The International Institute of
Object Relations Therapy

    The International Institute of Object Relations Therapy (IIORT) offers mental health professionals quality continuing education programming from short courses and 2 year programs to 4 years of clinical training in individual, couple and family therapy, all with continuing education credit. The Institute is based in Washington, DC but reaches out nationally through centralized training modules for students commuting to Washington from other states and through satellite programs held in Burlington, VT; Charlottesville, VA; Chevy Chase, MD; Long Island, Manhattan; New Orleans; Omaha, NE; Philadelphia; Salt Lake City; San Diego; Tampa; Panama and other cities by arrangement. IIORT provides further outreach through textbooks and telephone consultation. The innovative educational methods combine theoretical, clinical and experiential approaches to arrive at an integrated view of personhood, development, pathology and clinical interaction from an object relations perspective. Feedback and written evaluations from students, and input from our multidisciplinary faculty and Advisory Board ensure quality programming of relevance to the clinician. The aim of the Institute is to promote the science and art of psychoanalysis from the object relations perspective.

Board of Directors:
Jason Aronson, Dennis Blumer, Yvonne Burne, Dickson Carroll, Lorna Goodman, Kent Morrison, A. Tappan Wilder.

Advisory Board:
Daniel Goldberg PhD; Jaedene Levy MA, MSW; Helen Meek MA; Louis Reed DMin; Charles Schwarzbeck PhD.

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IIORT Faculty

    Faculty members are experienced in object relations therapy
They are certified clinical psychologists, certified counselors, licensed social workers, psychiatrists and psychoanalysts from various cultural backgrounds. The faculty group will select additional faculty after participation in the 2-year program or in a number of weekend conferences sufficient to demonstrate competence in object relations theory and technique, expertise in facilitating group learning, and ability to work with their own experience openly. Other factors addressed in making the selection are adaptability, integrity, and capacity for fitting with and complementing the composition of the existing multidisciplinary faculty and the culture of the program.

IIORT Faculty Positions
David E. Scharff, M.D.
Jill Savege Scharff, M.D.
----- Co-Directors
Charles Ashbach, Ph.D. ----- Editor, IIORT Newsletter, Chair, IIORT Philadelphia,
Carl Bagnini, C.S.W. ----- Chair, Couple, Child and Family Therapy Program, Chair IIORT Long Island, NY
Walton Ehrhardt, Ed.D. ----- Chair, Membership and Fundraising Programs, Chair IIORT New Orleans, LA
Judith Rovner, M.S.W. ----- Chair, Clinical Application Program and Supervision Program
David E. Scharff, M.D. ----- Chair, Two-Year core Program in Object Relations Theoryand Practice, Chair IIORT Manhattan, NY and Chevy Chase, MD
Jill Savege Scharff, M.D. ----- Chair, Fellows Program
Michael Stadter, Ph.D. ----- Dean of Students
Sharon Dennett, M.S.W. ----- Chair, IIORT Burlington, VT
Michael Kaufman, M.A. ----- Chair, IIORT Charlottesville, VA
Pat Lindquist, Ph.D. ----- Chair, IIORT San Diego, CA
Steven Skulsky, Ph.D. ----- Chair, IIORT Omaha, NE
Paula Swaner, Ph.D. ----- Chair, Salt Lake City, UT
Stanley Tsigounis, Ph.D. ----- Chair, IIORT Tampa, FL
Yolanda Varela, M.A. ----- Chair, IIORT Panama, RP
Jack Hartke, Ph.D.    
Sheila Hill, M.S.W.    
Samuel Pinzon, Ph.D.    
Kent Ravenscroft, M.D.    
Lea Setton, Ph.D.    

    Co-Director, David E. Scharff, M.D. is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown Medical School and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He received his M.D. from Harvard and is board certified in adult and child psychiatry. He is a teaching analyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. He is a certified sex therapist and former President of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists. He was formerly Director, the Washington School of Psychiatry (1988-1994) and Chair of its Object Relations Theory and Therapy Program (1988-1993).

Co-Director, Jill Savege Scharff, M.D. is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University. Trained in Scotland and at London Tavistock clinic, she received membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Britain before emigrating to the United States. She is board certified in adult and child psychiatry and certified in child and adult psychoanalysis by the American Psychoanalytic Association. She is an associate supervising analyst in the Child Analytic Program of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. She was formerly Chair-Elect and Chair of the Object Relations Theory and Therapy Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry (1992-1994).

The Scharffs are the authors, co-authors and editors of numerous books on object relations, including The Sexual Relationship, Object Relations Family Therapy, Object Relations Couple Therapy, The Primer of Object Relations Therapy, Object Relations Therapy of Physical and Sexual Trauma, Object Relations Theory and Practice: An Introduction, Object Relations Individual Therapy and Tuning the Therapeutic Instrument.

Executive Administrator:
Anna Innes, B.A. Friday Evening


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