Introducing the Classics in Object Relations & Psychoanalysis

This 12-week webinar course offers COR members an immersion in a choice collection of the most influential writings in the history of our discipline. The course will draw on psychoanalyst Thomas Ogden’s insightful and moving Creative Readings (2012), a collection of papers that retrospectively stand out in the evolving analytic understanding of the mind. These include Freud, Isaacs, Fairbairn, Winnicott, Bion, Loewald, and Searles. These papers, some of these authors’ most significant written work, serve as a valuable cross-section of the development of the most central original psychoanalytic ideas, such as Oedipal development, unconscious phantasy, and internal objects, but also psychoanalysis’ transition from “what” to “how.”

Of these papers, Ogden writes: “I am far more interested in what these authors knew, but did not know they knew — in how these texts are rich in ways their authors did not consciously intend or understand” (p. 3). In the same way, we are invited to think of what we know and to touch the anxiety of not knowing. Webinar participants will be invited to enter into the readings as if for the first time, creatively. We will engage with each text personally, emphasizing an emotional and imaginal response, and a little less an intellectual grasp. The ultimate hope is that the conversations will stimulate further thinking and imagining to take into each one’s practices and grow our curiosity for more learning and experiencing.

Dates and Times

Saturdays 10:30a-12:00p on the following dates:
January 27,
February 10February 24,
March 10March 24
April 14
May 5, May 12May 26
June 9, June 23
July 14


All meetings will be held on Zoom, an easy-to-use web conference platform. Participants will be given Zoom access once they have signed up.


$480 (~$40/meeting)


1.5 CEUs/meeting – 18 CEUs total

To Register:

Installments can be made in 6 monthly payments


Enika Cocoli Bowen is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Everett. She began studies of clinical psychology and psychoanalysis in Milan, Italy, in 1996. Her interests have included empirical investigations of attachment theory in both theoretical and clinical settings. She devotes almost her entire practice in psychoanalytically informed individual therapy of adults. With less frequency, she assists individuals, couples, and attorneys with psychological assessments, in the context of custody cases. She also supervises doctoral practicum students and interns at Fairfax Hospital. She is a past president of COR and is currently a member of COR Board of Directors.