10/8/15-12/17/15 (Thursdays, 6:15pm -7:30pm) - “Analyst as Instrument” Group Supervision Class (with Harriet Wald, LCSW)

10/28/15 – 12/02/15 (Wednesdays, 2:10 – 3:25 pm) – 6-week Supervisory Group with Six Experiential Dimensions: In-vivo role playing; In-vivo writing; Meditative visualization; Process case presentation; Reading and discussion; and Body awareness experience (with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, D.Litt)

October-December, 2015 (Selected Saturdays, 10 am - 1 pm) - Examining Cultural Artifacts: A Tool for Personal and Professional Development (course/ seminar with Robinson Lilienthal, PhD)

10/31/15 (11am-2pm) - The Fourth Dr. Jeffrey Seinfeld Memorial Workshop/ Lecture - Honoring the legacy of Dr. Seinfeld's tradition of dialectical thinking - Klein-Winnicott Dialectic - (with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, D.Litt and Jack Schwarts, PsyD, LCSW, NCPsyA).

1/7/16-3/10/16  (Thursdays, 8:15pm -9:30pm) - Core Self Development and /or Disruption through Separation-Individuation Process (with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, DLitt)

1/7/16-3/10/16  (Thursdays, 6:15pm -7:30pm) - “Analyst as Instrument” Group Supervision Class (with Harriet Wald, LCSW)

January - March, 2016 (Selected Saturdays, 10 am - 1 pm) - Examining Cultural Artifacts: A Tool for Personal and Professional Development (course/ seminar with Robinson Lilienthal, PhD)

3/17/16 - 6/02/16 (Thursdays, 8:15pm -9:30pm) - Therapeutic Regression: Contributions of S. Ferenczi and M. Balint (with Jeffrey Lewis, PhD)

3/17/16 - 6/02/16 (Thursdays, 8:15pm -9:30pm) - Trauma and Memory: Freudian and Object Relations Perspectives (with Eva Papiasvili, PhD, ABPP)

3/17/16 - 6/02/16 (Thursdays, 6:15pm -7:30pm) - “Analyst as Instrument” Group Supervision Class (with Harriet Wald, LCSW)

March - May, 2016 (Dates/ Times TBA) - Infant Observational Research and Its Impact on Psychoanalytic Theory and Technique (with Ann Rose Simon, LCSW)

March - May, 2016 (Selected Saturdays, 10 am - 1 pm) - Examining Cultural Artifacts: A Tool for Personal and Professional Development (course/ seminar with Robinson Lilienthal, PhD)


Individual Courses Offered in 2014-2015 Academic Year:

10/2/14-12/11/14 (Thursdays, 8:15pm -9:30pm) - Introduction to the Object Relations Clinical Theory and Its Clinical Experiential Applications (certificate course with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, DLitt) - completed

10/2/14-1/08/15 (Thursdays, 8:15pm -9:30pm) - Advanced Freudian Thought and Technique (certificate course with Eva Papiasvili, PhD, ABPP)

10/2/14-12/11/14 (Thursdays, 6:15pm -7:30pm) - “Analyst as Instrument” Group Supervision Class (with Harriet Wald, LCSW)

10/7/14-12/9/14 (Tuesdays, 9:00 - 10:10 am) - Current Clinical Object Relations Concepts: Object survival; Developmental mirroring; Pathological narcissistic mirroring; Mirroring vulnerability, Addiction to “bad objects”; Malignant vs. benign regression; Mourning; Developmental mourning; and Transitional and potential space and transitional objects (certificate course with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, DLitt) - completed

10/11; 10/18; 11/1; 11/15; 12/6 (Saturdays, 9:45 am - 12:20 pm) - Reading Wilfred Bion: Second Thoughts  (with Stefanie Teitelbaum, LCSW, NPsyA)

10/25/14; 11/7/14; 11/29/14; 12/13/14 (Selected Saturdays, 10 am - 1 pm) - Examining Cultural Artifacts: A Tool for Personal and Professional Development ( with Robinson Lilienthal, PhD)

1/13/15-3/17/15 (Tuesdays, 9:00 - 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 (with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, DLitt)

1/8/15-3/12/15  (Thursdays, 8:15pm -9:30pm) - Sigmund Freud and His Contributions as the First Object Relations Theorist - course is postponed

1/15/15-3/19/15  (Thursdays, 8:15pm -9:30pm) - Melanie Klein and Her Contributions to Modern Psychoanalytic Practice: Concepts, Theories, Clinical Examples (with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, DLitt)

