Dear Visitors of the Object Relations Institute’s Web Site,

Please join our faculty and our trainees for another year of educational success!

The Object Relations Institute offers certificate programs in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis with a special curriculum featuring the teaching of the British and American Object Relations theorists and their clinical applications.

The curriculum stresses pre-oedipal stage psychopathology contributing to character disorders, and modifications and elaborations in Freudian theory and technique made by object relations theorists. Object relations theorists have contributed to deepening our understanding of psychical structures and offer us techniques for dealing with clients who were thought to be unreachable.

This unique curriculum conducted in small group and class settings provides the candidate with the whole experiential dimension of learning related to the processing of “objective countertransference” feelings, associations, and visceral experiences. These issues are seen as the key to understanding the split off and dissociated aspects of the psychotherapy or psychoanalytic patient, as the clinician sits in the room with him or her. This experiential study takes place in supervision groups, which highlight the group process as a medium for the learning personal development process. In-depth communication between candidates in each class is encouraged in relation to their internal processing of their clinical work.

All our traditional certificate programs are offered as the 10-week trimesters, which include two classes per trimester: the Group Supervision classes (Thursdays, 6:15pm‑7:30pm/ or 7:15pm‑8:30pm if classes are offered only in virtual format) and the Clinical Theory classes (Thursdays, 8:15pm — 9:30pm/ or 8:40pm‑9:55pm if classes are offered only in virtual format). There are also additional Clinical Theory classes offered on different days of the week to the 3rd and 4th year trainees of the traditional full psychoanalytic training program and to all interested clinicians.

ORI offers traditional (hybrid, in-person & virtual) or virtual (via Zoom or Gotomeeting) courses and programs:

Training Courses & Programs at ORI,  by Academic Years
(for the Full Calendar of ORI’s Educational Events, Visit the CALENDAR Page)

Traditional Training Programs:

One Year Certificate Program: An Introduction to Object Relations Theory & Clinical Application
Two-Year Certificate Program: Advanced Object Relations Clinical Theory & Technique
Four Year Certificate Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis
One Year Clinical Mentorship/ Supervision Program for Psychoanalysts and Psychotherapists

(Each class can be taken as a separate 10-week course. Each participant earns 12.5 hrs or post-graduate educational credits. Most of the courses are also accredited for the CEs for mental health professionals.)

Dates for the courses in 2022–2023 academic year:

1st trimester: October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17; December 1; 8; 15, 2022
2nd trimester: January 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2, 9, 16, 2023
3rd trimester: April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 15, 25; June 1, 8, 15, 2023

Please note that the following courses are the ones offered as separate certificate courses, as well as a part of the Training Programs at ORI.
For the full list of ORI’s offerings, please check our Calendar of Events.

First year of all certificate programs (One Year, Two-Year, and Full Four-Year programs) consists of three 10-week trimesters (conducted on Thursday evenings) of the clinical theory course, which is accompanied by the “Analyst as Instrument” group supervision course.
Listing of the courses:
Trimester 1: 10/6/22 — 12/15/22 (Thursdays, 8:40pm — 9:55pm) — Introduction to the Object Relations Clinical Theory and Its Clinical Experiential Applications (with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, DLitt)
Trimester 1: 10/6/22 — 12/15/22 (Thursdays, 7:15pm — 8:30pm) — “Analyst as Instrument” Group Supervision Class (with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, DLitt)
Trimester 2: 1/12/23 — 3/16/23 (Thursdays, 8:40pm — 9:55pm) — Character Disorders: Borderline, Narcissistic, Schizoid Conditions: Object Relations Clinical Theory and Clinical Cases (with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, D. Litt)
Trimester 2: 1/12/23 — 3/16/23 (Thursdays, 7:15pm — 8:30pm) — “Analyst as Instrument” Group Supervision Class (with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, DLitt)
Trimester 3: 4/13/23 — 6/15/23 (Thursdays, 8:40pm — 9:55pm) — pending (with Stefanie Teitelbaum, LCSW‑R, NCPsyA)
Trimester 3: 4/13/23 — 6/15/23 (Thursdays, 7:15pm — 8:30pm) — “Analyst as Instrument” Group Supervision Class (with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, DLitt)
Trimester 3: 4/15/23; 4/29/23 (Saturdays, 9am — 2pm) — Enactment(s): Theoretical and Clinical Aspects (with Eva D. Papiasvili, PhD, ABPP) [Elective]
Trimester 3: Dates TBA — The Demon Lover Complex: The Integration Of British And American Object Relations Theory (with Richard M. Alperin, Ph.D., LCSW) [Elective]

Second, Third, and Fourth years of all certificate programs also consists of three 10-week trimesters of the clinical theory course, which is accompanied by “Analyst as Instrument” group supervision course component. Candidates in training who are continuing their education through Year Three and Four are required to take additional clinical theory courses to complete their certification.
Listing of the courses:
Trimester 1: 10/6/22 — 12/15/22 (Thursdays, 8:40pm — 9:55pm) — Meditative Psychoanalysis and the Art of Flourishing (with Jeffrey Rubin, PhD)
Trimester 1: 10/6/22 — 12/15/22 (Thursdays, 7:15pm — 8:30pm) — “Analyst as Instrument” Group Supervision Class (with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, DLitt)
Trimester 2: 1/12/23 — 3/16/23 (Thursdays, 8:40pm — 9:55pm) — Character Disorders: Borderline, Narcissistic, Schizoid Conditions: Object Relations Clinical Theory and Clinical Cases (with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, DLitt)
Trimester 2: 1/12/23 — 3/16/23 (Thursdays, 7:15pm — 8:30pm) — “Analyst as Instrument” Group Supervision Class (with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, DLitt)
Trimester 3: 4/13/23 — 6/15/23 (Thursdays, 8:40pm — 9:55pm) — pending (with Stefanie Teitelbaum, LCSW‑R, NCPsyA)
Trimester 3: 4/13/23 — 6/15/23 (Thursdays, 7:15pm — 8:30pm) — “Analyst as Instrument” Group Supervision Class (with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, DLitt)
Trimester 3: 4/15/23; 4/29/23 (Saturdays, 9am — 2pm) — Enactment(s): Theoretical and Clinical Aspects (with Eva D. Papiasvili, PhD, ABPP)
Trimester 3: Dates TBA — The Demon Lover Complex: The Integration Of British And American Object Relations Theory
(with Richard M. Alperin, Ph.D., LCSW)

