This course is full.

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: Sean Jackson, MA LMHC & Kerry Ragain, PhD

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: Ann Glasser, PhD & Adam Schneider PhD

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: Collin McFadden, PhD LMFT & Matt Stichman, MA LMHC

General Details

This course is full.

Category Details
Location In-Person at the COR Office  (2915 E Madison St, Suite 300)
Fee $1,485  (15% discount to COR members)
Day / Time Thursdays at 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Dates Fall: 9/21, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, 11/30 (2023)
Winter: 1/4, 1/18, 2/1, 2/15, 3/7, 3/21 (2024)
Spring: 4/4, 4/18, 5/2, 5/16, 6/6, 6/20 (2024)
Class Size Minimum 5 and maximum of 12 participants
CEUs 1.5 for each attended class; 27.0 hours 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 you need a scholarship.

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.
Ann Glasser
Ann GlasserPhD
Ann Glasser, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who has been involved with COR since 1995 as a teacher and board member. She is currently the chair of the Saturday Dialogue Committee. She has a private practice.
Adam Schneider
Adam SchneiderPhD
Adam Schneider 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.
Collin McFadden
Collin McFaddenPhD LMFT
Collin McFadden, Ph.D. LMFT is a psychotherapist in private practice in Seattle, WA. He completed his undergraduate degree in Existential-Phenomenological Psychology at Seattle University. He completed a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. He has served as President of the Center for Object Relations, based in Seattle, WA. He worked in research in Psychiatry at Harborview Medical Center prior to becoming a psychotherapist, and he completed his doctoral clinical internship at Fairfax Behavioral Health in Kirkland, WA. His main areas of interest are creativity, myth and story, religion and spirituality, and psychosis.
Matt Stichman
Matt StichmanMA LMHC
Matt Stichman, MA, LMHC is a psychotherapist in private practice. He serves on the board at COR as chair of the webinar committee.

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 you need a scholarship.

Registration Fee

From: $126.20

Read more $1,262.00

Out of stock

Read more $126.20 / month for 10 months

Out of stock

Read more $1,485.00

Out of stock

Read more $148.50 / month for 10 months

Out of stock


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.  Cancellations made less than 30 days in advance of the first session are refundable, less a $50 cancellation fee.  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.


Center for Object Relations does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of contractors and instructors, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and students.