1/15/15-3/19/15  (Thursdays, 6:15pm -7:30pm) - “Analyst as Instrument” Group Supervision Class (with Harriet Wald, LCSW)

January 2015 - March 2015 (Selected Saturdays, 10 am - 1 pm, dates TBA) - Examining Cultural Artifacts: A Tool for Personal and Professional Development (with Robinson Lilienthal, PhD)

3/24/15-6/09/15 (Tuesdays, 9:00 - 10:10 am; NB: no class on 4/14 and 4/21.) - Current Clinical Object Relations Concepts: The Object Relations View on Creative Process and Developmental Process.   (with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, DLitt)

3/29/15 (Sunday, 10am -4:30pm) - Countertransference: Its History as a Theory, a Phenomenon, and as a Resistance - Interactive Workshop: Lecture, “in vivo” Role-play, and Meditative Visualization (with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, DLitt).

3/26/15-6/04/15 (Thursdays, 8:15pm -9:30pm) - Therapeutic Regression: Contributions of S. Ferenczi and M. Balint (with Jeffrey Lewis, PhD) - postponed

March 2015 - June 2015 (Selected Saturdays, 10 am - 1 pm) - Examining Cultural Artifacts: A Tool for Personal and Professional Development (with Robinson Lilienthal, PhD)

4/02/15-6/04/15 (Thursdays, 8:15pm -9:30pm) - The Dream as the Entre to Everything: Psychoanalytic Explorations into Interpretation of Dreams (with Jeffrey Lewis, PhD)

4/02/15-6/04/15 (Thursdays, 6:15pm -7:30pm) - “Analyst as Instrument” Group Supervision Class (with Harriet Wald, LCSW)

6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1 (five Saturdays, 9:45 am - 12:20 pm) - From 'Attention' to 'Faith':


Individual Courses Offered in 2013-2014 Academic Year:

For Registration form, click HERE.

9/22/13 (12pm-2pm) - Character Disorders: Narcissistic, Borderline, and Schizoid (workshop with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, DLitt). This workshop is followed by ORI Open House (from 2pm to 4pm). Free event. RSVP is required.

10/1/13-12/10/13 (Tuesdays, 9:00 - 10:15 am) - Current Concepts in Object Relations Theory on Psychic Change and Clinical Process. Part 1: The Anatomy of Regret (certificate course with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, DLitt).

10/3/12-12/19/13 (10-weeks; Thursdays, 8:15pm -9:30pm) - Neurosis and Oedipal Conflicts (certificate course with Eva Papiasvili, PhD, ABPP).

10/3/12-12/19/13 (10-weeks; Thursdays, 8:15pm -9:30pm) - Introduction to the Object Relations Clinical Theory and Its Contributors (certificate course with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, DLitt).

10/3/12-12/19/13 (10-weeks; Thursdays, 6:15pm -7:30pm) - Group Supervision: Analyst as Instrument (certificate course with Harriet Wald, LCSW).

1/07/13-3/18/14 (Tuesdays, 9:00 - 10:15 am) - Current Concepts in Object Relations Theory on Psychic Change and Clinical Process. Part 2: The Klein-Winnicott Dialectic (certificate course with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, DLitt).

1/09/14-3/20/14 (10-weeks; Thursdays, 8:15pm -9:30pm) - Narcissistic Phenomena and Narcissistic Personality Disorder (certificate course with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, D.Litt).

1/09/14-6/03/14 (10-weeks; Thursdays, 6:15pm -7:30pm) - Group Supervision: Analyst as Instrument (certificate course with Harriet Wald, LCSW).

3/25/14-6/05/14 (Tuesdays, 9:00 - 10:15 am) - Current Concepts in Object Relations Theory on Psychic Change and Clinical Process. Part 3: Reading Donald L. Carveth and Frank Summers: Conscience and Subjectivity  (certificate course with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, DLitt).

3/27/14-6/05/14 (10-weeks; Thursdays, 8:15pm -9:30pm) - Neo-Kleinian Thought and Developmental Mourning Theory (certificate course with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, D.Litt).

3/27/14-3/20/14 (10-weeks; Thursdays, 6:15pm -7:30pm) - Group Supervision: Analyst as Instrument (certificate course with Harriet Wald, LCSW).  

3/29/14-5/31/14 (Saturdays, 3/29; 4/12, 26; 5/17, 31; 9:45 am - 12:20 pm) - Reading Wilfred Bion: Theory, Function and Clinical Practice (certificate course with Stefanie Teitelbaum, LCSW-R, LP, B. Music).

