The Two-Year Certificate Program in Object Relations Theory and Practice provides a concentrated immersion in object relations theory and practice.
APPLY for June 2023 – (due May 8, 2023)
2023-2025 can be completed on Zoom (onsite attendance will be optional when IPI offers hybrid learning events)
This is the place to start your training at the IPI. Object Relations theory and practice using our innovative affective learning model are at the heart of the organization.
The Two-Year Certificate Program in Object Relations Theory and Practice provides a concentrated immersion in the fundamentals of object relations theory and therapy in the Washington DC area. The program is designed in a modular, block training format to accommodate both local professionals and those who commute to Washington. The two-year program consists of summer institutes offered in late spring or early summer each year, and eight three-day weekend conferences over the course of two years.
2023 Summer Institute will be June 25 through June 29 from 8am-12pm US ET daily
Once monthly videoconference seminars are offered as an ongoing link between the weekends and participation in the monthly live online Master Speaker Seminar Series and the Foundations of Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy Videoconference Series is included at no extra cost.
Come study and learn from experiences with internationally acclaimed object relations experts, IPI faculty, and other program participants. Teaching methods include lectures, videos, case presentations by faculty and participants, and an Affective Learning Group (GAM GROUP) small group learning experience.
Lorrie Peters, LCSW
Program Date(s):June 25, 2023 - April 30, 2025
There are three main components to the Object Relations Theory and Practice program:
- Monthly Videoconference Sessions with small group (2 hours on 1 Wednesday per month) throughout the academic year – distance learning via Zoom
- Summer Institutes (1 week each June in both years of study – 2 total) – distance learning via Zoom
- Weekend Conferences (4 each year in both years of study – 8 total)- distance learning via Zoom with option to attend onsite when IPI offers hybrid learning
- Preconference days (2 weekends per year require Thursday attendance in addition to Friday-Sunday) – distance learning via Zoom with option to attend onsite when IPI offers hybrid learning
Major Topics of Study:
- Attachment and mentalization
- Psychic structure
- Projective and introjective identification
- Therapeutic frame/setting
- Analytic listening
- Winnicott’s major concepts
- Resistance and impasse
- Psychoanalytic group theory
Monthly Videoconference Seminars
- Distance learning via Zoom
- One Wednesday of each month for 2 hours.
- includes small group affective learning session
- Instructions for joining the meeting will be provided to registered applicants.
(2023 and 2024 will be online via Zoom)
- June 25, 26, 27, 28, and 29 2023: Object Relations Theory and Practice. This institute will cover the basics of object relations theory from Kleinian and British Independent object relations points of view as applied to clinical practice. – zoom meetings will run from 8am to noon each day.
- June 2024: Infant Observation and Developmental Contributions to Object Relations Theory and Practice. Infant observation, development, attachment, and neuroscience research as applied to the use of containment and countertransference in clinical work.
Students in the Object Relations Theory and Therapy certificate program attend IPI’s Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Weekend Conferences during each of the two academic years.
The conferences feature guest contributors of international repute whose work is at the leading edge of contemporary object relations theory and IPI faculty. Advanced program participants are encouraged to prepare themselves as teachers by giving clinical presentations. These conferences are attended by the IPI community (faculty, students from other certificate programs, fellows, and guests) at large.
2022-2023 Academic Year Weekend Conferences:
IPI’s Weekend Conferences are offered online via Zoom with the option to attend onsite when a hybrid experience is available.
- September 30-October 2, 2022 – distance learning – Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD
- November 11-13, 2022 – distance learning or onsite – How Does the Couple and Family Lens Inform Work with Individuals?
- February 10-12, 2023 – distance learning – Ira Brenner, MD
- April 14-16, 2023 – distance learning or onsite – Salman Akhtar, MD
see the Weekend Conferences page for more information about weekend conferences at the IPI
We are currently finalizing the dates and speakers for 2023-2024.
Consultation and Personal Therapy (optional)
While consultation and therapy are not required for this two-year certificate program, ongoing consultation is recommended and available individually or in groups in cities with IPI faculty or anywhere by telephone or videoconference. Faculty will be offering group consultation by telephone or videoconference for participants in order to facilitate clinical application of object relations theory. Participants often undertake personal therapy by choice.
