Saturday Dialogues


The Saturday Dialogues stand as one of the oldest traditions at COR. In fact, COR began as a Saturday Dialogue in the home of Mel Knight in the mid 1990’s. The overarching goal, then and now, is to share our clinical experience working within the British Object Relations framework. A Dialogue begins with a therapist opening up their work with a particular patient/client and describing some of the challenges and personal issues they face with this person. A discussant then responds with their reflections about the case and then invites the group to share their thoughts and feelings.

The events will take place in the COR office, on a Saturday morning from 10:00 to 11:30 am, and are in person only.  Seats are available on first-come first-serve basis until the classroom fills up with a maximum capacity of about 25.  Members of COR attend for free.

NEW END TIME! (11:30am)

We are shortening the length of the event to 90 minutes instead of 2 hours in order to better accommodate the neighborhood parking restrictions.

Working with Teens via Telehealth

October 21, 2023

The clinical material of this Saturday Dialogue will explore themes around working with adolescents via telehealth, working within family constructs, coordinating care, and the social-emotional development of a high school student through the lens of British Object Relations. The presenter will pay special attention to the intersection of the identities of the therapist and the adolescent and how this impacts the space between them.

Presenter: Allison Chow

Allison Chow (she/her), LMHC, is a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor working in private practice in Seattle, Washington. Allison is the current President of COR. She is in the dissertation phase of her Ph.D. at Antioch University in the Counseling Education and Supervision program. Allison received a master’s degree in counseling psychology from The Seattle School of Psychology and Theology in 2010. She has experience working in partial hospitalization programs, cancer support, and private practice. Allison’s clinical interests include combining British Object Relations theory with her work with adolescents and young adults. Allison deeply values the COR community and feels tremendous gratitude for the people who taught her and supported her during her involvement.

Discussant: Pam VanDalfsen

Pam VanDalfsen, 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.

Dreams and Character Armor

January 27, 2024

In any longer psychoanalytic treatment we therapists increasingly find ourselves up against long standing interlocking sets of defenses that define the basic personality structure, hide deeper feelings of vulnerability and need, and are deeply devoted to stability and not change. Dreams can become one of our most important allies in the work in opening up what is alive behind these sets of defenses. I will discuss ongoing work with a person which has involved the slow process of exploring these persistent structures punctuated by the underlying aliveness breaking through in dreams.

Presenter: Terry Hanson

Terry Hanson, PhD, 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.

Discussant: Ann Glasser

Ann Glasser, PhD, 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.

To Be Announced

February 24, 2024

This event is yet to be announced.

Presenter: TBA

Discussant: TBA

To Be Announced

April 20, 2024

This event is yet to be announced.

Presenter: TBA

Discussant: TBA

Seminar Details

Category Details
Time 10:00 am – 11:30 am  (Seattle) (Pacific)
Location COR Office: 2915 E Madison St, Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98112
Fee for Members FREE!
Fee for Non-Members $20       [You will receive a discount to become a new member]
CEUs 1.5 hours ($10 administrative fee)

CEU Certificates

This page will be updated after each Saturday Dialogue event.  Participants will need to pay a $10 administrative fee in order to receive their CEU certificate of attendance.  All participants will receive link via email to pay for CEUs.