For Registration form, click HERE.

Certificate for continuing education/ post-graduate educational credits for mental health professionals can be provided for attendance of those courses which are offered as a part of certificate programs or as individual certificate courses.
(write to admin@ORINYC.org).

Useful information related to getting financial assistance for your education from your employer:

Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (Training Foundation)  is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization.

Our EIN # 133697333. We are chartered by NYS Department of Education to provide post-graduate training in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.


  Introduction to the Object Relations Clinical Theory & Technique of Psychotherapy - completed

Dates: October 3 - December 20, 2012, 8:15-9:30 pm.

Instructor: Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler

Location: 115 East 9th Street; 12P, NYC, 10003

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 readings in British Object Relations
Theory and American Object Relations theory, as well as in “in vivo” role playing demonstrations. Trough the role playing,
the students will have an opportunity to “get inside the skin of their patients,” or experience their patients from the inside
out, while the Instructor will play the role of the psychoanalytic object relations psychotherapist-analyst. British Object relations theory will come alive through the writings and work of American Object Relations theorists.

Full syllabus is available HERE for download OR CLICK HERE to be forwarded to the web page dedicated to this course.

For more information, contact ORI Administrator at 646-522-1056.


  Borderline Personality Disorder:  It’s Phenomena and Treatment - completed

Dates: October 11 - December 20, 2012, Thursdays; 8:15-9:30 pm.

Instructor: Eva Papiasvili, PhD, ABPP

Location: 136 East, 55th Street, Apt. 6A,  NYC, NY 10022 (SE corner of 55th Street and Lexington Ave, on a IRT line) or Virtual participation – via audio/video or audio only (New!).

Readings of Freud, Klein, Fairbairn, Winnicott, Kernberg, Segal, Masterson, Jacobson, Bowlby, and others - about Borderline character disorder patients and their developmental disruptions and pathology will be discussed. 

Role-playing will also be employed, to help students to appreciate self-sabotaging behaviors of patients with BPD and to introduce boundaries and limits. 

Issues of self-integration and separation-individuation will be discussed, along with the character defenses related to developmental arrest, such as primitive splitting, primitive idealization and primitive devaluation (spoiling), paranoid rage, and concepts of “border-land insanity”; “middle ground”;  “between neurosis and   psychosis”, “latent psychosis”, projection, introjection, projective identification, and others.

For more information about this course, please visit its dedicated page HERE.

Post-graduate psychoanalytic education credits offered: 12.5hrs.


Psychoanalytic Technique: Freud and Beyond - completed

Dates: October 3 - December 12, 2012; Wednesdays, 10 - 11:15 am.

Instructor: Susan Mellan, LCSW

Location: 19 West 34th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues); 12th floor; Suite 1200; NYC, 10001 or Virtual participation – via audio/video or audio only (New!).

In this course we will explore the development and the evolution of Freud's psychoanalytic technique. Freud’s seminal papers on technique, from 1890 to 1905, were written before the introduction of the structural model and so were developed, primarily within the framework of the topographical model which rested on the recovery of repressed memories to affect a cure. During the second phase, he grappled with transference manifestations in the clinical situation.  Transference posed as a resistance to the patient's coming to understand their internal conflicts and so it needed to be interpreted and worked through.  Later readings begin to introduce other models of technique and their theoretical underpinnings.

Evolution of Freud’s ideas on psychoanalytic technique will be looked at through the works of James Masterson and Thomas Ogden. We also will use class member's clinical material to explore applications.

For more information about the course, please visit its dedicated page HERE.

Post-graduate psychoanalytic education credits offered: 12.5hrs.


  Sigmund Freud as an Object Relations Theorist - completed

Dates: January 10 - March 7, 20113, 8:15-9:40 pm

Instructor: Rafael Javier, PhD, ABPP

Location: 217 E 12th St. 4A (between 2nd and 3rd Ave) and via Virtual Participation

This course offers a careful critical examination of major original works of Freud from its very beginning of his publication
on hysteria to his later works on the extent to which the work of psychoanalysis is greatly limited by the strength of
the instincts in terms of its capacity to produce permanent cure. The emphasis of this course is on the careful
delineation of how Freud’s concepts  of the “object” is present in his major works, and how his thinking contributed
extensively to current theoretical positions on object relations.  In this context, we examine his work on symptom
formation, narcissism, sexuality, masochism, to name a few.  Students are expected to read these original works,
which are also supplemented with other relevant writings from current thinkers.