Master Speaker Series (optional – FREE)
Participants in the Object Relations Theory and Practice program are given free admission to our popular Master Speaker Series. Learn more about Master Speaker here: 2022-2023 Master Speakers
Foundations of Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy (optional – FREE)
Participants in the Object Relations Theory and Practice program are given free admission to our Couple Therapy Videoconference Series. Learn more about it here: https://theipi.org/clinical-training/foundations-of-psychoanalytic-couple-therapy-videoconference/
Special Lecture Series (optional – FREE)
Participants in the Object Relations Theory and Practice program are given free admission to our Special Lectures featuring a variety of guest speakers. Learn more about it here: https://theipi.org/clinical-training/special-conferences/
Lorrie Peters, LCSW
Jim Poulton, PhD
Sheila Hill, MSW
Ana Maria Barrosso, MD
Andi Pilecki, LPC
Michelle Kwintner, PhD
Matt Rosa, MD
Flora Barragan, MA
Caroline Sehon, MD
Norma Caruso, PsyD
Paul Bosco, MSW
Kelly Seim, LCSW
Karen Fraley, LCSW
Charles Ashbach, PhD
Janine Wanlass, PhD
Pat Hedegard, MA
David Scharff, MD
Jill Scharff, MD
Anne Taylor, LCSW
Karen Sherwood, MSW
Michele Reed, MSW
Mike Stadter, PhD
THE AFFECTIVE MODEL AND THE SMALL GROUP (GAM GROUP)
The Affective Learning Model is an educational format derived from object relations principles. Faculty and students learn together from didactic material and from experience to integrate cognition and affect, theory and technique, intrapsychic and interpersonal dimensions. Small affective learning groups are an essential element of The Affective Learning Process. Participants meet in these groups twice daily during summer institutes and during weekend conferences in order to integrate their intellectual and emotional reactions to the material at individual and group levels, and to apply it to their clinical situations. The small affective group retains the same membership and leader over the two years of the course. This ensures a committed, intense integrative experience for which participants need to be physically and emotionally resilient. Participants say that the small group is the place where they discuss, argue, wrestle with, experience personally, and take in the concepts that become a natural part of their way of working.
Learn more about this integral part of our organization here: https://theipi.org/about-ipi/#GAM
Applicants should submit:
- current C.V.
- completed registration form
- reference letter from a supervisor/consultant, employer, instructor et. al.
- application fee of $50 for the Object Relations Theory and Practice Program (will be applied to first year tuition)
IPI does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, nationality, religion, age, gender, sexual preference or physical handicap. See this page for registration form and complete details about the application process.
Selection of Applicants
This program references and discusses clinical material. Therefore, we can only accept applicants who meet the following requirements:
- been working actively in the mental health field and have seen clients/patients
- a letter of reference from a current or former supervisor, employer, instructor or similar person who can vouch for your ethical character
Selected participants are mental health professionals or advanced students who are accepted on the basis of their interest in object relations theory and commitment to group learning. We recruit a diverse body of participants at various levels of experience and from all mental health disciplines.
Tuition and Fees
Annual tuition is $3,235.
Annual tuition includes:
- four weekend conferences per year (weekend conferences)
- two will be Friday-Sunday
- two will be Thursday-Sunday
- one summer institute per year
- monthly two-hour videoconference seminar/small group
- Associate IPI Membership (and all associate member benefits)
- Free registration for any Master Speaker videoconference
- Free registration for any Foundations of Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy videoconference
- Free registration for any Special Topics videoconference
Limited scholarship funds are available for this training: https://theipi.org/scholarships/
Should you have any questions about the program or the application process, please feel free to contact:
Core Program Chair - Lorrie Peters - firstname.lastname@example.org
Continuing Education Information
The International Psychotherapy Institute, IPI, is approved by The American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content. The International Psychotherapy Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6017. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The International Psychotherapy Institute is responsible for all aspects of the programs. The International Psychotherapy Institute is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. The International Psychotherapy Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0299.
Participants are responsible for verifying that IPI CE credit is accepted by the licensing boards in their own states. Please note: At this time we are aware that CE credit for IPI events will not be accepted by the New Jersey Board of Social Work.