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.

Balint Group Case Consultation – Developing Your Empathic Imagination.

February 24, 2024

This Saturday Dialogue will focus on the application of psychoanalytic theory to case consultation. We will introduce Michael and Enid Balint’s contribution to medical practice, review the basic concepts they developed to reflect on the work with patients, and describe the process of a Balint group. We will discuss how participation in Balint groups leads to increased alpha functioning among the members, as well as leaders, and provide suggestions about how to get involved with a Balint group or Balint group training.

The documents below will help contextualize this content:

Balint Users Guide – One Page

Balint Groups – Facilitators Notes

Rüth – Classic Balint Group Work and the Thinking of W.R. Bion: How Balint Work Increases the Ability to Think One’s Own Thoughts

Balint – The Doctor, His Patient, and the Illness

Presenter: Trevor Slocum

Trevor Slocum, MA, LMHC is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice in NE Seattle. He has been a member of COR for many years. He has been certified by the American Balint Society as a credentialed Balint Group Leader. He has attended numerous Balint Leadership Intensives and has participated in Balint groups for the last ten years. He is currently co-leading an Infant Observation Seminar class for the Seattle School.

Discussant: Margie Segress

Margie Segress, MA, LMHC, has worked with couples and adult individuals in Seattle for seven years while concurrently serving as a member of the adjunct faculty at Antioch University and thoroughly enjoying—and benefitting from—her three years running in a Balint group. She is currently in the Ph.D program in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

A Narrow Frame: Lessons In Deviating From a Traditional Frame with a Young Psychotic Patient

April 20, 2024

Patients with more pronounced psychotic features can challenge adherence to a traditional frame. This especially becomes the case in the time surrounding a psychotic episode. I will discuss ongoing work with a young woman with whom negotiations of frame have become focal to our work together.

– Participants will have a better understanding of how negotiations of the frame impact a therapy situation.
– Participants will gain knowledge of transference dynamics.
– Participants will gain knowledge of projections into animate and inanimate objects.

Presenter: Isaac Ekblad

Isaac Ekblad, LMHC is a psychotherapist in his private practice, Cascadia Psychotherapy, located in Sedro-Woolley, WA. He offers psychotherapy to people who feel drawn to explore and expand their self awareness and transform emotional confusion and suffering. He specializes in trauma and PTSD, depression, and relationship issues, working with children, teens, and adults.

Discussant: Sue Carlson

Sue Carlson has been in private practice for 33 years working with individuals, couples and providing supervision/consultation to those interested in learning how to work psychodynamically. She received her certificate of psychoanalysis from NPSI in 2005. Sue is particularly interested in psychoanalytic thinkers whose focus is in the ontological realms of transformation and non-coercive therapeutic relating.

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.