For course syllabus - click HERE

For  registration form - click HERE.

For more information, contact ORI Administrator at 646-522-1056.


  Schizoid Personality and Schizoid Phenomena  - completed

Dates: January 3 - March 7, 20113, 8:15-9:30 pm

Instructor: Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NPsyA, D.Litt

Location: 115 East 9th Street; 12P, NY, NY, 10003 and via Virtual Participation

This course will offer readings, lectures, and discussions of all the psychodynamic mental operations and psychic phenomenology related to the whole human continuum of schizoid phenomena, including schizoid personality disorder.  The course instructor, Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler , is an object relations psychoanalytic theorist who has published cases on well known schizoid artists and writers (Emily Dickinson and Emily Bronte), as well as on patients with schizoid phenomena in clinical treatment.

With readings by the classic British object relations theorists Ronald Fairbairn and Harry Guntrip, as well by more current American theorists, such as Jeffrey Seinfeld, James Masterson, Thomas Ogden, and Susan Kavaler-Adler, this course offers various fundamental and critical perspectives to open up the clinician’s consciousness to the traps, impasses, and developmental arrests related to treating people with schizoid personality disorder and those with more moderate schizoid dynamics.  This course will also help open the clinician’s consciousness to the slow and gradual psychic change and psychic integration process that takes place at a profoundly primal core-self level.

Within this course, we will look at the “need/fear dilemma” of the schizoid, and at the “in and out solution,” as well as at the “schizoid compromise” and the desperate need for contact and connection in the sealed-off person. This person usually lives through intellectual permutations of internal world self and other object constellations, and through related fantasy and dream imagery, while simultaneously feeling suffocated and empty. A schizoid person desperately craves the connection with others and the outside world, but  he/ she is frightened about devouring and destroying the other with his/her own "vacuum cleaner" "sucking" needs. 

We will look also at the attempt of a schizoid to live life vicariously through vivid and sophisticated psychic fantasy, as can be seen in the literature; e.g., in writings of Henry James and Emily Dickinson.  We will look at an arrested psychic structure of a schizoid personality that cannot psychically digest the others. This results in attempts to "swallow" others whole, as in a form of psychic anorexia and psychic bulimia, when psychic internalization is not possible. Then, psychic incorporation and “living through identifications” is the fate of an affectively isolated and often literally withdrawn individual, who looks at others in the world as if peering through a window, always on the outside, looking in at the others, who seem so alive, involved, and connected. 

Creating oneself and others through stories in one’s mind (based on preverbal mother and self primal incorporations) becomes a world of illusions that is often mistaken for reality in the schizoid personality. When living in the world is aborted, one can live a “living death” in “alabaster chambers” as Emily Dickinson did at her most withdrawn and regressed times, and yet create some of the world’s most profound literature and poetry. 

For syllabus, click HERE

For registration form, click HERE


  January 9 - March 6, 20113; 10 am - 11:25 am

Infant Observational Research and Its Impact on Psychoanalytic Theory and Technique - completed
Instructor: Ann Rose Simon, LCSW

Location: 1225 Park Avenue; 1225 Park Avenue, Suite 1E; New York, NY 10128 or via Virtual Participation 

This course is also a part of the NEW Parent-Child Development Program at ORI

Theories about child development changed over the past fifty years as researchers and theorists began to observe infants and parents closely and to base their theories on these actual observations of infants and of the parent-infant dyad.  This course will help all professionals working with children and adults to become familiar with the major infant research projects and the theories of development that have emerged from this research.  The course will explore the impact that infant research has had on accepted theories of child development, especially those of Sigmund Freud, Melanie Klein and Donald W. Winnicott.  Participants will explore how changing theories of child development have influenced psychoanalytic techniques, educational approaches, and therapeutic and educational interventions to strengthen parent-child bonds and relationships. In addition, they will come to understand various research protocols and critically assess the validity of the research studied in the class.

For syllabus, click HERE

For registration form, click HERE


  Donald Winnicott and His Contribution to Object Relations Clinical Thinking: The Theory, Practice, and Importance - registration is open (please note new schedule for this course!)

