This course will span the academic year–18 sessions– and will explore the context and development of the basic but complex object relations concepts arising from Freud and expanded upon by Klein and later theorists and clinicians. We will also consider necessary conditions for growing a mind, and the clinical implications when that process is affected by neglect or trauma.
Fall Quarter will outline Klein’s expansion of Freud’s idea of psychic reality, and the concepts that Klein (and others) developed from this. As such, we will look at the British Object Relations constructs of mental processes such as unconscious phantasy, internal objects, and the depressive and paranoid-schizoid positions.
Fall Quarter: Every other Monday, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, on September 27, October 11, 25, November 8, 22, and December 6, 2021
Instructors: Rikki Ricard, LMHC, FIPA & Josh Sandoz, MA, LMHC
Winter Quarter introduces the question: How does a mind grow? This quarter attempts to work with some of the central concepts and processes that are useful in considering the complexities of how a mind grows. The concepts of projective identification and container/contained will be introduced as well as the processes of transference and countertransference.
Winter Quarter: Every other Monday, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, on January 10, 24, February 7, 21, and March 7, 21, 2022
Instructors: Jeff Grant, PhD & Hanna Denmark, MA, LMHC
Spring Quarter investigates psychopathology from the Object Relations viewpoint. In this quarter we will think about major areas of psychological problems, including narcissism and narcissistic character structure, psychic retreats and pathological organizations, and trauma. We will read key papers but mostly use our clinical experience to think about these important issues.
Spring Quarter: Every other Wednesday, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, on April 6, 20, May 4, 18, June 1, and 15, 2022
Instructors: Chris Moseman, MA, LMHC & Joanne della Penta ATR-BC, LMHC
Zoom unless deemed to be safe to meet in person in the COR Meeting Room
Register on or before August 17th: COR members: $900 / Non-members: $1,200
Register after August 17th: COR members: $1000 / Non-members: $1,350
Class Size: Minimum of 5 and maximum of 12 participants.
Scholarships Available: Yes, for COR members.