This course will span the academic year – 18 classes – 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. 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.
Dates: 6 Tuesdays, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15.
Instructors: O’Donnell Day, PhD, and Pamela Van Dalfsen, PhD
Winter quarter will introduce 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.
Dates: 6 Tuesdays, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11.
Instructor: Pamela Van Dalfsen, PhD, and Sean Jackson, MA, LMHC
Spring quarter will consider psychopathology from the British 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.
Dates: 6 Tuesdays, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19.
Instructors: Hanna Denmark, MA, and Jeff Grant, PhD
Class size: Maximum of 12 participants.
Scholarships Available: Yes, for COR members. Please contact Kathleen Heppell at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Location: COR Meeting Room
Participation: Primarily in-person with a limited number of distance learning spots available (via Zoom). Please contact the COR administrator during registration to inquire about availability.
Fees (including CEUs):
Register August 16th or before: COR members: $900 / Non-members: $1,200
Register after August 16th: COR members: $1,000 / Non-members: $1,350
Fees include 27 CEU Credits
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O’Donnell Day, PhD, works in private practice, and is core faculty in psychology at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. She received her M.A. from the California Graduate Institute, and her Ph.D. from Seattle Pacific University. She is a member of the Alliance Education Committee as well as COR’s Board of Directors. She brings years of experience in inpatient psychiatric hospital treatment, most recently serving as clinical director to the doctoral interns at Fairfax Hospital. Central to her psychoanalytic journey is her struggling with these maddeningly obscure psychoanalytic ideas, concepts, and processes located within the British Object Relations tradition.
Pamela Van Dalfsen, PhD, received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Washington State University in 1986 and has been in private practice for over 25 years. She has been affiliated with COR both as a student and an instructor, and is currently on the Board of Directors and chairs the Education Committee.
Sean Jackson, MA, LMHC is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Seattle, WA, providing psychoanalytic psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults.
Hanna Denmark, MA, LMHC, attended the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology back when it was still called Mars Hill Graduate School. She has a small practice in Fremont, working with adults, and works in inpatient psychiatry at Harborview Medical Center. She has lived in Seattle since 2003 and is still in love with the clouds.
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 is currently a board member at COR and maintains a private practice with adults and adolescents in Madison Park.
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.
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