Dates: March 28 - May 30, 2013, 8:15 - 9:40 pm

Instructor: Ruth Danon, PhD 

Location: 88 University Place, 4G; NYC or via Virtual Participation

"Psychotherapy takes place in the overlap of two areas of playing, that of the patient and that of the therapist. Psychotherapy has to do with two people playing together. The corollary of this is that where playing is not possible then the work done by the therapist is directed towards bringing the patient from a state of not being able to play into a state of being able to play. (from "Playing: Its Theoretical Status in the Clinical Situation," 1971)"

This is a ten week introduction to the theory, practice, and significance of the work of the British Object Relations theorist and practitioner, D. W. Winnicott. We will first place Winnicott in context and then move through some of his major concepts. In each class we will do close reading of significant papers and discuss application to actual practice.

This course shows how D.W. Winnicott transformed the practice of psychoanalysis, enlarging its scope to understand the developmental progressions, disruptions, and traumas that take place within with the whole, or the leaking container of the “mother-infant matrix.”

We will be working mainly with primary material, though other texts may appear along the way or in the course packet. Through Pediatrics to Psychoanalysis is required. I will provide a course packet that includes the articles we will use from other texts. If you’re really interested, you should get the wonderful collection of Winncott’s letters, called The Spontaneous Gesture.  I will use excerpts from the book during the class. These, too, will be in the course packet.

Supplementary material by Ogden, Kavaler-Adler, and others will be included in the course packet and referred to during the course.

For course syllabus, click HERE

For  registration form - click HERE

For more information, contact ORI Administrator at 646-522-1056.


Child's Play & Its Role in Development of Children and Adolescents (also a part of the Parent-Child Development Program @ ORI) - registration is open

Dates: March 27 - May 8, 2013, 10:15-11:50 am

Instructor: Charles Bonerbo, LCSW  

Location: 19 W. 34th St., Sociometric Institute, Penthouse Ste, NYC, 10001, or via Virtual Participation. Video files of the sessions will be available for those who had registered but cannot attend classes in-person or via live virtual participation.

This program will focus on children’s and adolescents' play as an essential ingredient of healthy emotional development and integrated personality and whole relatedness.

Each week we will focus on a child's phase-specific development, and highlight, discuss, and explore the specific “play tasks” that are relevant for that phase.

Participants will have a greater understanding of the essential elements of play and how it directly affects a child's and adolescent's emotional development. Also, the notion of spontaneous gesture will be explored and understood as a goal of emotional development.

Other topics to be explored will include:

·         Precociousness and its vicissitudes;

·         Traumatic Experience, Cumulative Trauma, and Pre-mature exposure as it pertains to the overwhelming of the ego and the subsequent foreclosure of symbolism

·         Concreteness and lack of spontaneity (anxious and autistic states), and others.

For course syllabus, click HERE.

For more information, please contact ORI Administrator at 646-522-1056 or Admin@ORINYC.org.


Advanced Dream interpretation - registration is open

May 2 - May 30, 2013, 8:15 - 9:40 pm; June 6; 13, 2013 (6:45 pm - 9:40 pm)

Instructor: Margaret A. Yard, PhD, APRN, BC

Location: 160 East 84th Street, NYC or via virtual participation

“…To die to sleep,
To sleep, perchance to Dream; Ay, there's the rub,
For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause…” (Hamlet. William Shakespeare) 

Although more than 100 years have elapsed, the conception of dream life which Freud established in 1900s is still today the essential referent in therapy. “The Interpretation of Dreams” which Freud maintained as his most important work, goes far beyond the explanation of dreaming, by proposing a general model of how the mind works, both on a normal and a pathological basis. From 1900 until the present day, both post-Freudian contemporary developments, as well as discoveries in neuropsychiatry have increased knowledge regarding dream formation, but still we remain with no other new theory.  This course will study the legacy of the interpretations of dreams applied in clinical practice using case methodology. We will review Freud’s revisions in his theory of dreams, and its application for dream psychology in the analytic and therapeutic situation.

Further, we will use the same case (Martha) for clinical interpretation of different theoretical dream models, with more intensive focus on the Object Relations Model. Trauma and bereavement dreams will be analyzed, as well as patient cases presented by students.

Finally, we will explore dreams within the postmodern context reflecting changes in cultural, environmental, political and emotional contexts.

For course syllabus, click HERE

For  registration form - click HERE

For more information, contact ORI Administrator at 646-522-1056.