Summer Trimester 4: Dates TBA — Infant Observational Research and Its Impact on Psychoanalytic Theory and Technique (with Ann Rose Simon, LCSW‑R, LP)
Summer Trimester 4: Dates TBA — Examining Cultural Artifacts: A Tool for Personal and Professional Development (course/ seminar with Robinson Lilienthal, PhD)

To REGISTER, use the Registration Form on the web page that belongs to each particular course OR email your questions to .

To make a payment on line, follow the links for payment on each of the event’s web pages. You can also pay via PayPal.Me/ORINYC directly, if you had some prior arrangements done re: any discounts or scholarships. For more information, contact the administrator at .

For non-ORI events with our faculty/ students/ candidates participation — please visit the BULLETIN BOARD on our web site. Please follow the registration directions for non-ORI events as designated on the Bulletin Board.

To donate to our scholarship program (and receive the tax-deductable receipt) — please follow the link HERE.

For those who received One Year training at the ORI in the past — please, inquire about furthering your study through the second year of our Two Year Program. For those who received Two-Year training at the ORI in the past — please, inquire about furthering your study through the Full Training in Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Write to: or/and . Call 646–522‑0387 or/and 212–674‑5425.

For more information and to register, call (646) 522‑1056 or e‑mail or .

You can register also via fax at 718–785‑3270.

For full description of the classes, please visit the Certificate Programs page.

Individual courses & seminars (new since 2011):

Child Development & Application of Object Relations Theory to Working with Children (seminar)
Infant Research & Object Relations Approach
Interpretation of Dreams & Object Relations Clinical Technique (Advanced course)
Neurobiology for Psychotherapists and Psychoanalysts (seminar)

For full description of the classes, please visit the Individual Courses page or Certificate Courses page, as each class is offered as an individual or certificate course (with 12.5 post-graduate credits offered to those who completes each course).

Exposure to the work of advanced clinicians (as instructors, mentors, supervisors, lecturers, and discussants).
Group and individual clinical mentorship — email Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler at .

Annual Conference & Annual Workshop Series:

3/24/18 — Annual Conference: Is It the Wolf In the Man Or the Man In the Wolf? A Contemporary Object Relations View of Freud’s Wolf Man: Fragile Narcissism and Borderline Dynamics. Presenter: Harold Blum, M.D. Discussants: Stefanie Teitelbaum, LCSW‑R, NCPsyA and Eva D. Papiasvili, PhD, ABPP. Moderator: Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, D.Litt., NCPsyA.
3/18/17 — Annual Conference: The Dark Side of Creativity: Compulsions, Blocks, and Creations. Presenter: Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, D.Litt, NCPsyA Discussants: Stefanie Teitelbaum, LCSW‑R, NCPsyA and Jack Schwartz, PsyD, LCSW Moderator: Eva Papiasvili, PhD, ABPP Working Lunch: ORI Academic Press authors discuss the dark side of creativity featured in their books: Sandra Indig, LCSW‑R, LP, ATCB: Talking colors: Seeing words/ Hearing images
4/23/17 — Interactive Lecture: The Subjective Experience of Time: Time as Persecutory, Frozen, or Holding: An Object Relations Perspective for Clinicians (with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, D.Litt)
3/19/16 — Annual Conference: Women’s Voices in Psychoanalysis: Erased or Forgotten: Sabina Spielrein, Izette de Forest, Elizabeth Severn, Clara Thompson, Alice Balint, and Enid Balint. Paper presentations: Jeffrey Lewis, PhD and B. William Brennan, ThM, MA, LMHC. Discussion: by Eva Papiasvili, PhD, ABPP. Moderator: Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler.
10/08/16 — Lecture/ workshop: Finding and Sustaining One’s True Self Voice, and Opening Paths to Success (with Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA, D.Litt)
2/22/15 — Annual Conference: On Guilt, Conscience, Regret, and Reparation. Paper presentations : Dr. Donald Carveth and Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler.
2/23/14 — Annual ORI Conference: Psychoanalysis Today: Objectivied Digital Minds and Lost Hearts on the Cybercouch. Paper presentation : Dr. Margaret Yard. Discussion: by Dr. Ruth Danon and Dr. Jeffrey Lewis. Moderator: Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler.
2/10/13 — Annual ORI Conference: Countertransference, Regret, Aggression and Their Vicissitudes. Paper presentation : Countertansference, Regret and Aggression: Dramas and Free Associations in the Object Relations Therapy Group — by Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler. Discussion: Regret, Failure, and the Hidden Value of Crisis — by Dr. Jeffrey Rubin. Moderator: Dr. Jeffrey Lewis.

Educational mini-video series on various concepts related to psychoanalysis and the object relations clinical theory and technique — Click on YouTube tab or scroll down this page.

Useful information related to getting financial assistance for your education from your employer:
Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (Training Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization.
Our EIN # 133697333. We are chartered by NYS Department of Education to provide post-graduate training in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.