Loss and Grief in Object Relations Therapy

Grief is central to human experience.  We are all confronted with losses, disappointments, separations, disruptions, large and small, every day, and we are able to move forward in our lives only if we are able to grieve.  Our patients come to us with a tremendous burden of undigested sadness, and much of psychotherapy is our attempt to help them develop some capacity to mourn.  Since its beginnings in Freud and Klein, object relations has had as one of its central concerns grief work, and how it is that a capacity to grieve can be developed so that emotional growth can move forward.  In this short class we will look at some of the basic concepts of object relations theory through this lens of loss and grief.  We will read articles from Melanie Klein and Wilfred Bion, the two most important architects of contemporary object relations thinking, and explore applications to our clinical work, especially with dreams.  This course will be accessible to those new to object relations, as well as hopefully of interest to those with more experience. This course is co-sponsored by The Alliance and COR.

Class size limited to 8 participants.

Dates and Times

When: 7:309:00PM  (2018) : 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6


7056 18th Ave NE, Seattle, 98115


$60 for the course

To enroll contact Terry Hanson at 206-517-4198


Terry Hanson, Ph.D. has been involved in both COR and the Northwest Alliance for many years and has served as the Alliance President.  He has his practice in Seattle.

Refund Policy

Missed classes, seminars, events are not eligible for partial refunds. Cancellations
made more than 30 days prior to the first class are eligible for a full refund, less a $50
cancellation fee. Cancellations made less than 30 days in advance of the first session are nonrefundable and non-transferable unless COR is able to fill your spot with another registrant. Cancellations made on or after the start of the first session are 100% non-refundable and nontransferable. In the event of an emergency, each situation will be considered.