  Sandor Ferenczi and Michael Balint: The Use of Therapeutic Regression in Psychoanalysis - postponed

Instructor: Jeffrey Lewis, PhD

Location: 103 East 86th Street, 5B; New York, NY 10028

Regression, in the classical psychoanalytic vernacular, usually refers to a powerful defensive operation whereby, should an individual find themselves overwhelmed by anxiety in a current developmental state of affairs, they may be transported backwards to an earlier developmental stage either ear-marked due to fixation (that is, having not been gratified or conversely having been overly gratified at that step and hence retaining a libidinal residue there) or due to this early stage providing a safe retreat to a place and time when things were better. In either case, Freud noted these phenomena in his clinical practice, and tended to see regression as therapeutically undesirable and a process which signified a treatment failure which needed to be ceased and reversed…if not prohibited.

On the other hand both Sandor Ferenczi and his protégé Michael Balint saw regression as therapeutically useful (provided it wasn’t malignant) and actually a non-optional component of a complete analysis for the most serious pathological presentations. If the patient is not allowed to regress to the point of the “trauma” or alternately, to the “basic fault”, how will the necessary reparative processes be instituted and the growth process restarted such to elicit and encourage a “new beginning”?

This course via readings, a ten class didactic explanation of critical topics, and finally actual clinical material from both instructor and students, will make comprehensible and useful the powerful treatment modality of therapeutic regression. Sandor Ferenczi’s techniques will also be studied, including the “active technique,” the “humanistic method,” “relaxation therapy” and “mutual analysis.”  In addition, the place of regression in modern clinical technique will be explored.

Bio: Jeffrey Lewis, PhD – psychoanalyst in full-time independent private practice, Ferenczi scholar, Editorial Board of the American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Faculty and Board Member of the Object Relations Institute, and Associate Clinical Professor in the doctoral program at St. John’s University.

For Course Syllabus, click here.


  Contributions of Ronald Fairbairn to the Object Relations Theory - postponed. In 2013, material offered in this class is combined with the course on Schizoid Phenomena (see above).

Instructor: Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD

Location: 115 East 9th Street, 12P; NYC, 10003

Perhaps Freud could be considered the first object relations theorist, when in 1917, in “Mourning and Melancholia,” he exclaimed that “the shadow of the object fell upon the ego,” but it was Ronald Fairbairn who explicitly built a theory of object relations thinking from the premise that the basic and core human striving is towards “connection,” and thus towards reality through connection, as opposed to holding on to any theory of primary narcissism.

Fairbairn was the first to envision what all modern infant research has validated, that the craving for the primal other dominates each human being’s life, often causing profound dissociative splitting, and sealing-off of the potential self, when this primal connection is traumatically disrupted, resulting in an internal drama where the vacuum-cleaner-sucking feeling of early need is experienced as the evisceration, robbing, entrapping, exploiting, or draining of the self.  And wasn’t it Fairbairn who spoke of the “poison pudding”-parent who must be swallowed whole when there is no other psychic food that could be good enough to eat and digest? 

Wasn’t it also Fairbairn who spoke of “the moral defense” that compelled deprived, abandoned, abused, and generally traumatized children to always blame themselves, to psychically survive in a world with the parents they were forced to totally depend on? An idealized image of the parent is preserved then, at the price of the emaciation of the soul, because psychic annihilation would have been the alternative. Child is forced in making a choice, as he/she decides that “it is better to be a sinner in a world ruled by God than to live in a world ruled by the Devil” (Fairbairn, 1952, p.p. 66-67).

Fairbairn played with the vocabulary which he had learned when training to be a minister in Scotland. This period of his biography happened prior to his excursions to London, to speak at the British Psychoanalytic Society, side by side with Melanie Klein, who also spoke about profound dynamic internal objects.

This ten-week course will touch on all this seminal theory along with Fairbairn’s  clinical contributions related to  visceral body enactments in hysteria, and the somatic body enactments that go further into playing out their monotone primal dramas in the internal world as internal object repetitions.  Fairbairn is the perfect theorist to describe the phenomena of Hamlet’s “ghost,” when he spoke of people in psychological purgatory throughout a lifetime, unless object relations treatment slowly intervenes.  According to Fairbairn, we are all haunted by ghosts; the ghosts of our internal objects, so much more trenchantly alive than introjects that require a level of symbolic evolution that only small parts of us ascertain.  Those interested in a prelude can read Nightmares and Object Relations Theory (by Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler), in Nightmares: Psychological and Biological Foundations, edited by Dr. Henry Kellerman (1987).   

For Course syllabus, please click HERE.


  Introduction to Melanie Klein; Her Writing and Work - postponed
Instructor: Charles Bonerbo, LCSW

This course serves as an introduction to the major psychoanalytic concepts of Melanie Klein. The class will examine the history and subsequent development of core clinical concepts of Kleinian theories and explore their relevance and applications to treatment. 

