British Object Relations theory has a unique history and a unique lens on the development of the human mind. At its basis is relationship, the relationship of baby to mother, child to caregiver, and patient to therapist. Learn more:
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Center for Object Relations is overseen by a Board of Directors with various committees working together to provide a range of exceptional learning opportunities. Interested in getting involved? Our committee chairs would love to hear from you.
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, 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.
In this Saturday Dialogue presentation, I will share the case of a deeply traumatized patient who has helped me grapple with my own limitations as a therapist and human being, and has patiently endured my struggle to be more present, embodied, and helpful to him in his process of growth. The experience has been utterly humiliating, illuminating, and in some ways transformative and healing.
Saturdays at 9:30 – 11:00 am; Starting on February 4th, 2023
This seminar will review the processes of mentalization as they serve to bind anxiety and unconscious conflicts. Materials will be drawn from Dr. Eekhoff’s recent book: (2021), Bion & Primitive Mental States: Trauma & the Symbiotic Link and from her first book (2019):Trauma and Primitive Mental States: An Object Relations Perspective. London: Routledge. Discussion will include the current collective trauma evoked by the Coronavirus.
Through a close reading of some of Bion’s texts, we will elaborate Bion’s notion of the mind’s limited capacity to grasp the complexity of life and to bear the impact of the emotions stirred by the individual’s relationship with its objects.
The content of this seminar is intended to compliment the webinar series Trauma & Primitive Mental States with Judy Eekhoff, though participants may join this webinar independent of the other.
Saturdays at 9:30 – 11:00 am; Starting on February 11th, 2023
This five-part online workshop is a special opportunity to follow Scabbiolo’s work with patients throughout the psycho aesthetic-analytic process. The series will alternate group supervision between selected Scabbiolo’s patients as well as other attendees’ selected patients. As a team, Scabbiolo and attendees of the workshop will supervise the unfolding psychotherapeutic treatment revealing the evolution of the work over time.
Saturdays at 9:00 – 11:00 am; Began on September 17th, 2022
This conference will focus on clinical case presentations. There will be at least two therapists presenting during each meeting. The presentation could be process notes from a session or raw material of a session. Dr. Panajian will attempt to demonstrate the struggles the therapist is having in understanding the patient. The focus will be from an analytic perspective to help understand the process between the patient and the therapist.
Saturdays at 9:30 – 11:00 am; Began on September 24th, 2022
In this series of seminars based on Dr. Caper’s recent work, we will consider body language and the musical aspects of speech as means of communicating preverbal emotional states, as vehicles for unconscious projective identification, and as avenues for the practice of suggestion. We will then explore the complex historical and clinical relationship between psychoanalysis and suggestion, and propose that psychoanalysis distinguishes itself from all other forms of psychological treatment by understanding preverbal communication rather than deploying it for “therapeutic” effect.