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Advanced Clinical Issues in British Object Relations Theory - Pamela Van Dalfsen, PhD, Ann Glasser, PhD, Enika Cocoli Bowen, PhD

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Advanced Clinical Issues in British Object Relations Theory - Pamela Van Dalfsen, PhD, Ann Glasser, PhD, Enika Cocoli Bowen, PhD

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Center for Object Relations
2800 First Ave
Suite 117
Seattle, WA 98121
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This class series runs until June 5, 2018.

This class will explore commonly encountered clinical issues and ways of working that reflect psychoanalytic thought in the British Object Relations tradition.  Patrick Casement’s book “Learning from the Patient” will be used as a text, and readings from BOR writers addressing clinical practice (e.g. Winnicott, Searles, H. Rosenfeld, Bion, Coltart, Bollas) will be added.  Each quarter of the class will focus on a different topic, transference, countertransference and dream work, led by a different instructor.

Transference.  Fall Quarter. Pam Van Dalfsen, Ph.D.
The concept of transference forms the very basis of psychoanalytic thought, and it illuminates object relations in clinical work. In this quarter, we will read and discuss seminal articles in the BOR literature on listening for and interpreting the transference as well as exploring constructs such as the preformed transference, infantile transference, and transference psychosis. Clinical vignettes and examples will be integral to the class.

Countertransference. Winter Quarter. Ann Glasser, Ph.D.
Countertransference lies at the heart of the psychoanalytic process. The therapist’s subjective experience is of enormous clinical usefulness in understanding the patient. Drawing on key articles we will explore how to identify and listen to one’s countertransference experience and how to make use of it in order to help a patient grow.

DreamWorks.  Spring Quarter.  Enika Cocoli Bowen, Ph.D.
Dreams have been fundamental to the understanding of the mind from the very dawn of psychoanalysis when Freud conceptualized them as a privileged gateway into the unconscious. Over time, through later innovative work, dreamwork has evolved considerably and its uses have expanded all the way to thinking of the session as an unfolding dream between patient and therapist.  We will explore some of these innovations and begin to “dream” the usefulness of night dreams and daydreams in the fabric of our daily work.

Limited to 12 participants


By August 19: Members $900, Non-Members $1200 

After August 19  Members $1000, Non-Members $1350

Scholarships available to members


Tuesdays, 7:30pm9:00pmFirst and Third Tuesdays September 2017 until June 2018

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