ENGAGING MODERN PSYCHOANALYTIC EDUCATION

Engaging Modern Psychoanalytic Education

Dedicated to Providing Quality and Inspiring Continued Education in British Object Relations

Dedicated to Providing Quality and Inspiring Continued Education in British Object Relations

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Course Spotlight: Foundations of British Object Relations

Foundations of British Object Relations

This course will span the academic year 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.

18 Sessions on Thursdays at 7:30 – 9:00 pm

September 5th, 2024 through June 12, 2025

New Consult Group in September

New Consult Group Led by Ann Glasser

Ann Glasser will begin a new Consult Group on September 6th.  The group will meet on Fridays at 2:00 – 3:30 pm.

Group Consultation was integral to the beginning of COR. Every week, a group a clinicians would meet at someone’s house and consult with Austin Case, MD, over the phone (at the time, Dr. Case was living in London). Consultation has continued to be profoundly important in the analytic tradition, to help hold the complexity of meeting with patients.

Each of COR’s Consult Groups meets weekly, where one participant will present a session verbatim of a patient, and the group will spend the time exploring the session, gathering a picture of the inner world of the patient. Classes are generally held in-person at the instructor’s office, but instructors are sometimes able to accommodate those that need to meet online via zoom or by phone.

Click here to find out more info.

Course Spotlight: Foundations of British Object Relations

Foundations of British Object Relations

This course will span the academic year 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.

18 Sessions on Thursdays at 7:30 – 9:00 pm

September 5th, 2024 through June 12, 2025

New Consult Group in September

New Consult Group Led by Ann Glasser

Ann Glasser will begin a new Consult Group on September 6th.  The group will meet on Fridays at 2:00 – 3:30 pm.

Group Consultation was integral to the beginning of COR. Every week, a group a clinicians would meet at someone’s house and consult with Austin Case, MD, over the phone (at the time, Dr. Case was living in London). Consultation has continued to be profoundly important in the analytic tradition, to help hold the complexity of meeting with patients.

Each of COR’s Consult Groups meets weekly, where one participant will present a session verbatim of a patient, and the group will spend the time exploring the session, gathering a picture of the inner world of the patient. Classes are generally held in-person at the instructor’s office, but instructors are sometimes able to accommodate those that need to meet online via zoom or by phone.

Click here to find out more info.

Explore British Object Relations Psychology

From the foundations of psychoanalytic psychology to present-day clinical practice

Explore British Object Relations Psychology

From the foundations of psychoanalytic psychology to present-day clinical practice

British Object Relations is a branch of psychoanalytic theory that originated in the United Kingdom with analysts such as Melanie Klein and Donald Winnicott. It is based on the understanding that human emotional and mental development is fundamentally influenced by early experience, particularly by the quality of the relationship with primary caregivers (the first “objects”). British Object Relations explicates the presence of a rich internal world, starting in early infancy and continuing throughout life, which both mirrors early object relations and continues to profoundly affect a person’s experience and functioning in the world.

Psychoanalytic therapy within this tradition offers a way of understanding these early organizations and, through the therapeutic relationship, seeks to build the capacity for thinking about them that can help the patient “grow” a mind—enabling an empathic and effective ability to work with one’s own experience. In a simplified version, the theory of object relations understands that infants are born with a “primitive” way of organizing their mind, and that is through the relationship with their “objects”, mainly a mother (later a therapist in a maternal function) that they begin to form their mind in a way that is able to tolerate the outside world, and subsequently grow.

What is Object Relations?

British Object Relations is a branch of psychoanalytic theory that originated in the United Kingdom with analysts such as Melanie Klein and Donald Winnicott. It is based on the understanding that human emotional and mental development is fundamentally influenced by early experience, particularly by the quality of the relationship with primary caregivers (the first “objects”). British Object Relations explicates the presence of a rich internal world, starting in early infancy and continuing throughout life, which both mirrors early object relations and continues to profoundly affect a person’s experience and functioning in the world.

Psychoanalytic therapy within this tradition offers a way of understanding these early organizations and, through the therapeutic relationship, seeks to build the capacity for thinking about them that can help the patient “grow” a mind—enabling an empathic and effective ability to work with one’s own experience. In a simplified version, the theory of object relations understands that infants are born with a “primitive” way of organizing their mind, and that is through the relationship with their “objects”, mainly a mother (later a therapist in a maternal function) that they begin to form their mind in a way that is able to tolerate the outside world, and subsequently grow.

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British Object Relations is a branch of psychoanalytic theory that originated in the United Kingdom with analysts such as Melanie Klein and Donald Winnicott. It is based on the understanding that human emotional and mental development is fundamentally influenced by early experience, particularly by the quality of the relationship with primary caregivers (the first “objects”). British Object Relations explicates the presence of a rich internal world, starting in early infancy and continuing throughout life, which both mirrors early object relations and continues to profoundly affect a person’s experience and functioning in the world.

Psychoanalytic therapy within this tradition offers a way of understanding these early organizations and, through the therapeutic relationship, seeks to build the capacity for thinking about them that can help the patient “grow” a mind—enabling an empathic and effective ability to work with one’s own experience. In a simplified version, the theory of object relations understands that infants are born with a “primitive” way of organizing their mind, and that is through the relationship with their “objects”, mainly a mother (later a therapist in a maternal function) that they begin to form their mind in a way that is able to tolerate the outside world, and subsequently grow.

What is Center for Object Relations?

Founded in 1994 in Seattle, Washington, the Center for Object Relations began as a small group of clinicians who met regularly to study British Object Relations Theory. Over the years, that small group expanded and evolved.

Today, COR is a thriving community of lifelong learners from the Northwest and throughout the World, offering courses and quality continued education with a focus on clinical, experiential application of BOR theory.

COR welcomes you to join our classes, events, webinars, consult groups, or infant observation groups.

Our Values

Beginning as small group of 6 clinicians with a pressing curiosity and being mystified by British Object relations, they sought out supervision with psychoanalyst Austin Case, MD in 1985. Overall, COR began with the question of what to do with the primitive violence and tortured inner worlds of our most disturbed patients, and what that bring up in ourselves as clinicians.

COR’s mission is to extend to the broader community an awareness, knowledge, use and understanding of the British Object Relations view of (1) child development, (2) the resulting internal world in every human being, and (3) its expression in human relationships.

Center for Object Relations is a community of learners – graduate students, psychotherapists, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, or anyone in the community who has an interest in British Object Relations. There are those who have just heard of British Object Relations and want to learn more, and practitioners who have extensive experience with BOR psychoanalysis. We have something to offer everyone.

It is very important to be aware that you may never be satisfied with your analytic career if you feel that you are restricted to what is narrowly called a ‘scientific’ approach. You will have to be able to have a chance of feeling that the interpretation you give is a beautiful one, or that you get a beautiful response from the patient. This aesthetic element of beauty makes a very difficult situation tolerable.

Wilfred Bion, A Seminar Held in Paris

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Honoring Morry Tolmach

A deeply involved member of COR since its beginning, Morry Tolmach was influential in encouraging the growth and involvement of younger generations of therapists in psychoanalysis, teaching classes and supervising. If you would like to honor the passing of Morry, he asked that all donations in his remembrance be made to the Center for Object Relations.