Depressive and Paranoid-Schizoid Positions, “Phantasy”, “Manic Defenses,” Envy and Gratitude, and Projective Identification will be studied and discussed.

Clinical examples will be offered. Candidates are also requested to provide their own clinical examples. 

Full syllabus is available HERE for download OR CLICK HERE to be forwarded to the web page dedicated to this course.


New Individual Courses:

Neurobiology for Psychoanalysts and Psychotherapists: Introduction  - completed
Instructor: Inna Rozentsvit, M.D., PhD

4 weeks, on Tuesdays, 2/7/12 – 3/6/12 (no class on 2/14); 8:00 - 9:30 pm

Location is changed: 41 E 11th Street; 4th Floor; NYC, 10003

Fee: $200/ 4-week course ($100 for students and retired)

The intention [of this project] is to furnish a psychology that shall be a natural science. ~ S. Freud, 1895, Project for a Scientific Psychology

I am tormented by two aims: to examine what shape the theory of mental functioning takes if one introduces quantitative consideration, a sort of economics of nerve forces; and, second, to peel off from psychopathology a gain for normal psychology. ~ S. Freud, 1895, Letter to W. Fliess

He who has eyes to see and ears to hear becomes convinced that mortals can keep no secret. If their lips are silent, they gossip with their fingertips; betrayal forces itself through every pore. ~ S. Freud, 1905, The Case of Hysteria.

Significance of understanding of neurobiology for those who dedicate their professional life to psychoanalysis was recognized by neurologist/ neuropathologist Sigmund Freud at the very birth of this profession. One can be fascinated how (without PET scans and fMRIs) he could picture the structure of the mind, while having not very sophisticated fish brains at hand.

The theory of mind and brain mapping started by Freud evolved into different merging areas of interest, such as social neurology, evolutionary neuroscience, interpersonal neuroscience, mindfulness, neuropsychoanalysis, etc., etc.

In this course, we will become acquainted with brain-mind connections, with neural processes involved in memory, emotions, and social interactions. We will look into neural and neurophysiological processes of attachment, trauma, plasticity, and integration (“What fires together – wires together!”).

We will look into connections of human brain’s anatomy (which is very specific to our species) with the wholesome and creative functioning of the mind (which differs from one individual to another).

To register, please email admin@orinyc.org and/ or call 646-522-1056. RSVP is required!

For registration form - click HERE


Object Relations Perspectives on Working with Children in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Instructor: Charles Bonerbo, LCSW                                                                                                                                                                          

Description: https://encrypted-tbn1.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRL8cWDpDsIsJJ9MAWLR-_6JmW1APIQegd97Bj9q1Umg3sllAwa 6-weeks, Wednesdays, 3/14/12 – 4/25/12 (no class on April 4th).

Theory class - 7:30pm - 8:30 pm. Case seminar - 8:30pm - 9:30 pm.

Location: 19 West 34th Street. Penthouse suite, 13th floor

Fee for full 6-week course: $360 (for students - $180).

                                             If taken separately - Theory Class: $180 ($90 for students). Case Seminar: $180 ($90 for students).

The first part of this seminar will offer a review of the theories of child psychoanalysis developed by Melanie Klein, D.W.Winnicott, Ronald Fairbairn and Wilfred Bion. Throughout the first part of the class, we will compare and contrast how each theorist considers the emotional development of the infant and subsequent psychoanalytic treatment of children. We will then study clinical examples, utilizing their theories.

In the second half of the seminar, participants will have an opportunity to present their child psychotherapy cases in case conference format. These cases will be viewed through the perspective of each theorist. 

Bio: Charles Bonerbo, LCSW is in private practice with individuals, couples, and families. He is a Chair of the Training Committee at Object Relations Institute (ORI); a training supervisor and a consultant at Metropolitan Center for Mental Health (MCMH) and Metropolitan Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (MIPP); and an instructor and supervisor of Chinese American Psychoanalytic Alliance (CAPA), as well as a Board member at CAPA. In 2011, Charles was providing teaching and clinical supervision in Kazakhstan (former USSR) and in China.

For more information, please contact ORI Administrator at 646-522-0387 or Admin@ORINYC.org.

For registration form - click HERE.


