Object Relation Institute’s Summer 2022 Open House

When: Sunday, 7/10/22 (1:00pm — 3:30pm)
Where: Virtual participation will be available via zoom

Everyone is welcome! No fee, but RSVP is required!
Please RSVP/ Register by filling out the REGISTRATION FORM

For more information about this open house and the virtual participation – please contact ORI’s administrator at .
This Open House will feature the Interactive Lecture and the Experiential Role Play on

Working with Personality Disorders in Psychoanalytic Supervision:
The Object Relations View

with Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler, ORI’s Co-founder and Executive Director

Object Relations theory has been particularly useful to understand patients and clients with personality disorders, which form mostly due to early developmental arrest within their first three years of life, when the basic core self structure is forming.

At this Open House, Dr. Susan Kavaler-Adler will address the phenomena of Borderline, Narcissistic, and Schizoid conditions in developmental object relations terms. She will speak about the different psychic structure character formations, and how they require different psychotherapeutic approaches. She will also speak about self-integration, psychic structure internalization, and separation-individuation – in relation to the psychoanalytic psychotherapist’s capacities to process dissociated trauma, since this dissociated trauma impacts the therapist as “objective countertransference” (Donald Winnicott) and as “projective-identification” (Melanie Klein, Heinrich Racker, Wilfred Bion, and Paula Heimann).

Dr. Kavaler-Adler will illustrate how every psychotherapist can be helped with the difficult task of processing projective identification and “objective” or induced countertransference through an object relations model of supervision. This supervision involves “in vivo” clinical experience in the form of “role-plays,” as well as in the form of “meditative visualization.” As primal trauma and its sadomasochistic enactments are understood, rather than reacted to in a retaliatory manner, each therapist in this supervision learns about the clinical technique spoken about by D. W. Winnicott as “object survival.”

Dr. Kavaler-Adler will also illustrate how through “survival” of primitive aggressive reenactments, patients can begin to tolerate containing their own experience (as in Wilfred Bion’s “container” and the “contained”). Only then, the therapist can begin to interpret the compulsive primitive enactments that were formerly too traumatically overwhelming to discuss. Once the patient/client/analyzand comes to contain their inner compulsive reenactments, rather than to act them out in a dissociated way, they move from more primitive psychic state of being (Melanie Klein’s “paranoid-schizoid position”) to a more advanced one (Melanie Klein’s “depressive position”).

Then, symbolization develops naturally, along with all the organically evolving ego functions; and internal psychic space and transitional space (Donald Winnicott) allow the person to become an “interpreting subject” (Thomas Ogden), as well as to receive new “internalizations.” Then, the patient begins to receive interpretations, rather than experience them as an invasive persecutory assault. At the same time, the therapist interprets how persecutory they are perceived, when making interpretations. Can they then interpret being a Kleinian “toilet breast,” as well as a persecutory “bad object” (as the Kleinians do)?

Through all this, the therapist learns how to be there with a patient, who (by developmental necessity) must mourn the loss of an early symbiotic object (prior to the developmental trauma). Developmental mourning (Susan Kavaler-Adler) precedes, from the core self and object loss to later losses. This understanding of mourning overlaps with James Masterson’s “abandonment depression.” Without the working through of the “abandonment depression,” the patient seeks addictive highs that regressively return them to the “reunion fantasy” (James Masterson and Margaret Mahler) of being one again with the symbiotic mother (fused together with the mother in a split-off “grandiose self” structure in the narcissistic character pathology).

The role-play will be used to demonstrate how the therapist responds, moment to moment, to the patient’s developmental trauma enactment, and intervenes with empathic attunement, within the “in vivo” clinical process. One of the Open House participants will have the opportunity to volunteer and play the role of his/ her patient, to get inside of their patient’s internal experience, with Dr. Kavaler-Adler who will role-play the object relations psychoanalyst.

Then will be the time for all questions about the Object Relations Institute’s One‑, Two‑, and Four- year Certificate Training Programs, as well as the Supervisory Mentorship and Parent-Child Development Programs. Questions about the rich curriculum and high level faculty will be answered, along with questions about requirements for full psychoanalytic certificate training, and about requirements for one or two year educational certificates, which can be stepping stones to the full psychoanalytic training @ORI.

All our programs are offered in a hybrid mode (in-person and virtual) since the 2014–2015 academic year. Due to COVID restrictions, we are still in virtual mode (from 2020–2021 academic year). Our Virtual programs are offered via audio/video platforms (with minimal requirements).

Open House participants will learn about special scholarships at the ORI! The ORI has established Dr. Jeffrey Seinfeld Scholarship Fund, and since the 2013–2014 academic year, we are offering scholarships to the social workers, mental health counselors, and other mental health professionals in the US and overseas who are interested in object relations psychoanalytic training.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to email to:

Susan Kavaler-Adler, PhD, ABPP, Institute’s Co-founder and Executive Director at and/or
Inna Rozentsvit, M.D., PhD, MBA, MSciEd, Administrator and Programs Director at  or .

ORI Community also enjoys the benefits of:

• Sliding scale fee therapy Referral Service for individuals, couples, adolescents, and children
• Professional networking and practice development
• Professional publishing and preparation for publishing
• Building the Cause (originally, it was #361700 Cause on Facebook), Support Mental Health Education, to support the students and the low income mental health professionals with scholarships
• Free educational mini video series “Object Relations View” – at our YouTube Channel, “ObjectRelations2009(also available on the Educational Videos section of this website)

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