“Psychic Retreat: Working with a Defensive Organization”

Saturday March 18th, 2017

10 AM – 12 PM

Pamela Van Dalfsen, Presenter

Terry Hanson, Discussant

Psychic retreats often stymie clinicians and result in an experience of being “stuck”, despite determined and thoughtful effort being invested. I will discuss a long term clinical case in which a defensive organization dominated and seemingly stalled the work for years.  The discussion will also include the way the patient’s hatred of reality finally began to yield, opening to necessary character work.

Clinical work will be the focus in these sessions. Our aim is to deepen and enrich our thinking by case presentations and discussion which keep British Object Relations in mind.  As always, we look forward to a lively dialogue with those in attendance.

Pam Van Dalfsen, PhD


Pamela Van Dalfsen Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who has had a private practice in the Seattle area for 25 years. She loves British Object Relations for its theory and application to clinical practice. Pamela is also a member of the COR Board.

Terry Hanson, PhD


Terry Hanson Ph.D. 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.

All Meetings with be held at our COR Meeting Room 

2800 First Avenue, Suite 117

Seattle, WA 98121


COR Member Pricing:


Non-Member Pricing:


2 CEU Credits Available for extra $10

Reduced fee memberships for new members will be available at the door for $35


Free parking is available – contact Christopher Owen at christopherowen@comcast.net  for information  

For Questions, Contact: 

Collin McFadden at (206) 697-2539  collinmcfadden@gmail.com


Christopher Owen at (206) 953-0173 christopherowen@comcast.net

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