Advanced Clinical Issues in British Object Relations Theory

This class will explore commonly encountered clinical issues and ways of working that reflect psychoanalytic thought in the British Object Relations tradition.  Patrick Casement’s book “Learning from the Patient” will be used as a text, and readings from BOR writers addressing clinical practice (e.g. WinnicottSearles, H. RosenfeldBionColtartBollas) will be added.  Each quarter of the class will focus on a different topic, transference, countertransference and dream work, led by a different instructor.

Transference.  Fall Quarter. Pam Van DalfsenPh.D.
The concept of transference forms the very basis of psychoanalytic thought, and it illuminates object relations in clinical work. In this quarter, we will read and discuss seminal articles in the BOR literature on listening for and interpreting the transference as well as exploring constructs such as the preformed transference, infantile transference, and transference psychosis. Clinical vignettes and examples will be integral to the class.

CountertransferenceWinter Quarter. Ann GlasserPh.D.
Countertransference lies at the heart of the psychoanalytic process. The therapist’s subjective experience is of enormous clinical usefulness in understanding the patient. Drawing on key articles we will explore how to identify and listen to one’s countertransference experience and how to make use of it in order to help a patient grow.

DreamWorks.  Spring Quarter.  Enika Cocoli Bowen, Ph.D.
Dreams have been fundamental to the understanding of the mind from the very dawn of psychoanalysis when Freud conceptualized them as a privileged gateway into the unconscious. Over time, through later innovative work, dreamwork has evolved considerably and its uses have expanded all the way to thinking of the session as an unfolding dream between patient and therapist.  We will explore some of these innovations and begin to “dream” the usefulness of night dreams and daydreams in the fabric of our daily work.

Class size limit is limited to 12 so sign up asap

Some familiarity with the fundamentals of British Object Relations theory recommended

Dates and Times

Tuesdays, 7:30pm9:00pmFirst and Third Tuesdays September 2017 until June 2018


COR Meeting Room, 2800 First Avenue, Suite 117, Seattle


Pre-registration at least 4 weeks before first class session: $900 for COR members and $1,200 for non-members
Registration within 4 weeks of first class session: $1,000 for COR members and $1,350 for non-members

Fees Include up to 27 CEUs

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Meet the Instructors

Ann Glasser received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology and her certificate in psychoanalysis from the Psychoanalytic Center of California. She has been involved with COR, in a variety of ways, for almost 20 years and currently is teaching a course in British object relations theory. She is also a member of the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, which conducts long distance training here in Seattle. She has a private practice with adults.

Pamela Van Dalfsen is a clinical psychologist who has had a private practice in the Seattle area for 25 years. She received her Ph.D. from Washington State University and soon learned that a Ph.D. did not equip her for psychotherapeutic work.  She started psychoanalytically oriented supervision while on internship at Duke UMC and her interest eventually brought her to involvement with COR. She has been affiliated with COR for 15 years as a student, psychoanalytic psychotherapy program candidate, member, and teacher. She loves British Object Relations for its theory and application to clinical practice.

Enika Cocoli Bowen is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Everett. She began studies in clinical psychology and psychoanalysis in Milan, Italy, in 1996. Her interests have included empirical investigations of attachment theory in both theoretical and clinical settings. She devotes almost her entire practice to psychoanalytically informed individual therapy of adults. With less frequency, she assists individuals, couples, and attorneys with psychological assessments, in the context of custody cases. She also supervises doctoral practicum students and interns at Fairfax Hospital. She is a past president of CORand is currently a member of COR’s Board of Directors.

Refund Policy

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, less a $50
cancellation fee. Cancellations made less than 30 days in advance of the first session are nonrefundable and non-transferable unless COR is able to fill your spot with another registrant. 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.