Foundations in 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.

Instructors: Rikki Ricard, LMHC, FIPA & Josh Sandoz, MA, LMHC

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.

Instructors: Jeff Grant, PhD & Hanna Denmark, MA, LMHC

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.

Instructors: Chris Moseman, MA, LMHC & Joanne della Penta ATR-BC, LMHC


Times Dates
Fall Quarter Every otherMonday, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm September 27, October 11, 25, November 8, 22, and December 6, 2021
Winter Quarter Every other Monday, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm January 10, 24, February 7, 21, and March 7, 21, 2022
Spring Quarter Every other Wednesday, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm April 6, 20, May 4, 18, June 1, and 15, 2022


Online via Zoom (unless it is determined closer to the date/time that it is safe to meet together in person at the COR Meeting Room)


Before Aug 17th After Aug 17th
Member $900 $1000
Non-Member $1200 $1350

Installment Plans Available

Member $90/month for 10 months $100/month for 10 months
Non-Member $120/month for 10 months $135/month for 10 months

Class Size

Minimum of 5 and maximum of 12 participants


1.5 for each attended class, 27 total

Scholarships Are Available

For many years, thanks to a generous donor, COR has been able to offer scholarships to those who need financial assistance. Please complete the Scholarship Request Form if your are needing a scholarship.

Rikki Ricard, LMHC, FIPA
Rikki Ricard, LMHC, FIPAPsychoanalyst
Rikki Ricard, LMHC, FIPA is a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst working in private practice in Seattle, WA. She also provides WA certified supervision and consultation. Rikki is a graduate of Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and has taught at NPSI, SPSI and COR.
Josh Sandoz, MA, LMHC
Josh Sandoz, MA, LMHCPsychotherapist
Josh Sandoz, MA, LMHC received his MACP in 2008 from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and currently works in private practice in Lower Queen Anne providing individual psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Specializing in working with those impacted by international mobility, he also curates Josh is the outgoing past president of the Board of Directors of COR.
Jeff Grant, PhD, LMHC
Jeff Grant, PhD, LMHCPsychotherapist
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.
Hanna Denmark, MA, LMHC
Hanna Denmark, MA, LMHCPsychotherapist
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.
Joanne della Penta ART-BC, LMHC
Joanne della Penta ART-BC, LMHCPsychotherapist
Joanne della Penta ART-BC, LMHC is currently in her fourth year of analytic training at SPSI. She began private practice in 2005, moving to full time in 2014. Her practice is in Madison Park, where she sees adolescents and adults. She began as an art therapist at Fairfax Hospital in 1998. She has a certificate in British Object Relations from COR (from when COR gave certificates), and is a practicing artist and dog lover.
Chris Moseman, MA, LMHC
Chris Moseman, MA, LMHCPsychotherapist
Chris Moseman, MA, LMHC is a psychotherapist in private practice in Tacoma and Seattle. He practices mainly from a psychoanalytically-informed perspective in work with adults and children. His prior background has included work within psychiatric hospitals, as a practicum facilitator at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, and work within a wilderness therapy setting. He is currently the Chair of the Technology Committee with COR, and a COR board member.

Before the class begins, all course readings will be posted here. You must be logged into your account to view the Course Readings page.

Spring Semester Readings

Course CEU Tests and Evaluation

As as a part of Washington State requirements, each student who is wanting to claim class credits toward their license CEUs is required to complete a quiz, with a passing grade of 70%. You can take the quiz as many times as needed. Once the class is completed the final quiz will also have a course evaluation, which is also required, but can be completed anonymously.

Term Quiz
Fall Quarter Take Quiz
Winter Quarter Evaluation / Quiz

Spring Quarter

Spring Session Quiz Links
Week 1 – 4/6/22 Quiz 1
Week 2 – 4/20/22 Quiz 2
Week 3 – 5/4/22 Quiz 3
Week 4 – 5/18/22 Quiz 4
Week 5 – 6/1/22 Quiz 5
Week 6 – 6/15/22 Quiz 6 / Evaluation

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