Certificate Programs

The Object Relations Institute or Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis is a non-profit NY State Chartered Educational Institute, which was founded in 1991. Our training programs include a few programs for matriculated students who are enrolled in psychoanalytic & psychotherapeutic tracks, while there are various introductory courses offered for new mental health practitioners and interested public, and also courses for experienced clinicians of any school of psychoanalytic thought who wish to enhance their practice by application of the Object Relations theory.

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 preoedipal 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 certificate programs are offered in the virtual (with minimal technical requirements) and in-person format.

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For more information, please contact ORI Administrator, Dr. Inna Rozentsvit, by email @

Our Object Relations Institute has a unique combination of theoretical, clinical, and experiential courses, which is enhanced by the individual supervision process in which each candidate shares with his/her supervisor the detailed process of his own clinical work. This training is made all the more vivid and organic for each candidate by the individual psychotherapy and/or psychoanalysis of each candidate. Those in treatment with a training analyst from the Institute benefit the most from experiencing first hand the nature of the Object Relations treatment.

The theoretical part of the program (classes on Object Relations Clinical Theory and Technique) has been established with a consideration for the roots and development of Object Relations thinking as an outgrowth and extension of traditional psychoanalysis. Introductory, beginning, and advanced classes are offered in the learning of each of the major Object Relations theorists, as well as further courses related to work of the theorists extending the work of these original theorists, and the clinical use and case application of each theorist’s theory is focused on in class. Candidates are exposed to the clinical cases of senior faculty, and are encouraged to engage in dialogues concerning the internal process of each Instructor herself/himself, when in connection with their own patients. The internal processing of the teacher with his/her own patients is then looked at in light of readings that are discussed in class on Object Relations teaching and theory. Candidates are encouraged to then join in by presenting their own cases in light of readings and course topics. The actual clinical application of all theoretical ideas is the primary focus throughout.

In addition to  the Object Relations clinical theory and technique classes, we offer the Group Supervision class, throughout the four years of training. Group Supervision works in interaction with the theory classes. In this class, candidates tune in to their own internal process as it occurs in conjunction with the internal process of their patients; and they learn to understand their own experience (incl. countertransference) while in the room with the patient, as a critical focus for both engaging with the patient and for understanding the patient. The faculty member who conducts the group facilitates this process. Candidates also are free to express feelings towards each other in these groups, and the nature of these feeling experiences can be related back to their feeling experiences with their patients.

Also, as a trusting atmosphere is established, candidates find this environment safe enough to share concerns they may have about the  Institute and their participation within it or concerns about difficulties they may be having in any area of their  Institute’s training. This focus is then more fully explored in conjunction with individual advisors.

For more information about our Certificate Programs, please contact:

Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, NCPsyA,  ORI’s Founder & Executive Director, @ 212–674‑5425 and/ or
Inna Rozentsvit, M.D., PhD, MSciEd, Administrator/ Registrar, @ 646–522‑1056 and/ or .

STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMS:

All our traditional certificate programs are offered as the 10-week trimesters, which include two courses per trimester: the Group Supervision course (usually on Thursdays, 6:15pm‑7:30pm) and the Clinical Theory courses (usually on Thursdays, 8:15pm — 9:30pm). There are also additional Clinical Theory courses (two per each trimester) 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.

Full training program candidates are also required to be in individual analysis (with approved psychoanalyst) and in individual supervision (35 sessions/ academic year, except for the 1st year, with requirement for only 30 sessions/ academic year). Individual supervision continues until graduation.

Those students who start their training from taking the One-Year or Two-Year programs can roll in their course credits into the Full Certificate Training Program, with fulfilling all additional requirements for individual supervision and individual training analysis before their graduation.

FEES:

Registration fee (for each program) is $100.

Tuition for each mandatory 10-week class/course (Clinical Theory and Group Supervision) is $450.

Tuition for each 10-week trimester (2 classes/ trimester) is $900.

Tuition for each full year: Training Year 1 and 2 (three trimesters, 2 classes each) -$2,700. Training Year 3 and after require additional classes taken (min 1 class/week/ semester — for those with prior training; otherwise 2 classes/week/ semester), and the tuition for each additional class is $450/ semester.

Fee (sliding scale) for individual supervision (mandatory for all candidates in Full Psychoanalytic Training Program, and encouraged for all candidates in other certificate programs) is $65/ hr (minimum 35 hrs per academic year is required, until graduation. First year requirement is 30 hrs of individual supervision).

Fee for training analysis sessions is flexible and a subject of an agreement between an analyst and a candidate.

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 # 13–3697333. We are chartered by NYS Department of Education to provide post-graduate training in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.

Cancellation policy for training courses/ educational activities:

a) if cancelled before the first session/course date — full tuition refund is afforded, but not the registration fees (if any);
b) if cancelled after the date of the first session — 1/2 of tuition is refunded, but not the registration fees (if any);
c) if cancelled after two sessions of the course — 1/4 of tuition is refunded, but not the registration fees (if any);
d) if cancelled after the third session — no refund is afforded.

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