Let’s Look at the Baby! Infant Observational Research and Its Impact on Psychoanalytic Theory and Technique -
Instructor: Ann Rose Simon, LCSW

Description: Brain and Fetus

Part One - Overview of the Infant Research and the Readings

4 weeks; Tuesday evenings, 4/17/12-5/8/12; from 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Part Two - Readings and Discussion about Relevance of the Infant Research to Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice

4 weeks; Tuesday evenings, Dates TBA; from 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: 103 East 86th Street, New York, NY 10028

Fee: $200 ($100 for students) for each 4-week course

This course will familiarize the participants with the major infant research projects and the theories of development that have emerged from this research.  The course will explore the impact that infant research has had on accepted psychoanalytic theories of development, especially those of Freud, Melanie Klein, and Winnicott.  Participants will explore how changing theories of development influence psychoanalytic technique.  In addition, they will come to understand various research protocols and critically assess the validity of the research studied in the class.

Bio: Ann Rose Simon, LCSW, is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Manhattan and Westchester.  She is an officer on the boards of the Object Relations Institute and NPAP and a member of the Steering Committee of the Neuropsychoanalytic Clinical Study Center of NPAP.  She is a fellow in the Anni Bergman Parent Infant Program and is affiliated with the Rose Kennedy Center for Babies, Toddlers and Families of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

For more information, call ORI administrator at 646-522-0387 or email at Admin@ORINYC.org .

For reading list and syllabus - CLICK HERE.


Wednesday Morning Courses - will restart in October of 2012 (2012-2013 Academic Year at ORI):

Individual Courses - Series of Five 7-week Courses on Object Relation Theory and Clinical Practice

These courses are offered on Wednesday mornings, 9am - 10:15 am, at: 115 E 9th street (off 3rd avenue),
12P, NY, NY 10003.
Each course of this series is followed by a Group Peer Mentoring course, 10:15 am- 11:30 am,
same location.
(Please, note that you can sign up for one or both courses at a time).

Fees (payable to ORI): $300/ 7-week Clinical Theory course; $300/ 7-week Group Peer Mentoring course.
Fees for each course are fully refundable before first class, but only partially refundable after the first class of
each semester.
 

To inquire, please write to:
ORI Administrator, 75-15 187 Street, Fresh Meadows, NY, 11366-1725
For more information, email
Admin@ORINYC.org or DrKavalerAdler@gmail.com, or call 212-674-5425 or 646-522-0387.
Certificate for CE credits (APA and NAAP-based) can be provided if inquired in at least 30 days in advance
(write to admin@ORINYC.org).



1. The Theories of Melanie Klein

This course addresses fundamental clinical and developmental contributions of Melanie Klein, stressing qualitative
issues over content issues. Some topics include concepts of interpreting object, historical subject, self-reflective
capacity, and symbolic level of being.
For those interested in Melanie Klein works and Klein-Neo-Kleinians- Winnicott dialectic, but unable to attend
morning events, please contact Dr. Kavaler-Adler for information on her private study groups.
Also, visit www.kavaleradler.com for more information.


2. D.W. Winnicott’s Writings and Theories
This course shows how D.W. Winnicott transformed the practice of psychoanalysis, enlarging its scope to
understand the developmental progressions, disruptions, and traumas that take place within with the whole,
or the leaking container of the “mother-infant matrix.”
For those interested in Melanie Klein works and Klein-Neo-Kleinians- Winnicott dialectic, but unable to attend
morning events, please contact Dr. Kavaler-Adler for information on her private study groups.
Also, visit www.kavaleradler.com for more information.


3. Writings of Ronald Fairbairn, the Theoretical Founder of the Object Relations Theory
Students will learn about Fairbairn’s understanding of fundamental human strivings as strivings for connection,
as well as about the “moral defense,” “the poisonous pie”-parent, about ghosts of our internal objects, and
body enactments.
For the Course Syllabus, click here:
Syllabus/ Fairbairn

4. The Theories of Wilfred Bion
This course will explain Bion’s dialectic with Melanie Klein and Neo-Kleinians regarding every-day containment
and processing of what patients “put into us,” as well as “attacks on linking,” “therapeutic containment,”
“psychic pain”, “psychic birth”, and the “journey of reverie.”
For the Course Syllabus, click here: Bion/ Syllabus


5. American Object Relations Theorists and Their Dialectic with the Founders of the
British Object Relations Theory

This course will explore contributions of American psychoanalysts in Object Relations psychoanalytic
theory and clinical technique.


To view our Calendar of Educational Events, click HERE

For more information and to register, call (646) 522-1056 or e-mail admin@orinyc.org or drkavaleradler@gmail.com.

You can register also via fax at 718-785-3270.

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