Object Relations Theory and Practice

The Two-Year Certificate Program in Object Relations Theory and Practice located in the Washington D.C area, provides a concentrated immersion in object relations theory and practice.

ALL APPLICATIONS for the program starting on June 23, 2021 are due JUNE 1st

APPLY NOW – (due June 1, 2021)

travel to in-person meetings 5 times per year (2021-2022 academic year will be distance learning due to Covid-19)
2 hour distance learning sessions once per month

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. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, IPI will be holding the June 2021 summer institute as a live online learning experience Wednesday June 23 – Sunday June 27. Current plans are for the 2022 summer institute to take place in person as a 5-day meeting in the Washington, DC area. 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.

Program Chair

Lorrie Peters, LCSW

Program Date(s):

June 23, 2021 - May 31, 2023

Program Components

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) – distance learning via Zoom
  • Summer Institutes (1 week each June in both years of study – 2 total) – in-person unless otherwise noted
  • Weekend Conferences (4 each year in both years of study – 8 total)- in-person unless otherwise noted

Major Topics of Study:

  • Attachment and mentalization
  • Psychic structure
  • Projective and introjective identification
  • Therapeutic frame/setting
  • Transference/countertransference
  • Enactments
  • 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.

Summer Institutes

(held in the Washington, DC area unless otherwise noted)

  • June 2021: Object Relations Theory and Practice. June 23-27, time TBA. 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. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, IPI will be holding the June 2021 summer institute as a live online learning experience. 

 

  • June, 2022: 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.

 

Weekend Conferences

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.

Certificate program students will attend a two-day intensive training in October prior to the October 2021 weekend conference.

2021-2022 Academic Year Weekend Conferences:

Conferences are held in-person in the Washington, DC area unless otherwise noted.

  • October 1-3, 2021: (online via Zoom Videoconference) Beverly Greene: Certificate program students will attend a two-day intensive training prior to the October 2021 weekend conference.
  • November 5-7, 2021: (online via Zoom Videoconference) Arieta Slade on Infant Observation
  • February 4-6, 2022: Kerry and Jack Novick on Child Therapy/Child Analysis.
  • April 22-24, 2022: IPI Couple and Family Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Weekend

see the Weekend Conferences page for more information about weekend conferences at the IPI

Optional Components

Supervision and Personal Therapy (optional)

While supervision and therapy are not required for this two-year certificate program, supervision 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: https://theipi.org/clinical-training/master-speaker-videoconference-series/

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/

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

Application

Applicants should submit:

  • current C.V.
  • completed registration form
  • reference letter from a supervisor
  • application fee of $100 for the Object Relations Theory and Practice Program

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

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:


Should you have any questions about the program or the application process, please feel free to contact:

Core Program Chair - Lorrie Peters - core@theipi.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.

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.

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