Foundations of British Object Relations

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.

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.

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.

  • Students will obtain and understand of the historical perspective that Melanie Klein and British Object Relations comes from, including what BOR added to analytic thinking in time. i.e., what are unique analytic concepts that arose from British Object Relations Theory?
  • Students will learn basic Object Relations concepts such as unconscious phantasy, splitting and projection, projective identification and the paranoid/schizoid and depressive positions.
  • Students will learn how the concepts of British Object Relations apply to their clinical work.

Course Details

In-Person at the COR office: 2915 E Madison St, Suite 300

Thursdays at 7:30 – 9:00 pm

Fall class dates: 9/5, 9/19, 10/3, 10/17, 11/7, 11/21

Winter class dates: 1/9, 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/6, 3/20

Spring class dates: 4/3, 4/17, 5/1, 5/15, 5/29, 6/12

CEUs: 1.5 per class, 27.0 total

Class Size: Minimum 4 | Maximum 12

Fee: $1,485

Member Fee: $1,262


Sean Jackson
Sean JacksonMA, LMHC
Sean Jackson, MA LMHC, is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, working with patients in Seattle and on Bainbridge Island. He has been involved with COR since 2013 as a board member and student. He currently serves as the chair of COR’s Education Committee.
Kerry Ragain
Kerry RagainPhD
Kerry Ragain, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with a private practice on Mercer Island. He provides psychoanalytically-based psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Ragain received his Masters’s from Seattle University, and his Doctorate from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and completed a postdoc fellowship at the University of Washington. He has also completed SPSI’s Child Psychotherapy Program. His current academic interests include psychoanalytic ways of understanding the experience of early childhood adoption, and the creative mysteries of reverie. For fun, he spends time outside with his wife and two kids and plays music with Seattle’s Keith Highlanders bagpipe band.
Adam Schneider
Adam SchneiderPhD
Adam Schneider, PhD is a licensed mental health counselor in private practice in Washington State. He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. His research interests include archetypal psychology, Lacanian psychoanalysis, treatment of psychosis, and intersections with Catholicism.
Allison Chow
Allison ChowMA, LMHC
Allison Chow (she/her), LMHC, is a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor working in private practice in Seattle, Washington. Allison is the current President of COR. She is in the dissertation phase of her Ph.D. at Antioch University in the Counseling Education and Supervision program. Allison received a master’s degree in counseling psychology from The Seattle School of Psychology and Theology in 2010. She has experience working in partial hospitalization programs, cancer support, and private practice. Allison’s clinical interests include combining British Object Relations theory with her work with adolescents and young adults. Allison deeply values the COR community and feels tremendous gratitude for the people who taught her and supported her during her involvement.
Katie Wilson
Katie WilsonMA, LMHC
Katie Wilson is a licensed mental health therapist in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood in Seattle. She has been a clinician in private practice since 2013 and has also had experience in clinical settings, both in a hospital setting and in higher levels of care for Eating Disorders.
Jeff Grant
Jeff GrantPhD
Jeff Grant, PhD LMHC, received his M.A. in existential psychology from Seattle University and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. His dissertation was entitled “A Psychoanalytic Exploration of Father Death and its Impact on the Adolescent Ego-Ideal.” He maintains a private practice with adults and adolescents in Madison Park.